BIBLICAL FOUNDATION: Genesis 3:16
Evangelical feminists use Genesis 3:16 to argue that God’s statements to the woman introduce a new distinction in the roles of male authority and female subjection. The following exegesis will demonstrate that this is not an accurate interpretation of the text. Rather, the consequences to the woman introduce a distortion of the established roles given at Creation of male headship and female submission. Continue reading
Are men and women equal? Do men and women have different roles? Can women teach in the church? Should women serve as elders? Can women serve as deacons? These questions have contributed to a very divisive and heated debate among the Church over the past many decades. Throughout Scripture, there is a consistent pattern of role distinctions for men and women. God purposefully and brilliantly created male and female in his image, with ontological equality and functional difference. “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Gen. 1:26a). The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are equal in their divine nature, yet distinct in their personhood and function within the Godhead. Likewise, male and female share ontological equality, yet functional difference. Continue reading
Courtney Reissig is a wife, mother, and writer. She has written for numerous Christian publications including the Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and the Her.meneutics blog, and is also an assistant editor for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Courtney is the author of The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design and Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God. She also writes regularly at “In View of God’s Mercy”.