Complementarian beliefs are very distinct from the un-Biblical and neo-misogynist "patriarchy" system espoused by some Christians (i.e. Doug Phillips). Thus, I'd prefer not to equate the two.Huh? Does Dr. Ransom realize just how much commonality Steve Watters and Motte Brown have with Doug Phillips in terms of their views of headship (Motte Brown even acknowledges the work of Doug Wilson, a Federal Vision theologian). Dr. Ransom must really like the T4G-New Attitude crowd to also ignore some of the things that have been said by key individuals about women staying at home until they get married (Debbie Maken, whom Albert Mohler endorses, comes to mind here). But then again, blaming men for the mistakes women make or hysterically limiting the social access men have to women is something that could come right out of the playbook of the feminists. I guess "patriarchy" is fine as long as the burden is on men and benefits accrue to women.
Compare the Biblical doctrine of different roles, yet mutual servanthood (in leadership and followership) and sacrificial love laid out in the early-90s Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood to the father-centric, resistance-is-futile-you-will-be-assimilated mechanism of "patriarchalist" views. The difference and view of God-centeredness, versus man- (literally man-) centeredness is incredible ...
Certain videos accessible on YouTube, for example, show camps in which clone-appearing daughters, all in similar shirts and khaki skirts, are shown serving their fathers by playing with them, shaving them, et cetera, and this type of view extends until some brave (or not so much) soul penetrates the father-headed hegemony and receives his approval to take over in authority of the young woman from where the father left off. It's a skewed use of Scripture, a bothersome (at best!) opposition of women's individualities, and a grossly foreign import of ancient customs as if they were commanded in Scripture, not merely mentioned, and rather personally repugnant besides.
However, Harris and Driscoll, and Recovering editors John Piper and Wayne Grudem, espouse (pun intended) a far different view, in the recognition that human marriage done right brings glory to God, and serves as an echo of the love and relationship between Christ and His church and the roles assumed by each.
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