Welcome to Roger’s Take on Religion: An Inclusive Perspective
“Complementarian” sounds like a description of one generous in their praise of others. It’s not.
The term designates those, including members of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, who believe that the Bible clearly sets forth separate but complementary roles for men and women – the submissiveness of wives to their husbands or the prohibition against women clergy, for example.
CBMW has recently expanded its focus (in a document known as the Nashville Statement) from gender roles to gender identity to address concerns over growing acceptance of LGBT relationships. As the first of the group’s “14 Tenants” states, “We deny that God has designed marriage to be a homosexual, polygamous, or polyamorous relationship.”
Here’s My Take: Never mind the biblical accounts of the polygamous and polyamorous behavior of David and Solomon, or David’s homoerotic relationship with Jonathan.
By upholding sexuality and procreation as the major focus of God’s creation, the 150 evangelical pastors signing the Nashville Statement further commit themselves to a ministry of denial.
Genderism, whether applied to God or to people, is irrelevant.