Chaos, confusion, and calamity. These words seem to be all that is happening in the news lately.
There are many topics that can be explored, but a topic that is near and dear to my heart is women involved in Church leadership, namely, the Elder and Pastoral roles. I have been on the side where, in my life, I have crossed the line in regards to my gender role. I know my mistake and I will spend my life fighting for Biblical roles between now. This article will explain three reasons why I am fighting against women in church leadership. Women society and culture abandons it’s God-given design, we should not wonder at all the chaos, confusion, and calamity that is happening around us.
Women in Church Leadership goes Against the Teachings of Scripture
I hear so often that women in leadership is acceptable because the Word of God was written “for that specific culture and it does not apply today.” It seems that time and again, when an egalitarian, who is in favor of women in church leadership, tries to make their position in line with Scripture, they essentially reject Scripture’s authority. With the rejection of Scripture comes the inevitable consequences of the lack of moral grounding. Homosexuality comes in under the guise of “love,” gender roles are rendered obscure and eventually done away with, and church discipline is out the window due to the “harshness” of the concept. Either Scripture is authoritative or it is not. When it comes to this topic, essentially, the Scriptures are esteemed as non-authoritative.
Gender Roles Effects Our Lives Inside and Outside the Church
Churches with heavily egalitarian leanings are liberal amongst conservative churches. When churches in the USA were becoming more liberal and feminized, the male attendance began to dwindle. In 1952, the worship service consisted of 53% female and 47% male attendees. In 1986, this statistical gap grew to 60% female and 40% male. In 1992 it was 43% male and in 1996 it plummeted to 28% male. Kenneth Woodward has reported that pastors of Protestant churches say, “Women usually outnumber the men three to one.” Where have all the good men gone? When the church will say that the passages that talk about women not preaching are irrelevant, they are essentially saying that men’s and women’s roles are not relevant for today as well. This is where egalitarianism (the belief that there is no substantial differences in roles between the sexes) gets its grounding. This hacks away at men’s responsibility and parades women’s usurpation of authority as normal and acceptable. We see a radical shift within the last sixty years of the traditional family home where in the 1960’s, 8% of children lived without a father and in 2012, that percentage increased to 24%. We have seen the increase of men not taking the responsibility God gave them in their role inside the home. Feminine leadership in the church has natural consequences of degrading the unique differences between men and women and in turn, effects our lives inside and outside the church.
Historical Precedence Shows The Effects of Allowing Women in Leadership
Some people say that gender roles and women in leadership is such a small thing that we should not fight about it. We should agree to disagree and get on with preaching the gospel. The problem with this is that the authority of Scripture is at stake and how we should conduct our lives as men and women. Wayne Grudem, in his book, Evangelical Feminism and Biblical Truth, has stated, “I have observed a regular pattern in which egalitarians first gain acceptance for their view, and then promote it more…and then force out the complementarians who oppose them.” The United Presbyterian Church-USA is a great example of what Grudem espouses:
1956-North-Ordination of Women approved
1964-South-Ordidation of Women approved
1974-The entire denomination required all candidates for ordination to approve and be a part of the ordination of women.
God has made men and women different for different roles. The main role of the leadership inside the home and outside the home, has been given to men as well as the Church leadership roles. When people try to squeeze their views to work with Scripture, ultimately, what ends up occurring is that the authority of Scripture is diminished. Allowing women in the leadership position of elder/pastor ultimately leads to confusion of gender roles, which affects each and every one of us. I will fight for this truth for the sake of the Gospel, the Church, and my children.