The editors of the The Los Angeles Times weighed in on the topic of women in ministry on Sunday (HT: Albert Mohler). The editorial talked mainly about the state of affairs in the Roman Catholic Church, but there was some commentary about Protestant churches as well. The editors conclude that continuing limitations on women are due to tradition in the Roman Catholic Church and the Bible in Protestant churches (texts like 1 Timothy 2:12). They write,
“In either case, the arguments that keep women from full participation are attributed to a higher authority. So why do they sound so much like the complaints about assertive women that long have issued from the mouths of men?”
The editors’s complaints boil down to two things: a charge of sexism and a criticism of authority. With respect to the former, we would have to disagree that all those who take a traditional view are simply motivated by sexism. For principled complementarians, the issue is this. God has spoken in creation and in His word, and He in fact does have the authority to define how the sexes should relate to one another in the home and in the church. Make no mistake. What the editors of the LA Times are resisting is not merely the conventions of men, but the very authority of God.
[For biblical answers to frequently asked questions about this topic, see the website for the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.]