Farewell, complementarianism (pt. 3)

5 thoughts on “Farewell, complementarianism (pt. 3)”

  1. Thank you Ben for sharing your journey away from complementarianism. You sound like one very interesting guy who has been around awhile through the different things that you’ve been able to do, as listed in your profile. I particularly like your last point that, “…if our theology doesn’t work in real life it isn’t good theology.” What I personally most appreciate about the Apostle Paul (from his writings) is that he is intensely practical, when you read him open-mindedly, in the way that he addresses the issues of the day. His solutions (could read, wise suggestions) are not necessarily arbitrary or a ‘one size fits all, for all time’ as most would have us believe. I absolutely love the ministry of Jesus for the same reason. He was not bound by religious or cultural taboos but answered His critics head on with the wisest of answers that revealed the heart of God in a new way. Sometimes, in a typically Jewish way, He simply posed another question that really stumped His detractors and should have got them thinking that perhaps they had got this whole God, and what He really wants from us, thing wrong. Enjoy your journey.

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  2. In Vietnam there is a woman who makes a circuit to three churches where she is the pastor of all three. They run over a thousand together in a country where this is extremely high risk. (I know of her from members of her family in other countries; she might have caused a bit of a stir in SE Asia). This Vietnamese woman stands out whenever I hear arguments like Driscoll’s – I wonder how many of his followers would continue to come if their lives, jobs, and families were at risk whenever they do. Yet, this woman has a following of over a thousand. Successful? And she isn’t alone. I am curious what the Pipers’s and Driscoll’s of America would say of such women?

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  3. “What I’m suggesting is that the answers border on being convoluted, arbitrary, and morally ambiguous. Complementarians take pride in being committed to moral absolutes. But it seems to me that those who affirm the full participation of women in the church are the ones who speak with greater moral clarity.”

    Amen to that.

    Boo Mark Driscoll, yay you.

    Females (but not pastors) with a large audience and loads of fruit:
    Beth Moore
    Joyce Meyers
    Audrey Wetherell Johnson

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