Article 3 of the Nashville Statement

One of the foundational positions that Christian Patriarchy is built upon is the idea that men and women are equal in worth and dignity but “distinct in role and function.”

Here are some of the ways this looks:

Male and female are both created in the image of God.

Only men are allowed to teach and preach.

Male and female are both created in the image of God.

The Holy Spirit, who the Bible says distributes gifts as the Holy Spirit determines, never gives gifts reserved for men to women therefore any woman functioning in a gift believed to be reserved for men is clearly sinning.

Male and female are both created in the image of God.

Women are not allowed to work outside the home as their “role” is to be wife and mother and support for the calling God has placed on her husband.

This is a Statement declaring that Egalitarian Doctrine – the belief that men and women are both created in the image of God, that where biology does not dictate a particular role or function there is no predetermined limitations put on men or women, and that the Holy Spirit really does distribute Spiritual Gifts as the Holy Spirit chooses – is unbiblical.

In response I want to address something that I often finds helps people understand the difference in doctrine better.

Those who wrote the Nashville Statement truly believe that the Bible teaches what they are stating. They also believe that those of us who do other than what they have stated know and believe that the Bible teaches what they are stating. They believe that this means those of us who are doing other than what they have stated have chosen to disregard God’s Word and pursue our own desires apart from obedience to God’s Word.

They could not be further from the Truth.

Rather, there are many of us who have studied God’s Word with a deep reverence and truly believe that God’s Word does not teach what they are stating. We believe it teaches an Egalitarian Doctrine. By living out Egalitarian Principles we are being obedient to God’s Word and exercising fear of God over fear of men.

In fact, if we were to stop doing what we believe the Word of God to instruct us to do and, instead, decided to abide by this Article and stop doing what we are doing, we would be living lives DISobedient to God’s Word and God’s leading and calling on our lives.

I cannot agree with this Article because I honor God’s Word too much. I cannot abide by this Article because I am obeying God’s call on my life.