Between Creeds and Criticism



Many Evangelical Christians have found themselves convinced of a more egalitarian understanding of the relationship between men and women after reading Galatians 3:28 in context. While this verse does not say: “Women ought to be allowed to be senior pastors,” it lays out a crucial framework for church participation. Since we are in Christ, and no longer under the law, partiality must not be shown on the basis of ethnicity, social standing or gender because these barriers do not exist in Christ. Full justification translates into full participation of these groups as heirs (first-born sons) within the church (2:6-13; 3:5-9,18-29).  

Consider our passage in light of the Jew and Gentile conflict mentioned earlier...

Happy Mother's Day! In this episode, we had some fun! We went through Galatians 1-2 for context, worked through the parallel passages of Galatians 3:28, as well as the theology within Gal 3:28.

We also spent a great deal of time answering some listener questions. Several people wrote in asking whether they should remain in their complementarian churches now that they see themselves as women called by God differently. In some cases people felt they were simultaneously growing and being held back spiritually by their complementarian churches. Hear our take on this difficult situation.

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"...submission meaning respecting the authority, in other words, a man receives love not by 'sweetie I love you honey honey,' but when he slaps his kill on the table, having a woman who will help him to put his feet up and recharge for the next day because his wife loves him enough to take care of him. That is what is occurring in the Bible..."

This description of Ephesians 5:21-28 sounds like Homer Simpson hermeneutics: where the satisfaction of the man is supreme and the wife is to make sure he is able to relax. This sort of "feet up" mentality may be more conducive to the Stone Age, but it is foreign to the New Testament—as I will demonstrate.

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