Women as Church leaders: Female complementarians on current debates, Beth Moore, misogyny

www.christianpost.com | 8/18/2019 | Staff
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The issue of women in church leadership is often described as the complementarian vs. egalitarian debate, but an important debate is taking place among complementarians themselves.

Denominations - Nuances - Church - History - Leadership

Although denominations vary and nuances abound, for much of Church history leadership roles such as lead pastor and elders have been reserved for men, often backed by tradition and what appears to be scriptural exegesis on the subject. Broadly speaking, what are known as complementarians, generally believe that women are forbidden from holding certain offices in the church. By contrast, theological egalitarians insist that Scripture does not warrant such restrictions.

Amid widespread sexual abuse and corruption scandals rocking evangelical churches and denominations, the question about how women are treated in the church and precise ways in which they can and should lead has risen to the fore yet again.

Months - Controversy - Bible - Teacher - Speaker

In recent months, controversy has surrounded popular Bible teacher and speaker Beth Moore as she has suggested that her denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, has put too many restrictions on women, and that overemphasis on the subject ultimately impedes the furtherance of the Gospel.

To explore these questions in greater depth, The Christian Post spoke with two theologically adept women who maintain that Scripture holds that certain offices are reserved for men in the church while also addressing how and why misogyny manifests in Part 1. It will be followed by an in-depth interview with an egalitarian scholar in Part 2.

Text - Proof - Women - Church - Apostle

The text most often used as proof that women are not allowed to preach in church are the Apostle Paul's words in 1 Timothy 2:12–13, which reads: "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man;[b] she must be quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve."

For Aimee Byrd, a theologian and author with the Alliance...
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