Traditional role religion has always held that the first man and the first woman were created with an equal mandate to rule over all non-human creation together, with no semblance of female subjection to male dominance until the balance of power was shifted to favor the male by the introduction of sin into the world.
Complementarians view this teaching as a traditionalist loophole offering women full equality with men at some point in the misty eternal future. Even the expectation of such is unacceptable to complementarian leaders. So, they conveniently plugged the traditionalist loophole by teaching that the imbalance of power, favoring men over women, is a permanent eternal fact due to a teaching created by the creators of the Danvers Statement, which they aptly named the “Divine Order of Creation.” This trumped-up doctrine, states that female inferiority was intentional and eternal as part of the creation and not a consequential temporary curse because of original sin.
Complementarians claim that inequality exists within the Godhead by assigning complementarian "roles" to God himself. They claim the Triune Godhead is complementarian, with Jesus, who is Immanuel [THE God with us] taking second place in the pecking order and the Holy Spirit following along in last place.
Many reputable scholars down through the ages (including, of recent times, the late Dr. Walter Martin) have contended for the faith against the heretical Arian doctrine of the Eternal Sonship of Christ.
Despite the fact that complementarianism has basically overthrown sound doctrine within the Christian community, many individuals, individual churches within complementarian denominations, as well as entire denominations such as the *Church of the Nazarene, the Methodist Churches, and the Society of Friends (the Quakers) hold that all Christians are freed from the curse of sin and are equal and autonomous between themselves, before God, and in Christ, and that all people have equal responsibility to use their gifts and obey their callings to the glory of God, and that God freely calls believers to roles and ministries without regard to class, gender, or race.
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