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The ministry of Jesus portrayed that Jesus had a special place in His heart for women. He even welcomed ministry from women. However, religion and cultural beliefs have eroded this. I am a strong believer that a regenerated woman is a daughter of God and a co-heir with Christ. Christian for Biblical Equality is here to bring it out clear that gender should not be a hindrance to ministry.
Increasing numbers of us feel a call to model reconciliation in Christ across old boundaries of discrimination. We believe that the Bible sets us on this journey, and that quoting select verses to maintain those boundaries is a well-intentioned mistake. CBE has been an encouragement to us all, and I am grateful for their important, needed work.
CBE's message on equality between men and women is Christ-centered and brings out the true picture of God's design and intention in creation. It's the truth of the Bible and has the potential to transform cultures around the world to rediscover and respect the worth of all human beings regardless of gender.
I endorse CBE because of the strong theological work they provide that teaches the equality of male and female in God’s creation. Proverbs 31:8 tells us to “Be a voice for those who have no voice; ensure justice for those being crushed” (NLT). Advocating on behalf of marginalized and vulnerable women to reduce violence, poverty, and exploitation seems like a never-ending goal. Indeed, without the second half of the verse there is no hope. In much of the world, social structures are built on patriarchal systems that are simply not fair if you are born a girl. Because many of those systems are entrenched in religious tradition, we depend on CBE’s voice that is a measured, consistent, thoroughly-researched response to call the church back to equality for male and female.
The time for women to lead is now. Not five years from now, not ten, but now. Women "get" new millennial culture because they're wired for it. They're wired for the chaotic, the connective, and the collaborative. It's what they do, and what they have done for centuries. When the old ways of organizing and influencing aren't working anymore, it is nothing less than kingdom sabotage to keep women on the bench. Squandering women's gifts is also counter-Scriptural. The reality is, God wired women with such amazing abilities because they were meant to be used. That is Bible 101. Now, thanks to the women and men at Christians for Biblical Equality, we can finally peel back centuries of misinterpretation and see it. CBE's loving and arduous work - opening the full counsel of Scripture regarding women within the informed context of faith and history - has built a new foundation of hope and possibility for the Church. For any organism to function optimally, its whole body must be engaged. If there were ever a time the Church needed to function - and function at its best - that time is now. Thanks, CBE, for freeing women to impact a waiting world.
CBE is a gift to evangelical women and men world-wide who wonder about or already have an egalitarian vision of leading and serving as the Body of Christ. No where else can you find such a treasure of resources that provide elegantly clear, grace-filled and scholarly understandings of the inclusion of both genders in the full range of kingdom responsibilities. From the biblical to the practical with conferences and books/media CBE helps us re-imagine a different world where we are free indeed.
Everywhere I go I find thinking Christians who are wrestling with the issues of gender equality in ministry and in the home. Many are uncertain and are not able to verbalize their thoughts just as we were. CBE helped my wife and I put our legitimate questions on the table, examine them in light of Scripture, and gave us confidence to articulate them better. Through the resources CBE offers, we discovered we were not the only teachers of the Bible looking for answers with integrity. Our journey through the gender question has not been easy, yet it has improved our marriage and ministry as well as our intimacy with Christ. CBE has played a significant role in our journey and we support this work wholeheartedly, having been privileged to help both men and women discover more of their gifting as they work together in the Kingdom.
Having shared with six others the responsibility of drafting the original manifesto for the Christians for Biblical Equality, I stand firmly committed to the same. I believe that most, if not all of the restrictions on women in society have no basis in Scripture; and that those maintained in the Church are based on an inadequate interpretation of a few restrictive passages which put them in contradiction with the manifest special concern and love of God for women articulated from Genesis to Revelation. I do believe that in the eschaton all the redeemed will endorse biblical equality, since all of them will together constitute the bride of Christ.
Before there was CBE I, by the grace of God, was given the privilege to be brought up in a home with parents who daily lived out Biblical Equality. Before CBE, when Carol and I were married, we based our marriage on what we believed to be the principles of Biblical Equality. When, for a time, I was a member of the CBE board, I was convinced that CBE was called to a mission for teaching and promoting Biblical Equality for ‘Such a Time as This.’
My contact with CBE is an answered prayer. God has given me people whom I can journey with in my calling. Biblical equality between men and women is really the heart of the Christian message. It has been very refreshing to read the works and be in contact with people who work for Biblical equality. The work of CBE is a great support to my ministry.