After much study, I believe a biblical case can be made for women in pastoral leadership.
This means little more than I can affirm with a clear conscience those of my sisters that choose this path.
I once was a complementarian, now, I’m an uneasy egalitarian.
Uneasy… because I do not deny that the biblical witness is clearly patriarchal.
Uneasy… because I do not take the weight of tradition lightly.
Uneasy…because I might be wrong.
There are tensions between what appear to be clear prohibitions of women in office and the descriptions of what women were actually doing anyway.
There are injunctions we deem “cultural” while we import others into our own culture.
That seems to be an arbitrary process…and the arbiters have always been men.
My choice is then to hold those tensions and fall on the side of what I believe is the direction of the kingdom…where cultural distinctions are erased and the Gospel is all that concerns us.
I do not consider this a radical departure from one doctrine to another…it’s more like changing lanes on the journey home.
I’ve changed lanes before.
I changed from synergism to monergism, from pre-trib to pre-wrath, and a few other points along the road.
That doesn’t mean I won’t share the highway or fly into road rage when I see those who stayed in the lane I left.
It simply means I’m trying to follow God as He drives on ahead of me.
Sometimes, when you change lanes, everyone else wants out of the car.
That’s ok…we’re still on the same road and God picks up hitchhikers.
Have you ever “changed lanes”?