The Role of Desire in the Gender Debate
In the end, I could be wrong on my interpretation of the data of the texts. They are difficult. And I’m willing even still to leave the question open, although I’m quite confident there will remain a deadlocked [sic] until Jesus returns. I believe there is no high ground in this discussion when it comes to the evidence. So, in large measure I’ve decided that I just don’t want to be on the “limitation” side of this debate. When I stand before God, I would rather have committed the “sin” of wrongly interpreting very difficult passages and be for women in ministry, than to be for the limiting interpretation of the passages and commit the “sin” of restricting the role women can play in the church.
In short: if in doubt, I want to hold the view that places the fewest limitations on people. Fair enough. For my part, if in doubt, I want to hold the view that stands in closest continuity with the church through history, and the view that errs on the side of obeying, rather than not, New Testament imperatives. But acknowledging the role that preferences, friendships, ecclesiastical backgrounds and even personalities play in this conversation is certainly helpful. I applaud Joel Willitts for his clarity of thought on this one.