Unlikely Partners

Complementarians usually want to distance themselves from the LGBTQ cause as far as they can. Yet, I believe they subtly strengthen the LGBT case by accepting their presuppositions.

How does the complementarian rationale/position aid and abet the LGBTQ cause?

1) Complementarianism misidentifies the LGBTQ cause as an equality issue when it is NOT!

Women’s Equality in the church ………………..LGBTQ Issues

in God’s Image ……………………………………Short of his glory

(Genesis 1:26-27) …………………………………(Romans 3:23)

social class – ethnic/racial heritage – sex ………………………..

…………………………………lying – murder – sexual immorality

(Gal.3:28) ……………………………….(Rom.1:24-32; Rev.22:15)

Sex ………………………………………………………….Gender

Being ………………………………………………………..Doing

Identity Conduct……………………………………………..Behavior

If women are recognized as equal members of the church beside men, will homosexuality follow next? This is a question being asked loudly by those who are committed to the complementarian view. It makes it seem as if the two causes are adamantly opposed to each other. Yet, I am beginning to see they have much in common.

Right along with the LGBT crowd, complementarians assume that the LGBT cause is an issue of equality. When complementarians use the slippery slope argument that equality for women in the church will lead to the acceptance of homosexual conduct and same sex marriage in the church, they place both issues directly into the equality category.

In Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood this same question is posed indirectly:

“#26. Q: Doesn’t Paul’s statement that “There is . . . neither male nor female . . . for you are all one in Christ Jesus”[1] take away gender as a basis for distinction of roles in the church?

A: No. Most evangelicals still agree that this text is not a warrant for homosexuality.”[2]

Did you have to go back and reread that once or twice? I certainly did. A very abrupt turn in thinking was taken and I got lost.

This answer puts the full participation of women along side the men in the church in exactly the same category as homosexual conduct. It accepts ‘homosexuality’ as an identity just like ‘male’ and ‘female’.

But there is no slippery slope because homosexual conduct is no more related to women’s full and complete participation in the church than is lying or murder. Lying and murder are sinful acts, just as is nonconformity to Christian sexual morality. Being female is just that – being.

2) Complementarianism emphasizes that the proper ‘Christian’ behavior of male & female persons must fit into very narrow modes of conduct or ‘roles’.

When complementarians paint extensive and detailed portraits of how exactly a Christian male &/or female looks and behaves, it moves the male/female sexes from identity into the category of behavior.

The complementarians are big on ‘roles’. But ‘role’ means the ‘part acted’, not the innate personhood of being. Consequently, if someone acts outside the mandated ‘Christian’ male/female ‘roles’ prescribed by complementarians, they – themselves and others – may begin to wonder if they are really the male or female person they were born as. They may doubt their identity based on their behavior and consequently feel pushed away from the Christian faith.

Identity is based on creation. Our sexual identity is based on our characteristics at birth, our physical genitalia, the reproductive system we were born with. Women’s full and complete equality with men in the church is an identity/equality issue. The LGBTQ cause is a behavior issue. They are NOT the same.

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[1] Gal. 3:28.

[2] Piper and Grudem, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, #26 A, 71.

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