On Sunday, Pastor Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church kicked-off a three part series on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. The issue has become somewhat of a hot-button in the Dallas area as a result of a high-profile Bible church that recently embraced egalitarianism (read about it here). Pastor Nelson did a great job of confronting the error of egalitarianism and of setting forth a biblical overview of the complementarian position. If you are interested, you can listen to the sermon below.[audio:http://dbcmedia.org/podcasts/1307-061508.mp3]
The sermon had four main points:
1. Facts â€“ In this section of the sermon, Pastor Nelson did an overview of the Old and New Testaments showing that male headship is taught throughout the canon of scripture. He argued that the biblical “facts” are clear on this point and that nearly 2,000 years of church history confirm male headship as the correct interpretation of the relevant biblical texts.
2. Dignity â€“ In this section, he argues that the dignity of women is also taught throughout the canon of scripture. Women are equal with men in “creation” and in “redemption.” Women are created in the “image of God” just as men are, and women are “co-heirs of the grace of life” (1 Peter 3:7).
3. Theology â€“ Pastor Nelson focuses on two texts in this section: 1 Timothy 2:12-15 and 1 Corinthians 11:3. He argues that male headship is grounded in the “order of creation” (1 Timothy 2:13) and in the Trinity (1 Corinthians 11:3). In his comments on 1 Timothy 2:13, Pastor Nelson explains in his inimitable way why the “order of creation” is important: “If God had created Adam and Even at the same time, then it would have been a jump-ball. But he didn’t. He created the man first.”
4. Problem â€“ Pastor Nelson notes that a generation ago the only “Christians” embracing egalitarianism were the liberals and the Pentecostals. He warns that the egalitarian error is now gaining ground among evangelicals and that “trajectory hermeneutics” is in large part to blame. Citing Wayne Grudem’s book, Nelson said that egalitarianism is the “new path to liberalism” because it effectively sets aside the authority of the Bible. He said that the egalitarian view must not be considered a viable evangelical option because it is a deadly “cancer” within the church. Pastor Nelson says that egalitarianism is “Satan’s new ploy to get into the church.”
Like I said, this sermon is part one of a three-part series. Dr. Bruce Ware will deliver part two next week, and Dr. Russell Moore will deliver part three in two weeks. Stay tuned.