A New Page for Discussing Headship and Submission (Comp/Egal Issues)
UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.
We have added a new page to this blog where readers can comment on, discuss, debate the complementarian / egalitarian issue – What Headship and Submission do Not Mean. In other words, what does the Bible mean when it teaches that the husband is the head of the wife and she is to submit to him? And other related issues as well such as the roles of men and women in the church. We have started off the page with some general comments about what we think our primary mission needs to remain focused on. Let me put that mission statement here as well:
Our mission in writing A Cry for Justice [*Affiliate link], and in maintaining this blog site, is to expose to the church what is happening to victims of abuse who are sitting right here in our own pews, often side by side with their abuser who is parading as a fine Christian. Our purpose is to do all we can to show pastors and Christians what abuse really is, and point out how the church has been giving terrible counsel to abuse victims. All of this we intend to do to the glory of God, for the help and rescue of victims, and for the effecting of justice upon the abuser.
In order to help us maintain focus on our mission, we decided to set up a separate page dedicated to the comp/egal discussion. This does not mean that it is totally taboo to talk about headship and submission, especially the abuse of this doctrine by abusers, on the blog. Christian victims of abuse very, very often have been given distorted ideas about submission, so this topic directly relates to our mission.
We have suggested that readers who want to jump into this discussion begin by addressing the subject – What biblical headship and submission are NOT. Head on over to the new page by clicking the link at the top of this post, and go for it!
May the Lord enable us to generate light, not heat (well, maybe some real heat for abusers would be fine).