What is Biblical Equality?
Biblical equality is the biblical teaching that God created men and women to be equal partners in ministry and marriage, and that God does not limit a believer’s roles or responsibilities in the Church or home according to their gender.
Biblical equality is also known as Christian egalitarianism, and is the position of evangelical denominations like the Free Methodist Church, the Wesleyan Church, the Church of the Nazarene, Church of God Anderson, the Salvation Army, and many Pentecostal and mainline Protestant denominations.
Why does Biblical Equality matter?
We believe Biblical Equality is one of the most important topics for the Church today. Data from the Barna Group shows that women are leaving the church in record numbers and in percentages higher than men. Women make up a greater percentage of the “nones” (people who do not claim any religious affiliation) and the “dones” (people who used to attend church but have left).
We need to reclaim Jesus’ Good News for women!
Jesus taught that there was no hierarchy in God’s Kingdom (Matthew 20). This is good news for women if the Church can learn to live out this truth and can get on with being a priesthood of all believers (1 Peter 2:4-10) and a new community without distinctions based on ethnicity, class, or gender (Galatians 3:28).
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Who Was Junia?
Junia was a female apostle commended by Paul in Romans 16:7. “Greet Andronicus and Junia,my relatives who were in prison with me; they are prominent among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was.” For centuries the fact that Junia was a woman was concealed by an “S'' added to her name to make it masculine, presumably because the translators could not imagine there had been a woman apostle.
The marginalization of Junia is typical of the way women in the Bible and church history have often been treated. We want to change the narrative for Junia and for women in the Church today!
Posts on Biblical Equality from our blog
Reading Scripture as an Egalitarian: The Big Picture
In today's post Patrick Franklin presents egalitarian theology in a nutshell. He writes, "In order to understand difficult passages of Scripture, including the…
An Egalitarian Engagement and Wedding: One Couple’s Story
It's wedding season! Today Katie Manning shares some creative ways she and her husband, Jon, applied their egalitarian values to the engagement and…
Egalitarian Marriage: More Than An Equal Division of Roles
On the third Wednesday of each month I set up camp in a conference room at the hospital where I work. I set…
4 Truths About Women in the Church
Sometimes I find it amusing that our churches of today seem to be more anti-women than the Bible is. We doubt women’s ability…