John Piper, Desiring God, Complementarianism, Egalitarianism, Gender Roles
Desiring God recently posted an episode of Ask Pastor John titled, “Is Male Headship a Lost Cause?”
The question posed to John Piper comes from a seminary student in the United Kingdom who is discouraged to see more churches in his country move toward egalitarianism. Add in the legalization of gay marriage, and this distraught seminarian wonders if male headship will endure.
John Piper starts his answer in only the way John Piper can:
Complementarianism will endure. It is not a lost cause. The reason I think it will endure and is not a lost cause may not be exactly what you think. Let me give you three reasons it will endure that are not the reason I’m going to give.
Is anyone confused from the start? Please speak clearly John Piper.
He moves on to list three reasons why complementarianism will endure. I’m assuming that these are the three reasons we expect to hear.
First, complementarianism will endure “because it is true to God’s word.” According to John Piper, complementarianism is too ingrained within the way God created mankind and with salvation for it to fade away. Yes, complementarianism is a salvation issue.
Second, complementarianism will endure because the creation and meaning of man and woman is evident in the structure of the church and the home. He states:
Complementarianism is not a fringe on the fabric of home and church. It is part of the single fabric that binds the two together.
Finally, complementarianism will endure because God is good and sovereign. Of course. Who can argue with God, am I right?
Which leads John Piper to the one answer we didn’t think we would hear. I can almost hear the glee in his voice as he springs this upon our unsuspecting ears.
So, the reason among all the other reasons that I mentioned and could mention that I believe complementarianism will endure is not a passing fancy — is not going to go away — is that no matter how great opposition to Christianity becomes, there will always be a remnant of complementarians willing to die for the truth, and they will be the kind of people who will give their lives rather than conform to a nonbiblical culture.
Seriously. Apparently complementarians hold steadfast to the truth of gender roles that they are willing to die. They are willing to risk their lives for male control over the pulpit and home? I suppose these martyrs will not sacrifice male headship because that would mean that they lose their salvation.
To be fair, John Piper doesn’t think that only complementarians are going to be Christian martyrs. What He is saying us that complementarians who are not swayed by shifting cultural change, are ones who will hold fast to truth unto death. In John Piper’s view, Christian egalitarians do not hold on to truth. Does that mean they are not worthy of being called a martyr for their faith? While Piper says that is not what he means, he states it in a way that he means it.
I guess complementarianism truly is a hill to die on.
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