Christians for Biblical Equality (CBE) was formed by Catherine Kroeger. Dr Kroeger was an expert in the ancient Greek language, classical Greek literature, and the Graeco-Roman culture of the first century. As a minister’s wife and foster mother of numerous children, she returned to the University of Minnesota late in life to earn her doctorate in the classics, convinced that many traditional understandings of gender were based on a faulty interpretation of the Bible in its first-century setting. Through research, writing, and speaker, Dr Kroeger has expanded our knowledge of the New Testament world and of biblical teachings concerning females.
In 1987 she founded CBE, “an organization of Christians who believe the Bible, properly interpreted, teaches the fundamental equality of men and women of all racial and ethnic groups, all economic classes, and all age groups.” Joe Trull, author of Putting Women in their place, moving beyond gender stereotypes in church and home. Smyth & Helwys Publisher 2003.
Shirley Taylor is a member of Christians for Biblical Equality
Among Christians, there are two generally accepted views on how women are to be treated in the church and also in the home.
Each view has variations as some adherents are more restrictive than others. The majority of people have never considered themselves to be either complementarian or egalitarian. However, one of those terms best describes the teaching on leadership that your church supports.
Egalitarian means that men and women are created equal - no buts - and as such, have no assigned roles of gender authority or submission based on gender. Women can preach if God calls (or like the men, even if God doesn’t call), and can be deacons and elders in the church.
Women are equal in their home, with both husbands and wives submitting to each other. Egalitarian is the view this writer believes and advocates.
Complementarian, a word coined by the writers of the Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to describe their teaching, means that men and women have certain roles that define manhood and womanhood.
A man’s role is to have authority over his wife, and to have authority in the church. A woman’s role is to be submissive to and supportive of her husband; she must follow his leadership, and she cannot have authority over men in the church.
She is to refrain from assuming authority over men even in the workplace. The wife’s role of submission is praised and glorified.
She is told that she is equal-but. Equal, but according to something they call God’s grand design, she is to have a lesser position in the church, in her own home, and even before her children.
Men and women who are unmarried must also adhere to the roles prescribed for their gender: leadership and authority for males; submissiveness for females. This teaching keeps women in a permanent subordinate role.
Shirley Taylor is on the steering team of Christians for Biblical Equality Houston Chapter, and is a member of Christians for Biblical Equality International. However, she is not a spokesperson for either group, and her words are her own.
Shirley Taylor is the co-founder of Freedom for Christian Women Coalition, along with Jocelyn Andersen. She was a featured speaker at the Seneca Fallas 2 Christian Women's Rights Convention held in Orlando, Florida, July 24, 2010, where she demanded an apology from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood for their teaching that denigrates women.
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