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Biblical equality
Sept. 2, 2013
by Pastor Steve Thorson, Crossroads Community Church, Cokato

Today, I’d like to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ to consider the issue of men and women in the church and in the home.

A helpful (and scholarly) book about this is entitled, “Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity without Hierarchy.” The book begins as follows:

“’If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32).

“So promised Jesus Christ, the Lord of the church and of the cosmos. The cause of Christ is advanced only as truth is recognized, affirmed and lived out with wisdom and integrity . . . Doctrine that falls short of the truth not only impedes believers from walking in the full freedom of the gospel of grace and truth but also hinders unbelievers from coming to salvation through the work of Jesus Christ.”

Biblical equality “recognizes patterns of authority in the family, church and society – it is not anarchistic – but rejects the notion that any office, ministry or opportunity should be denied anyone on the grounds of gender alone.

“This is because women and men are made equally in God’s image and likeness (Gen 1:27), are equally fallen (Rom 3:23), equally redeemable through Christ’s life, death and resurrection (Jn 3:16), equally participants in the new-covenant community (Gal 3:28), equally heirs of God in Christ (1 Pet 3:7), and equally able to be filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit for life and ministry (Acts 2:17).

“Consequently, any limits placed on the gifts and abilities of women should be challenged through a rigorous examination of the biblical texts – rightly interpreted and harmonized with the whole of God’s Word . . . ”

If you’d like to discuss this, please contact me. Careful Bible study (Acts 17:11) and deep prayer (Acts 16:17) around these issues will advance the gospel of Jesus in our communities. Let’s study carefully so no human prejudice will get in the way of God’s soul saving work (Rom 14:13).


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