Roles of Men and Women
We affirm that the scriptures reveal a pattern of complementary order and differences between men and women, created equal in the image of God and that this order is itself a testimony to the Gospel, even as it is the gift of our Creator and Redeemer. We affirm that all Christians are called to service within the body of Christ, and that God has given to both men and women important roles and responsibilities within the home, the church, and in society. We affirm that the pastoral office of the Church is assigned only to those men who are called of God in fulfillment of the biblical teachings and that men are to lead their homes as husbands and fathers who fear and love God. We deny that the distinction of roles between men and women revealed in the Bible is evidence of mere cultural conditioning or a manifestation of male oppression or prejudice against women. We also deny that this biblical distinction of responsibilities excludes women from meaningful ministry in Christ’s kingdom.
(Genesis 2:18-24, 3:1-19; 1 Corinthians 11:3, 8-12; Ephesians 5:23, 6:2,4; 1 Timothy 2:11-15, 3:1-7; Titus 1:6-9, 2:1-6; 1 Peter 5:1-4)