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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 Communications.

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."

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