Biblical equality refers to the biblically-based belief that gender, in and of itself, neither privileges nor curtails a believer’s gifting or calling to any ministry in the church or home. In particular, the exercise of spiritual authority, as biblically defined, is deemed as much a female believer’s privilege and responsibility as it is a male believer’s.
Biblical equality does not mean women and men are identical or undifferentiated. Biblical egalitarians (people who advocates or supports the principle of equality for all), recognize average differences between women and men, and affirm that God designed men and women to complement and benefit one another.
Although it shares with feminism the belief that unjust treatment of women should be remediated, biblical equality is not grounded in feminist ideology. Rather, biblical equality is grounded simply and solely in the properly consistent interpretation of God’s written word. On this basis, biblical egalitarians,
(a) Affirm that the gifts and callings of the Spirit are distributed without regard to gender, and that all believers in Christ stand on equal ground before God, and
(b) Repudiate the notion that the Bible grants to men, spiritual authority and other religious privileges that it denies to women.
Gender bias runs deep in the church and has historically prevented women from fulfilling their leadership call. It’s time to dispel the myths about the role of women. Let’s open our eyes to what the Bible really says.
The Biblical Basis for Gender Equality
Scripture teaches that man and woman are created equally in God’s image“Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Gen 1:26-27“This is the account of Adam’s family line. When God created mankind, he made them in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them “Mankind” when they were created.” Gen 5:1-2
God is not to be represented as either male or female. All believers—women as well as men—are to be conformed to the image of Christ. Thus God is neither male nor female, and neither gender images God any more or less or differently than the other.
Gender as an ontological category is attributable to human nature (and other species of created life), but not to God’s nature. Likewise, gender is attributable only to Christ’s human nature, not his divine nature. Spiritual authority is not grounded in maleness, nor are men better representatives of God than women. Biblically, gender has no bearing on a person’s fitness to represent or speak for God.
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