Is Complementarianism Oppressive of Women? (Less than 4 min. Video Clip & Stats)

Statistical analysis from Pew Research and Barna Group concerning millions of women leaving the Christian Church:

“You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.” –Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix.

When it comes to gender statistics and the church, in the past it seems the blue pill was easier to swallow. In May of this year, Pew Research calculated the U.S. Church declined by an average of 5 million people (1). Surprisingly, Barna’s research between 1991 to 2011 revealed it is the “women of faith” who are “leaving in massive numbers (2).”

These studies confirm more women than men are the source of the decline. According to George Barna, “The proportion of American women who are unchurched has nearly doubled in the past twenty years, rising by 94 percent (3).” “One sixth say their opportunities at church are limited by their gender and roughly one out of every eight women feel underappreciated by their church (4).” Percentages appear low, but raw numbers expose “millions of women” in the U.S. today feel discounted by their lack of support in the church (5). Now is the time to take the blinders off our eyes and integrate women in their full giftings into every part of the church.

An Excerpt from Fulthorp, Deborah L. “Spirit Empowered Women in Church Leadership: An Undergraduate and Local Church Ministry Course.” DMin Project diss., Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, 2016.

Sources:

(1) Pew Research Center: Religion and Public Life,” www.pewforum.org, May 12, 2015, accessed October 26, 2015, http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/.

(2) Jim Henderson, The Resignation of Eve: What If Adam’s Rib Is No Longer Willing to Be the Church’s Backbone? (Carol Stream: Tyndale Momentum, 2012), xv, Kindle edition.

(3) Ibid.

(4) Ibid.

(5) George Barna, “Christian Women Today, Part 1 of 4: What Women Think of Faith, Leadership and Their Role in the Church,” Barna Group, August 14, 2012, accessed October 26, 2015, https://www.barna.org/barna-update/culture/579-christian-women-today-part-1-of-4-what-women-think-of-faith-leadership-and-their-role-in-the-church#.Vi-lTqK1y1I.

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Additional Academic Resources Written By Jory Micah & Friends Who Believe The Bible to be of Utmost Authority: 

Jory’s master’s thesis uses the Bible and church history to combat complementarianism and highlights female leaders in the Bible/Church History: (FIND HERE).

Jory wrote a blog post concerning the probable meaning of “husband headship” by examining the Greek word “Kephale” (head): (FIND HERE).

Professor Gail Wallace over at “The Junia Project” Defuses the 1 Timothy 2:12 Bomb by offering proper biblical and historical context: (FIND HERE).

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  • From the PEW Research Study provided; the numbers leaving could be even more:
    “The estimate that the number of mainline Protestants may have declined by as many as 7.3 million comes from subtracting the high end of the 2007 range (42.1 million) from the low end of the 2014 range (34.9 million). ”

    The mainline Protestant Churches from the report include – “United Methodist Church, the American Baptist Churches USA, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Episcopal Church, among others”

    Luckily other Churches are are growing, picking up some of these:
    “The estimate that the number of evangelical Protestants may have grown by as many as 5 million comes from subtracting the low end of the 2007 estimate (58.6 million) from the high end of the 2014 range (63.6 million). ”

    The evangelical Protestant Churches listed in the report are:
    “the Southern Baptist Convention, the Assemblies of God, Churches of Christ, the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, the Presbyterian Church in America, other evangelical denominations and many nondenominational congregations”

    The percentage of men and women only changed about 1% over the last 7 years; but remember there are 5 million less men than women in the US. The really scary PEW number is the 19 million more Religiously Unaffiliated in US over the last seven years.
    The over 35,000 independently surveyed by PEW disproves much of the paid Barna surveys.

    Jory, I know this is Deborah’s research, but since you share the same theology and attend the same school; could you explain why the Churches that share your doctrine are failing and those that do not are growing in like?

    • I don’t agree with you. Willow Creek is a mega church that is egalitarian in theology.

      T.D. Jakes Church in Texas fully support women at all levels of church leadership and is one of the largest churches in America.

      Your research is off and I stand with Debbie.

      Also, “numbers” don’t always signify “health.”

      But, when folks are leaving the church, numbers matter greatly.

      I would agree that a large concern is how many folks under 30 are simply unchurched and have always been.

      Do you really think a woman who is 25, walking out of grad school, more educated than most of her male peers, and looking to climb the career ladder, as well as watching women run for president, is going to be turned-on by a church that does not value her authority equally? She can be the president, but she can’t be a pastor or Bible teacher or lead men? It is ridiculous because Deborah in the Bible led both men and women. Mark my words, complementarian doctrine will not hold up. The tides are shifting. They have to shift for the sake of evangelism. And thankfully the Bible is in full support of this shift once some Christians remove their religious blinders.

      • Statistics and examples; much better.

        You switch from Complementarianism to egalitarian.

        Egalitarian (Webster) – “a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic affairs”

        Christian egalitarianism (wiki) – “It holds that all human persons are created equally in God’s sight—equal in fundamental worth and moral status. This view does not just apply to gender, but to religion, skin colour and any other differences between individuals. It does not imply that all have equal skills, abilities, interests, or physiological or genetic traits.”

        Did you wish to change these definitions or define another theological term?

        Willow Creek has explicit requirements for Elder selection that does state husband of one wife (and all of 1 Timothy 3).

        I am aware of TD and the areas he grew up in. I will not state anything other than the public statement of ministrywatch; He received an F in Transparency and refused to provide financials. The is the reason that many Churches publicly display and fight to maintain exemptions.

        I would think that anyone who is blessed or considers themselves blessed would consider the value of others; even less educated? Can you work on my wife’s car? This this not your starting plea? Are you interested in your career or following HIM first? Remember, we Love you enough to ask these questions; that will never change.

        • I am not interested in debating with you. You are becoming a pest on my blog. Feel free to move on to a blog you agree with.

    • I am Southern Baptist and according to our own report, we are declining. In fact there are about 8 million missing. Weslyan and Nazarene churches are egalitarian and growing rapidly.

      • For the Nazarene Church:
        “Membership in the United States and Canada in 2014 was 649,998 (a decrease of 2,757 over the previous year),” from their statistics.

        Can you provide Wesleyan’s statistics please?

        Can you provide statistics for the Southern Baptist decline and the 8 million missing (other than wartburgwatch) ? The numbers were reported as received, but the disclaimer “Care should be exercised in comparing SBC totals to previous years”. The 2014 report did reflect a 200,000 member drop and 5,000 less baptisms, but more than 350 new Churches from 2013. I know that they are trying to clean up their numbers; but will not attempt to speculate on PEW statistics or SBC numbers.

        • Love: I would first change my name to manipulation if I were you and not love. It is not out of love you say these things, it’s out of trying to manipulate. Jory and I stand behind our words by using our real names not a false one.

          All you have to do is look at our own internal studies to see what I have told you. I have followed the Southern Baptist Convention and statistics for ten years, so I guess you’ll just have to take my word for it.

          PEW research does not seem very reliable given the statistics they give and given that most of their numbers are several years old and they give no reasoning as to where they come on those numbers.. Statistics can be made to say whatever one wants them to say, so I’ll trust our own internal statistics. Those are statistics we have addressed at several of our Conventions and we are not growing, we are instead lessening in number. It is why this is being addressed at our annual meetings.

          This link is 2 years old, but shows the decline beginning in 2013, actually earlier. This is from our own statistics, not from outside sources. We are still declining, so the numbers are still accurate.

          http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/05/28/southern-baptist-membership-declines-for-7th-straight-year-dropping-to-157/

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