Over on the Parchment and Pen blog, Michael Patton asks Egalitarians three questions.
- Do you believe that there are essential differences, created by God, between men and women?
- If God-given differences exist, do these differences carry with them strengths and weaknesses for each sex?
- Should these differences be celebrated, exemplified, typified, and promoted in the church, family, and society?
In asking these questions he then asserts that any answer given by an egalitarian; makes them a complementarian by default.
I would ask the following questions.
- What does Michael mean by “Essential”
- What does Michael mean by Strengths and Weaknesses?
- What does Michael mean by celebrated and typified.
It would appear to a cursory reading of the Scriptures that all men and women are weakened by sin. Together we are also strengthened through the act of forgiveness through the cross of Christ and the subsequent empowering of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore I would argue that within the church context; we are together to celebrate what God has done for us. We are to honour one another; not because of our gender; rather because of our position in Christ.
Scripture tells us to honour one another and mutually submit to one another and to God. Within the context of Church; its the Spirit whom empowers and gifts the priesthood of all believers. Therefore as the church submits to Christ in the power of the Spirit; we should be submitting to whomever the Spirit gifts and empowers to serve, in which ever way the Spirit gifts and empowers that individual to serve.
By denying any the use of their Spirit given gifting, is to place God under their feet instead of placing themselves under God.