The debate has been running for centuries: what is and is not acceptable for women in terms of church ministry? Can we teach? Prophesy? Serve communion? Be ordained? No two denominations answer these questions in exactly the same way, but beliefs generally fall into one of two categories: Some say women must take a subordinate role with limited participation (complementarianism); others say Scripture teaches full gender equality (egalitarianism).
The problem with these two terms is they confuse the issue. Definitions of the terms are unclear and open to endless tweaking of minutae; but more importantly, all but the most backward of people would agree genders are equal in the wider world outside of church. With this in mind, New Creation blog has proposed new terminology: “restrictive” and “non-restrictive“. I agree with the author – these terms are far more accurate and much clearer not only for churchgoers but for outside observers as well.
Color me pleased to have useful words to work with.