Male & Female He Created Them: Complementarianism As Created Order

But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. (1 Corinthians 11:3 ESV)

I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. For Adam was formed first, then Eve; and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. (1 Timothy 2:12-14 ESV)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 ESV)

Complementarianism is a biblical concept. It simply means that men and women have equal relationship to God but complementary roles in the service of God. First, we see clearly in Scripture that men and women have equal relationship to God as they are both created in his image.

We are both in the image of God, and we have been so since the very first day that God created us. “In the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Nowhere does the Bible say that men are more in God’s image than women. Men and women share equally in the tremendous privilege of being in the image of God.

-Wayne Grudem

While this is true, men and women have different roles to fill in the created order of God. In The Danver’s Statement we read:

  • Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18).
  • Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor 11:7-9; 1 Tim 2:12-14).
  • Adam’s headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin (Gen 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor 11:7-9).

Mary Kassian, brilliant author and speaker on this topic has written an extremely helpful article called Complementarianism For DummiesI encourage you to read it in order to familiarize yourself with this great biblical truth. If you want to dig deeper into the issue, go to The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.

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