THE DOCTRINE OF BIBLICAL GENDERS
When asked to define the equality of men and women, Egalitarianism would say- “Men and women are equal in all aspects. There’s no real difference between them”. Complementarianism would say- “Males and females are equal before God. But they both have distinct gifts, natures, and roles”. The roles of men and women are a big deal in our culture today. Many women have bought into the lies of feminism, wanting to do everything themselves, including taking on jobs. Generally, we have lost what the biblical roles of males and females are.
The Bible says that men and women are created equal, and in the image of God. But where do we draw the line when we say “equal”? God ordained the unique roles of men and women differently, with a purpose and plan in mind. For instance, a woman is to be submissive to her husband. Jesus best demonstrates this as he perfectly submits to the Father.
God created the roles of male and females. Egalitarians argue that the Bible’s teachings were cultural. They try to explain away 1 Timothy 2, which says women can not teach over men, by saying that the women in that century were not well educated, so they could not teach over men. However, Paul firmly states that his rules are directly based on the word of God. (1 Corinthians 14:33-38) He prohibits women from teaching over men because of the created order.
So what are the biblical roles of men and women? Ephesians 5:22-23 says, “ Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Titus 2:3-5 says, “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” 1 Peter 3:7 states, “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.” 1 Timothy 2:-15 also says, “A woman should learn quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent. For Adam was formed first, then Eve. And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. But women will be saved through childbearing- if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.”
The biblical view of life, as well as male and female roles is counter-cultural. Choosing God’s way will be a model to all around you. People will notice you are different. Philippians 2:15 tells us not to argue and complain so we can “become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you will shine like stars in the universe.” If your roles are biblical, you will shine like stars, and glorify God.