Articles on Hierarchy
Women in Ministry and Marriage by
Wendy Francisco. Part of the reason for the increased divorce rate among
Christians can be placed at the feet of misunderstandings and mistranslations
resulting in gender hierarchy which damages people, marriages, and the Body at
large. This article looks at Ephesians 5 to highlight how Scripture can be
mistranslated and incorrectly taught.
The Patriarchs Are Coming! Why are they
arriving on the scene and in our churches? by Dr. Del Birkey. Birkey
discusses the concept of patriarchy as viewed by traditionalists vs.
egalitarians, as well as the current attempt to strengthen this ancient agenda
in churches and homes as the benignly renamed complementarianism. Birkey
offers compelling proof in this thesis that the old-order patriarchy has been
rendered obsolete in Jesus Christ and the New Testament. He even takes some
Christian women to task for their supporting role in this "disarray" from which
Jesus came to redeem us.
The Evangelical Debate over
Biblical "Headship" by Dr. David M. Scholer. In this
scholarly article, Dr Scholer provides a synopsis of the debate over biblical
headship. Much of the Christian literature in the past five years on domestic
violence and sexual abuse of women, especially evangelical publications,
contains pointed discussions of the relationship between biblical teachings of
"male headship" and the reality of abused and battered women. Included are
studies on kephale and authentein on the precise points upon which
the so-called headship debate rests.
The Doctrine of the Trinity and Subordination
by Kevin N. Giles. The doctrine of subordination within the Trinity has
been used to promote the subordination of women in the church. This
excellent article discusses the various positions and concludes that there is no
subordination in the Godhead. For those who are seriously seeking to
understand both the doctrine of the trinity and how it relates to women, this
essay is a must read.
To Be Ordained or Not to
Be -- That is the Question! by Barbara Collins. The word "ordain" is
definitely scriptural and usually means simply "chosen" or “selected. But
does ordination become a real drawback when the designation “clergy” is a
distinction that lifts one out of the true brother/sister position and puts one
“over” instead of “along with” the "lay" people.
Questions That Mislead the Gender Debate
by Rebecca Merrill Groothuis. This is an excellent editorial that appeared
in Mutuality, the magazine of Christians for Biblical Equality.
The Head in the Epistles by Berkeley and
Alvera Mickelsen. What did the apostle Paul mean when he wrote, "For the
husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his
body" (Eph. 5:23)? And, "The head of every man is Christ, and the head of the
woman is man, and the head of Christ is God" (I Cor. 11:3)? This classic article
challenges traditional interpretation of the word "head" in these scriptures!
Why Modern Patriarchy Is Not
Biblical by Kathryn J. Riss, Th.M. This article details the continuing
problems brought on by patriarchy in modern society and provides biblical
evidence that patriarchy is not God's idea.
Satan's Enmity Against Women Given to Jean
Wright, April, 1985. This revelation came to her after three days of
seeking the Lord concerning the woman issue, especially about women in ministry.
Equal in Creation, Male and Female Created
to Co-labor with God by Fuchsia T. Pickett. The church has long
misunderstood God's divine plan for the genders. he never intended for man
to rule over woman. This article is reprinted with the gracious permission
of Fuchsia Pickett and the magazine Spirit Led Woman published by Strange
Government of the Garden by Cindye Coates.
proposes that if we look to Genesis, we will find the original blue print of how
God designed Kingdom Order and a Redemptive Government! The key word here is
redemptive; needed since traditional church government remains a fallen
hierarchal system and Jesus has redeemed us from the fall.
Patriarchy, Is It God's
Order? by Pat Joyce. Taken from the Spring 2001 newsletter this
article exposes the danger and ungodliness inherent in any level of patriarchy.
Who is the Priest in the
Home? – by Barbara Collins. Done for the Fall 2001 newsletter, Barbara
exposes the error and consequences of this unbiblical doctrine.
A Challenge for Proponents of Female
Subordination To Prove Their Case from The Bible
by Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian.
Dr. Bilezikian issues a challenge to prompt Christians to grapple with biblical
facts rather than to accept traditional assumptions about female roles.
This article is a "must read."