By Adam Brown – The first article that I commend to you is by Thabiti Anyabwile. As an active speaker, writer, and pastor with The Gospel Coalition, Anyabwile takes a very irenic approach to this divisive issue. Below are some excerpts from his article entitled, I’m Complementarian, BUT… Women Can be Deacons: I believe answering … More Thabiti Anyabwile: “I’m Complementarian, BUT… Women Can be Deacons”
By Adam Brown – I am devoted to complementarity. By this I mean that even while I affirm the full equality of men and women, I believe that God created humanity in two genders, male and female. Gender-blindness, therefore, is not a biblical option. There are not twelve genders, seven genders, three genders, or just … More Complementarian Churches Should Appoint Qualified Women to Serve as “Deacons”
By Adam Brown – God’s vision for the structure of the church is quite simple. Overseers are entrusted with headship under Christ, and with headship comes the responsibility to teach and exercise authority (1 Timothy 3:1-7). Servants are called to help the overseers in the implementation of ministry (1 Timothy 3:8-13). Herein lies our seventh … More Instruction 7: Appoint Qualified Servants
By Adam Brown – We should not expect the governance structure of the local church to be self-evident. The natural bent of any individual regarding proper governance will largely depend on his or her cultural and historical context. Thus, for example, in medieval Europe a strong hierarchy of bishop-priest-laity made easy sense. By contrast, in … More Instruction 6: Appoint Qualified Overseers
By Adam Brown – In 1 Timothy 2:11-15 we receive the fifth instruction to the church, that men are to teach and exercise authority in the church. The last verse in this passage is peculiar and difficult to understand: Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with … More Are Women Saved by Bearing Children?
By Adam Brown – The fifth instruction to the church is given in the negative by way of prohibition. Women are not permitted to teach men or to exercise authority over men: Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; … More Instruction 5: Men are to Teach and Exercise Authority in the Church
By Adam Brown – Paul’s second instruction to the Church is that we are to pray for all people (1 Timothy 1:1-7). His third instruction, that men are to lead in prayer without anger or quarreling (1 Timothy 2:8), was clearly related to the call for prayer. Likewise, Paul’s fourth instruction, that women are to … More Instruction 4: Women, Adorn Yourselves in Respectable Apparel, Modesty, and Self-control