In an age where the distinctions between the sexes are actively trying to be blurred, how the does the Bible address the roles of men and women, especially in the church? Does the Bible teach that culture dictates the roles or does the Bible transcend culture?
In his book, Dr. DeYoung, unpacks the roles that God intends for men and women and gives foundation for why he teaches this. Starting with Genesis, DeYoung focuses on how God originally designed men and women and how sinned has eroded this understanding causing competition and confusion.
DeYoung also discusses various passages and gives his reason for why he may, or may not, support those who see such passages differently.
For example, 1 Timothy 2:11 mentions that women should keep silent in the church. Following then is verse 12 which gives what a woman is not permitted to do. What did Paul intend with this statement? Were women to remain mute during church gatherings? DeYoung states this
“Thus, the command for quietness and submission begins verse 11, and the command for silence finishes verse 12. In the middle we have an explanation of what it means for women to learn in quietness and full submission. Women should not teach (respecting the command for quietness) and should not have authority over a man (respecting the command for all submissiveness).” pg. 80
DeYoung then expounds on these two verses demonstrating what teaching looks like, or does not look like, for a woman at church in relation to remaining silent. I must admit that I am still digesting what he said as I try to understand Scripture more in this area. It has challenged me to see what culture tries to teach and weigh it against the truths of Scripture.
DeYoung continues with other passages and gives his understandings on how God has gifted men and women and prescribed roles for them. His goal is to challenge men and women to align with God’s design and to nurture each other to make each of the sexes more like Christ.
*I received a review copy from Crossway in exchange for this review.