Is The ‘Women in Ministry’ Question A Gospel Issue?

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It’s been a couple of weeks since I sat down at the virtual table at the Passing the Saltshaker blog, where some online friends and I write about Christianity, the church and gender. This week we’re talking about where and how women belong in complementation churches and parachurch organizations.

Here’s a snippet from today’s post:

It was St. Augustine who wrote “in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.” It seems to me that Christians in church and para-church alike all agree with Augustine. We all want unity on the essentials, and liberty on the non-essentials. The underlying issue, then, is whether we consider the question of roles and relationships of men and women in the church to be an essential, or non-essential doctrine.

In other words: is the issue of women in the church a ‘gospel issue’?

I believe that the amount of liberty we are willing to extend in gender applications is directly proportional to how firmly we believe our theology of gender to be an essential to the Christian faith.

Pull up a seat at the table and read the rest here….

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  2. Having a right understanding of sex and gender issues (which are not synonymous, of course) can help with a right understanding of the gospel, but being wrong on the roles of men and women in the body of Christ does not mean someone must therefore be without the gospel. Some people conflate the two and it can lead to disastrous doctrinal problems.

    For instance, I just read something from the 9Marks website where the writer said complementarianism is important because it gives focus to discipleship. Hogwash. The focus of our lives in Christ is Christ, and the person who gives us that focus is the Holy Spirit. Elevating complementarian doctrine to the place of Jesus in our walk with God is idolatry.

    I had the privilege of hosting an egalitarian blogger and a complementarian blogger on the importance of not confusing genders/sex doctrine with the gospel: Putting The Comp/Egal Debate In Its Place. Aimee Byrd and Laura Martin did a great job on that one.

    On James and keeping the law, I am convinced he was telling us not to bother trying to keep the law. His point was that we are now under grace and that anyone who wants to live under the law will fail because violating one is violating them all. That passage warns us away from attempting to live by OT law or by rules created by people who think we need some under the NT. We are now free from all those things, and that freedom includes women being able to exercise every gift God has given them to the same extent men can exercise the gifts God has given them.

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