I’ve noticed that conservative evangelical leaders are bringing up the issue of egalatarianism/complementarianism as (perhaps?) the line in the sand within evangelicalism between those who are faithful with Scripture and those who are not. What are your thoughts? This seems especially true when you compare feminist hermeneutics with pro-homosexual hermeneutics.
From Mark Driscol:
I know that [the biblical insistence on qualified male elders] is, in many ways, the dividing line between various kinds of evangelical Christians. I believe that male eldership is like a border between two nations. If you live on the other side of the line, you’re in a different country. You may still speak the same language, and you may still operate in love and collegiality. But the truth is, the way you see God, family, Bible, is different. That line has to be drawn, and it has to be kept. That doesn’t mean that there can’t be women who are deacons and leading and using their gifts in the church, but that complementarian issue is incredibly important.
See also the T4G Statement