Recently, I’ve finished a 12-part blog series offering, largely, a thoughtful critique on complementarianism. Having been raised as an egalitarian, I had no thought that my inherent disposition toward my role in marriage was ungodly or unbiblical. However, in desiring to have a God-honoring marriage, I spent a lot of time studying the proper role of women and men in marriage, sought advice, read books, etc. I understand and accept that complementarianism is biblically consistent and the God-given design for marriage; however, I still wrestle with some things that complementarians do, generally believe, and sometimes teach.
This blog series largely examines those contestable points from the viewpoint of what Christian egalitarians believe and try to foster in their statement of beliefs, with the hope and intention of promoting more critical thought and precision among complementarians. The latter part of the series offers some very important points that complementarians believe that are absent from egalitarian beliefs, with the hope and intention of also promoting critical thought and self-examination among egalitarians. Finally, the series ends with some lessons that I have learned during my short journey in marriage that may offer some insight and encouragement to other complementarians, mainly women, who are striving to glorify God by fulfilling their own God-given role in marriage.
Part 1: Sliding Into Complementarianism
Part 2: What Do Christian Egalitarians Believe?
Part 3: Egalitarian Beliefs: The Use of Spiritual Gifts
Part 4: Egalitarian Beliefs: Public Recognition
Part 5: Egalitarian Beliefs: Addressing the Sense of Inferiority Among Women
Part 6: Egalitarian Beliefs: Voices in the Home
Part 7: Egalitarian Beliefs: Valuing and Protecting Self in the Marriage
Part 8: Egalitarian Beliefs: Clarifying What We Believe
Part 9: Complementarian Beliefs: Addressing Cultural Influences
Part 10: Complementarian Beliefs: Biblical Consistency
Part 11: Complementarian Beliefs: Tackling the What and Where of the Problem
Part 12: Lessons for the Developing Complementarian Journey
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