Complementarianism is a doctrine that claims 1.) husbands will present wives to Christ at the judgment, and 2.) that husbands will answer for the behavior of wives at the judgment, and 3.) that wives who were submissive to husbands will not be held accountable to God for their sins, if...in the process of sinning, they were obeying their husbands.
There are a number of problems with these claims:
1.) Complementarian doctrine transforms husbands into mediators when the Bible says there is only one mediator between God and humanity, and that is the man, Christ Jesus.
2.) What if the wife and husband are not both saved? In that case, they will not stand before God in the same judgment. The saved will stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ in the First Resurrection. The unsaved will appear at the Great White Throne Judgment, which is the judgment of the condemned.
3.) If complementarian theology is correct, then the doctrine of the Priesthood of all believers is false, and only male believers will be priests and kings before God. The problem with this is, that even complementarian theology [as a general rule] agrees that the priesthood of believers includes all believers, regardless of sex.
Each of these three points presents an either/or choice.
1.) Mediatorship of Christ alone 2.) The separate judgments of the righteous and the damned [along with every scripture that speaks to personal accountability before God] 3.) The priesthood of every believer -Vs- only some
Either accept complementarianism by ignoring the clear text of scripture regarding these three points...or reject male headship by choosing to believe the Bible instead.
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