Why I Remain Unconvinced

Why?Why do I remain unconvinced of the complementarian perspective on the status of women in the church?

I remain unconvinced of the complementarian arguments, whether from the Bible, common sense or otherwise, because I have alternate arguments explaining difficult Bible passages. These alternate explanations arise from careful Bible study and well established rules for interpreting the Bible. These explanations are in harmony with historical orthodox Christian documents, and embrace the Presbyterian view of church and body life that all members have the Holy Spirit and contribute to the health of the whole body to the exclusion of personal/individual authority.

Most importantly, these egalitarian biblical explanations are in harmony with the gospel and person of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Why wouldn’t I choose to commit myself to such an explanation?

why not3Why wouldn’t you?

Why wouldn’t you embrace an explanation of difficult Bible passages about the status of women in the church, society and home that eagerly include women as the equal partners in function that you claim they are in being? Why not?

So, what would it take for me to change my mind?

I hope if I heard explanations of how my egalitarian biblical rationale violated well established and reformed rules for interpreting the Scripture, and how this rationale was not in harmony with orthodox and reformed Christian creeds and confessions, and a Presbyterian view of church and body life, all put to me in a loving way, I might be swayed.

Most importantly, if I heard how my egalitarian biblical rationale was in conflict with the gospel and person of our Lord Jesus Christ, I hope I would be provoked to deep thought and intense internal reexamination of my own thought and motives.

But I haven’t heard that.

I’ve hear about how wrong I am. I’ve heard re-explanations of the complementarian biblical rationale over and over. I’ve heard how wrong it is for me to question or study the Bible for myself. But I haven’t heard how my egalitarian biblical rationale is wrong, is unbiblical, is out of tune with orthodox and reformed Christianity and a Presbyterian perspective on church life. Most importantly, I haven’t heard how my egalitarian biblical rationale is in conflict with the gospel and person of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I remain unconvinced.