Why I Changed Lanes On Women In The Pastorate: Part 1
“All women are Philistines”.
Women were either sultry vixens looking to bring you to scandalous ruin or they would trap you in marriage and wear you down with control and nagging.
They had no “vision” for ministry and should be avoided… unless they were really hot and utterly submissive.
Blessed was the man who found a woman that was both…otherwise, he could keep on looking for one who was.
There were, of course, Scriptures to support this attitude, if necessary.
I have almost fifteen years worth of emails and documentation that proves that this was not a local phenomena,nor was it confined to Calvary Chapel.
I have been open since that time to find a Biblical case to include women in all levels of ministry and give them equal voice and authority in the Body of Christ.
In my opinion, a reasonable case has been established in a book by John Stackhouse called “Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case For Egalitarianism”.
I will summarize an entire book in this and another post…if the issue matters to you, read the book itself, as I cannot possibly do it justice on a blog.
The position cannot be worked out in proof texts, but in principles.
The first principle is equality.
“There are lots of scriptural clues, therefore, to indicate that the egalitarians are right: God originally intended women and men to be coequal partners in stewarding the earth, without one being subordinate to the other, and God has never rescinded that mandate. Indeed, in God’s renewal of all things, in his great salvation plan to restore shalom, men and women will treat each other as they were intended to treat each other— and we already see this renewed order in the inbreaking of the kingdom evident in the New Testament.”
Stackhouse Jr., John G. (2015-11-08). Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism (p. 48). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.
Eschatology isn’t just or primarily about the Rapture…it’s about the renewal and restoration of all creation, including men and women and their respective roles.
The kingdom is already come, but not yet in it’s fullness…and the church is to reflect the already as the Holy Spirit leads.
If this statement is true, then why does the Bible seem so clearly patriarchal and prohibitive of women in the pastorate?
That is answered by the principle of accommodation, which we will look at in our next article.