Will there be Complementarian or Egalitarian marriages in heaven? What about Biblical gender roles in heaven? What in the world is Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) talking about?
A link to an article was posted in the comments today. I don’t have time to flesh it out (trying to get another important article done), but I’d love to know your thoughts. CBMW is the group started by John Piper and Wayne Grudem. Their agenda is to remind us of their interpretation of Biblical roles of manhood and womanhood. Remember, Wayne Grudem wrote 83 rules for women – – i.e., women can’t teach hearing men, but they can teach deaf men – – ya know – those kinds of rules.
Here’s the article: Relationships and Roles in the New Creation The author is Mark David Walton, a senior pastor in Tennessee who went to the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. I could not help but think of the Mormon teaching on the afterlife of marrieds.
[NOTE: The day after the publication of this article, CBMW removed the article lined above. Here is a cached copy of it. Here is a new article discussing the removal of the article: Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Removes Article about Complementarian Roles in New Creation ~ja 3/14/14]
The introductory paragraph:
In an earlier article, I set out to answer the question of whether resurrected saints will be distinguished as male and female in the new creation. The weight of evidence, both biblical and logical, convincingly suggests that gender is central to our personal identity and shall remain an integral characteristic of our lives for eternity-a conclusion that is scarcely controversial. (Most of us, after all, are quite comfortable with our gender, and would regard the prospect of change in that department as . . . well . . . unsettling.)
And then there’s this:
The new creation will, indeed, be a place where equality reigns-but not as feminists define the term. It will be equality as biblically defined, equality that has its basis in divinely established human worth.
Um, chapter and verse, please?
But, if Lewis is correct, we would do well to begin now ordering our lives in such a way as to acquire a “taste” for things to come.
I’m not sure all ladies will be looking forward to a heaven where women submit to all men. I’m wondering does this include single ladies, too? Maybe Grudem can better define this for us: 83 Rules for Women in the New Creation.
The closing paragraph:
There is so much that we cannot yet know about life in the new creation. We can be confident, though, that “God must have some very profound eternal purpose for manhood and womanhood.”52 There is every reason to believe that gender-based distinction of roles will remain. The social fabric of gender-based distinctions of roles was weaved in a pattern that accords with the prelapsarian decree of the Creator. In the new creation, that fabric will not be discarded or destroyed. The stains will be removed and rips mended. The fabric will be cleaned and pressed. But the pattern established in God’s “very good” creation will remain.
If what CBMW says is true, I’d rather be a Mormon. At least if you’re Mormon, you get your own planet.