Gender Roles Part II The Church & Home

The NT gives even stronger support for the complementary understanding of gender (that men and women are equal in worth and dignity but distinct in callings and roles).  Ephesians 5:22-33 tells wives to submit to their husbands as to the Lord and husbands are called to love their wives as Christ loved the church.   1 Peter 3:1 calls wives to be subject to their husbands, even if they are unbelieving and husbands in v. 7 are called to show honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, not to be mistreated but protected and loved.  In Titus 2:3-5, women are called to be homemakers, submissive to their own husbands.  Not only do men and women have different roles in the home, but they also have different roles within the Church.   Even though God has given spiritual gifts to both men and women in the church, and even though He calls both men and women to serve the church together, He has also made clear that he has called men and women to different tasks within the church.   Women in Titus 2:4 are called to teach younger women, but the task to teaching and exercising authority over men in the church is reserved for men only according to 1 Timothy 2:8-15 (also see 1 Cor. 14:34-35).  Women must be encoraged to serve in the church and even exercise the right to vote, but specifically in v. 12 there are two prohibitions for women in the church.  Women are not to teach men in the church and women are not to exercise authority over men in the church.   Egalitarians are quick to push this passage away along with the many other that have been sighted on the grounds that they are simply cultural, but v. 14 grounds these differences in creation.  God created men and women differently, and God calls the church to recognize and abide by these differences, for his glory, and our joy.  Rejecting biblical manhood and womanhood is a rejection of God’s good design for the family, the church, and human flourishing.