CBE has the backing of a diverse and ecumenical group of supporters, ranging from theologians to pastors to missionaries to justice workers..
Below is a sampling of the Christian leaders who have endorsed CBE. Click on a name to read their endorsement.
To serve women's unique needs and to celebrate women's unique strengths—that is Christians for Biblical Equality. I thank God for this unique network of women and men, a blessing to God's world in the 21st century.
The principles of CBE are globally valid and applicable, because those principles are biblical. The worldwide Christian mission will be strengthened as believers demonstrate these principles in their lifestyle. I call upon all missional entities to stand with CBE in teaching and in administrative policy.
Despite strong opposition in recent years, CBE has been a faithful advocate for the core biblical truths of the partnership of men and women, mutual submission, and the equal gifting and ministry of every believer. Because of the abuse of power and control implicit in a hierarchical model, Jesus warned his followers that exercising authority over and bearing rule were not to be so among them (Matt 20:25-26). CBE is a beacon of light in a world desperately in need of the good news that relational health and wholeness lay in gender mutuality and partnership with Christ as Lord. It has my unequivocal respect and support.
CBE is an evangelical organization promoting biblical equality using peaceful means. It is excellent in liberating people's minds using excellent scholarship, sound doctrine, and peaceful methods that lift the status of women to reach their position in Christ. Since the introduction of the message of CBE in 2002, Uganda has never been the same, and the voice of women radio program has more than 10 million listeners. CBE is an urgent need for Africa where patriarchy and culture has imprisoned and enslaved women for many centuries. I highly affirm and endorse CBE’s vision, mission, statement of faith, and ministry.
Thanks to many committed Christian activists in the 19th century, the western Church woke up to the truth that the practice of slavery, allowed in the New Testament, was not part of God's plan for all time. Yet many segments of the Church today persist in the assumption that the first century limitations placed on women are part of God's plan for all time. The effects of this are not much less tragic than the effect of mistaking slavery for God's ideal. I know of no organization that is doing as much as CBE to help the church wake up to God's ideal regarding women in ministry and women in marriage. They are among the "abolitionists" of the 21st century and I'm proud to be among their passionate supporters!
In my work across the global South, I am struck by the deep need for the work of CBE. The oppression of women and the resultant gender-based violence that is endemic in the communities where I work is all too often underpinned by patriarchal theological perspectives. I celebrate the views and service of CBE.
Christians for Biblical Equality is evangelical and progressive. It is a scripturally-based movement that understands that in Christ women have full rights to use their God given gifts for service to the church and to the world. I'm grateful that this organization exists. Its work is needed.
CBE provides an amazing witness in the life of our world today with regard to what the Christian faith is all about. It promotes true liberation for all of God's children through a bold proclamation of the good news about God's love in Jesus Christ and embodies a holistic vision for all people. It seeks to empower God's children and build them up in their faith so that they will be ambassadors of love in our broken world. In its mission and vision, CBE is both thoroughly grounded in the biblical witness and sensitive to the contextual dynamics of our world. In CBE you will encounter genuine Christianity; rooted in Christ, loving in spirit, prophetic in vision.
It is amazing how half of the Christian church is prevented from ministry because there has been a reductionist theology which limits a woman’s role in the light of one or two texts of Scripture rather than taking cognition of the whole of Scripture. [CBE] encourages people to be thoroughly biblical in their reflections and in working out how to minister so that we can indeed enable all people to be involved in the grand task that God has given to every one of us to take the gospel to the whole world.
It is quite clear to me that the God we worship values men and women equally, and if we do not do the same, then we are making a shameful mistake. A church that ignores the talents and abilities God gives to women is like a person who tries to ride a bicycle with only one wheel. I firmly believe that we should make the best use of everyone's skills and talents regardless of gender. This is why I am so pleased that CBE exists, not only to show the way forward but to help us to get there too. This is valuable work.
CBE is an organization that, without strident voice, is pursuing a path toward equality among men and women in the Christian church, where the Spirit’s giftedness for ministry is understood to precede matters of gender, and where husbands and wives are encouraged through mutual servanthood to work together to make their marriages as Christian as possible.
Christians for Biblical Equality, with scriptural conviction and grace, challenges the church to affirm the full participation of men and women in ministry. CBE gives voice to those who suffer injustice in families, in society, and in the church. Every emerging generation needs to hear and live out the radical and profound message of that in Christ gender, class, and ethnic barriers are removed. I wholeheartedly support the work of this organization. CBE is a gift.
[CBE] is making a difference in our world by its careful research and sober declaration of the truths and implications of the equality of all persons: created in the image of God, redeemed by the work of Christ, and empowered for ministry by the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
I am so thankful for the ministry of Christians for Biblical Equality. Their message is in step with the Holy Spirit's agenda, even though their efforts to bring reformation to the church are sometimes ignored or opposed. I am honored to be a part of this history-changing movement.
Christians for Biblical Equality unabashedly proclaims the scriptural truth: God calls us all—both men and women—to practice mutuality in all our relationships, whether in the church, in society, or in marriage. CBE has assisted countless people in becoming the mutually-supportive disciples Christ wants us all to be.
If the body of Christ is going to complete the Great Commission in our generation it will only be possible when both men and women use their God-given gifts to serve the needy and minister his grace. I commend CBE's ministry, championing women and men to be and do all that God has designed for them. Together, by the empowering of the Holy Spirit, we can see God's forever dream made a reality.
I am very enthusiastic about the growing and dynamic ministry of CBE both in this country and internationally. Through its publications, networking and conferences, CBE meets a very real need to encourage and equip both women and men with solid biblical and theological foundations for Christian ministry and life. I am grateful for the strategic role CBE plays in affirming the gifts and callings of women of faith.
I heartily commend the organization, leadership and work that CBE does. Confessionally, they are orthodox, hold to the absolute authority and total truthfulness of the Bible, practice sincere Christian love in legitimate differences between Christians and have brought Scriptural hope and affirmation to countless women who have been burdened by an unnecessarily restrictive view of women’s ministries in the church.
Furthermore, CBE has contributed significantly to strengthening heterosexual marriages and families, as well as addressing marital abuse and unjust gender and ethnic discrimination. Their leadership and members are effectively involved in orthodox evangelical scholarship at the highest levels and sponsor both publications and conferences that are of exceptional quality.
CBE represents accurately much of my own view of gender with regard to Christian leadership and service—which I believe is inclusive rather than exclusive. I keep asking those who disagree to quote any New Testament texts that speak of spiritual gifts linked directly to gender. No one has, because there are none. If the Holy Spirit doesn't pour out gifts of service to the church in gender-specified terms, how can we maintain in good conscience, a gender-discriminatory view?!
So many of my friends are women whom God has called, but they face hostility in some sectors of the church because of their gender . . . and sometimes the very sectors of the church where they would have most hoped their call to be biblically affirmed. CBE provides a ministry where they can nurture their call among other believers who affirm Scripture's authority and also support their calling. I am grateful for the many people CBE has encouraged and equipped for ministry, and pray for God's continued blessings on it.
Christian for Biblical Equality heralds a new approach to ecclesiastical and doctrinal priorities and inclusiveness in understanding biblical hermeneutics and its relevance to contemporary church and society. Its mission cuts across denominational and cultural spheres. Biblical narratives and ethos are herein presented and articulated in a manner that superimposes our deeper indebtedness to biblical truth and its demands. The issue of gender and equality has been with us since time immemorial, however, it has never been deemed fit for much consideration as a fundamental biblical and theological challenge that would warrant our considerable effort for engagement. Reading from the CBE literature, one comes across well researched and inspired reflections touching on the mundane matters of life in our world today. The proliferation of liberal thoughts has come with its own portion of challenges to Christian values, and I see CBE coming forth with tangible measures to counter them. The fact that CBE’s presence is now felt across the globe with almost every continent having a stake, I would recommend every Christian-based institution and organization lend its support to it as part of its mission’s obligation.
Christians for Biblical Equality has helped greatly to fill gaps in my education. The egalitarian perspective was not represented at all in the exegesis, theology or history classes I took in college and seminary. Now I see biblical equality not simply as an exegetical option, but as a biblical imperative.
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.
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.
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.
As someone who has experienced the wonderful pastoral leadership of two women in two successive evangelical churches, I know experientially what I have always found in Scripture—that women and men are equally called and gifted by God for Christian ministry. I heartily appreciate and endorse the ministry of Christians for Biblical Equality and hope that its ministry will help to free both women and men from the bondage of cultural accommodation to hierarchical male domination in churches and families.
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.
CBE is the single most valuable resource for study and teaching materials on the subject of the biblical equality of all persons. I encourage every Christian — women and men — to discover the liberating and redemption-based truths of who they are in Christ. The CBE resources open the Scripture's revelation of God's loving and eternal plan for his human creation.
Grounded in the word of God, Christians for Biblical Equality is spreading the good news about equality in Christ for all believers, and stands tall for our liberty in the gospel. Sexism and racism in the church dishonor our Lord, and hinder the spreak of his Kingdom. CBE exists to fight these evils in our very midst, and bring light and truth to this ongoing struggle. They deserve the prayeful support of every Christian.
I am delighted to endorse the irenic, insightful, and biblically sound message of Christians for Biblical Equality. It encourages a wide constituency with academically solid and spiritually uplifting messages through its outstanding publications and conferences. Its e-zine Arise is consistently fresh and practical. Priscilla Papers addresses challenging issues with original research and exegetical insight. Its leadership from its beginning has exemplified Christ-likeness, humility and a zeal for the truth. Christians for Biblical Equality is a movement full of joy, delight in the freeing message of the Bible, and love for Christ and the church.
With the challenges of the gospel before it, the church needs to deploy all of its resources, male and female, to proclaim and live out the good news. CBE challenges the church to include its gifted and godly women of the church in all aspects of the gospel ministry.
Over the years of friendship with CBE, I am convinced that CBE is more than an organization. It is a community of vibrant and biblically committed people pursuing a path of equality among men and women in the Church and thus equipping and empowering the Church of Jesus Christ across the world.
Three reasons why I am a member and enthusiastic supporter of CBE are: (1) the trajectory of biblical theology is clearly in the direction of full equality for women and men; (2) the emphasis of CBE is as much on godly living for women and men personally and in the home as on freedom to serve in the church; (3) the burden of CBE leadership is for international as well as national ministry. I have been a member of CBE from its inception, and because this ministry is biblical, balanced and global I will continue to support CBE through prayer, finances and word-of-mouth.
The gospel declares that Jesus Christ lived and died for all of us—men and women, boys and girls. Sadly, male dominance in both ancient and modern cultures has led many churches to conform to the sin of sexism. God’s call leads to ministries based upon our gifts, not our race, social class or gender.
Christians for Biblical Equality affirms the equal calling of Christian women and men who are gifted by God for Christian service in all forms of ministry. Led by the Holy Spirit, women oppressed by culture are empowered to take up their God-given calling and follow Christ wherever God leads. Thanks be to God for the blessing of CBE!
CBE is solidly biblical and urgently needed. One of the major failures of evangelicalism is the widespread neglect or opposition to full dignity and equality for women. CBE offers a thoroughly evangelical, desperately needed corrective. My wife Arbutus and I have been members of CBE for years because we believe that Jesus was an "evangelical feminist" and everybody should follow in his footsteps. CBE is doing a great job articulating a solidly biblical understanding of the full dignity and equality of women.
Through Christians for Biblical Equality I am able to join with the worldwide body of Christ, in a partnership where all believers, without regard to gender, ethnicity or class can stand together in unity and proclaim Jesus as Lord. Christ’s call to kingdom ministry compels me to share in the mission of CBE to work for equality and justice, envisioning a future in which all believers can use their gifts for God’s glory and for the fulfillment of God’s purposes.
As a teacher of undergraduates at at Christian university, I have found CBE's programs, conferences, and resources to be of vital help to evangelical students of all ages. CBE's brochure and its statement on biblical equality are always available on our gender studies bulletin board, and I am constantly replenishing the supply! This testifies to the continuing need for such an organization, and the interest and hope that it generates among Christian students who are struggling to understand their calling as women and men in the work of God's kingdom.
Your great task is very much needed in today's situation. Any serious student who studies the creation account could hardly be mistaken of gender theology. God created man and woman in His own image, and their nobility and equality is so explicitly signified that we should never disregard. Paul the apostle makes clear explanations not only in Gal. 3:28 but also in I Cor. 12 that the divine sovereignty in distribution of spiritual gifts without distinction of gender, race and culture. Some conservative Christians are still very slow to accept, therefore CBE has a great ministry to help.
I am sincerely declaring that you have my full support without any reservation and hesitation whatsoever.
"Let's Put Women In Their Place.... RIGHT BESIDE MEN!" CBE offers this white western male both conviction and healing. Despite having been discipled by various women as a part of Jesus People USA, I still battle my own deep-rooted gender bias. I sorely need the biblical acumen, spiritual discernment, and loving correction my sisters and brothers at CBE represent. CBE's ministry has meant much to me in both my marriage and my ministry, offering valuable resources online, in their Priscilla Papers journal, and in various books, conferences, and papers. I firmly believe CBE's biblical and revolutionary message can only become more central in this twenty-first century.
CBE is, has been, and will remain a powerful tool in the hands of God to promote equality between men and women at all levels of life. The loving God longs for and demands justice and equal horizontal relationships that contribute to better human relationships. The abuse of power, undermining the dignity and denigration of his image and likeness impregnated in every woman and man afflict and sadden his heart to the point that it can’t be paralyzed or altered but instead is driven to intervene in aid of those who suffer violence and discrimination. (Psalm 103:6).
Therefore I support the excellent and influential ministry of CBE!
The ministry of CBE is absolutely crucial to the body of Christ since it champions the cause of biblical equality around the world. This is no small task; it attempts to carry forward the supreme redemptive act of Jesus into the social fabric of our broken and hurting world.
Christians for Biblical Equality offers Christians a tremendous opportunity to learn to live together more faithfully as God's people. From its inception, CBE has worked effectively and tirelessly to articulate God's passion in restoring the fullness of the biblical witness regarding gender relations within the body of Christ.