Gender Justice movement (Church of Christ)

Gender Justice movement (Church of Christ)

"Gender Justice" is a phrase used by some members of the Church of Christ to refer to their or their congregations' attitude toward gender roles.

Proponents of Gender Justice base their approach on an interpretation of is not to be taken as a prohibition against women preaching the Gospel: if Paul intended this verse as a general rule to bar all women from speaking in church, then they cannot teach Sunday School, testify, pray, prophesy, sing, or even reach the state of salvation (since the confession of faith of necessity involves speech). This strict interpretation, to which many congregations admittedly do not adhere, is seen by the gender justice congregations to contradict the rest of the Bible ( states "So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them.". It is illogical to postulate that male and female can "both" be created by God and "in the image of God" yet one is less equal than the other. Since "both" are created in God's "image", this faulty logic would imply that part of God is less equal than another part.
*Human history has been a history of male domination over women. The clear evidence of women preaching in the Bible (both Old and New Testaments) is highly exemplary in itself. Throughout history, and indeed today, women have often been subjugated, abused by and forced to be subservent to men. In some societies today women are still not free to dress as they please, vote or even drive a car (e.g. Saudi Arabia). It's important to understand that these doctrines and policies of inequality are from men and not of God who created both with love "in His image".
* ("...God is no respecter of persons....")

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