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Apr 9, 2021 04:58PM
Apr 9, 2021 05:01PM
I feel the following story is of great importance. It's a continuance of well-known Bible teacher Beth Moore's recent announcement that she left the Southern Baptist Church. Now she's speaking out against the church's theology of complementarianism, which says men and women were created for different roles in the church that compliment each other. True meaning: Men have the power. Women must submit.
Has Moore finally seen the light?
The story was reported in the Washington Post, among other news sources.
Moore is so well-known and respected in evangelical Christians circles that a female historian is quoted as saying, "This is the beginning of the end of complimentarianism."
Dear God, I hope so.
Beth Moore apologizes for elevating complementarianism
WASHINGTON (RNS)—First she shook the evangelical world by leaving the Southern Baptist Convention. Now Beth Moore, arguably the evangelical world's most famous Bible teacher, has begged forgiveness for supporting the theology of male headship rooted in many evangelical cultures.
In an April 7 Twitter thread, Moore took aim at complementarianism, the 20th century theological framework that argues men and women were created for different roles and that effectively champions male headship and female submission.
For some evangelicals, complementarianism is a line in the sand. Those who question it are seen as undermining belief in the Bible. Moore said that was wrong.
"Let me be blunt," Moore tweeted. "When you functionally treat complementarianism—a doctrine of MAN—as if it belongs among the matters of 1st importance, yea, as a litmus test for where one stands on inerrancy & authority of Scripture, you are the ones who have misused Scripture. You went too far."
She also apologized for her past view on the matter.
"I beg your forgiveness where I was complicit," she said on social media. "I could not see it for what it was until 2016. I plead your forgiveness for how I just submitted to it and supported it and taught it."
In an email to Religion News Service, Moore didn't go quite so far as to say she has entirely abandoned complementarianism. But she no longer sees it as essential.
"I'm not going to be pushed into either category right now because that's not my point," Moore wrote in response to a question about whether she was still a complementarian, or its counterpart, an egalitarian. "My point is that it has taken on the importance of a first-tier doctrine."
But apologizing for her role in supporting and elevating the importance of that theology, which she had submitted to, is a major step for Moore.
Some female historians said Moore's tweets were a decisive shift. Beth Allison Barr, a Baylor University historian and author of The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth, likened Moore to the biblical Joshua commanding the people to shout so the walls of Jericho fall down.
"She just shouted," Barr said concerning Moore. "This is going to be the beginning of the end of complementarianism."
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