A controversy of major proportions has spread throughout the church. Now more than ever before, gender roles are questioned in the wake of evangelical feminism—a movement that is having a profound impact on society, the home, and the church. In this redesigned edition of an influential and award-winning bestseller, more than 20 influential scholars—including John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and D. A. Carson—have committed their talents to produce the most thorough response to date. Combining systematic argumentation with popular application, this volume deals with all of the main passages of Scripture brought forward in this controversy regarding gender-based role differences. Anyone concerned with the fundamental question of the proper relationship between men and women will want to read this book.
“In the pastoral epistles, teaching always has this restricted sense of authoritative doctrinal instruction.” (Page 185)
“If Paul did not have every conceivable form of teaching and learning in mind, what did he mean? Along with the fact that the setting here is the church assembled for prayer and teaching (1 Timothy 2:8–10; 3:15), the best clue is the coupling of ‘teaching’ with ‘having authority over men.’ We would say that the teaching inappropriate for a woman is the teaching of men in settings or ways that dishonor the calling of men to bear the primary responsibility for teaching and leadership. This primary repsonsibility is to be carried by the pastors or elders. Therefore we think it is God’s will that only men bear the responsibility for this office.” (Pages 69–70)
“Christian redemption does not redefine creation; it restores creation, so that wives learn godly submission and husbands learn godly headship.” (Page 109)
“God. At its very heart, marriage is not a human custom, variable according to changing times; it is a divinely created institution, defined for all ages and all cultures in our shared, primeval, perfect existence.” (Page 101)