Recently, by a narrow margin, the Church of England came to the decision that women could not function in the role of bishop. They were allowed to be pastors-chaplains (or vicars), but not bishops, at least not yet. I shared some reflections here, engaging with NT Wright’s well-written response, as well as complementarian reactions to Wright’s article. Though there was some good interaction here at The Prodigal Thought, there was a high volume of comments following the repost of my article at InternetMonk.
Secondly, I also followed up with an article of why I believe our beliefs around the role of women in church leadership should not be considered a ‘gospel issue’. What I mean is that I believe this is a secondary issue of doctrine, not primary, and thus I do not believe it worth breaking fellowship and collaboration across churches and ministries because one is either complementarian (allowing only male leadership) or egalitarian (allowing for both male and female leadership).
Noting some of the comments and feedback posted here, as well as interaction on both Facebook and InternetMonk, I had desired to post either a one or two-article follow-up to some of the objections to egalitarianism. I had hoped to do this last week. But, with it being the Christmas-Advent season, plus many other things taking up my time at the moment, I was not able to produce such.
But I am putting up this notification that, just into the new year, my plan is to put together an article or two in hopes of graciously and respectfully engaging with objections to women in church leadership roles.
I hope you’ll visit back then.
Indeed this is NO non-Gospel issue! As we can see how it has ravaged many of the historical church’s today, as my own communion Anglican.. has been hammered! And both the biblical and so-called traditional faithful, continue to take their lumps… but again faithful so! The issue will always be the Holy Scripture itself… “All Scripture is God-Breathed”! (2 Tim. 3:16)
*AS I see and engage this issue more and more, the bishops of the Anglican Communion, especially the English speaking (Brits to America), have for the most part missed this badly! Again, just the sign of the times.. from modernism to now full blown postmodernity! The force of 1 Tim. 2: 7-25 is Biblical – Revelation, both creational & theological!
Aye, this is a real dividing-line for some of us! (1 Cor. 11: 2-16) Here in 1 Cor. 11: 2 thru 14: 40, are the ‘Divisions over Corporate Worship’…”But all things should be done decently and in order.” (1 Cor. 14: 40)
“Paul addresses three issues that have come to his attention, either through the Corinthians letter to him (7: 1, 12:1) or through an oral report (11: 18). All three issues relate to the conduct of the Corinthians when they gather for worship.” (ESV Study Bible, notes – 1 Cor. 11:2-14: 40).
We should see verses 1 Cor. 11: 17-20 within this whole section – of three chapters!