CBMW looks to the future -- By: Anonymous
CBMW looks to the future
I recently became president of CBMW once again, returning to a position I had served in from 1989–91. What are my goals now for CBMW?
First, we need to provide academically sound resources to Christian leaders. We already have the most extensive publications of Biblically sound materials on these issues, including our book, Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which was “Book of the Year” for Christianity Today readers in 1992. In addition, CBMW has a unique ability to coordinate and publicize new scholarly studies defending Biblical views of manhood and womanhood, such as the groundbreaking new research on 1 Timothy 2:12 by Scott Baldwin and Andreas Köstenberger (see article p. 6). Whenever denominations and specialized ministries debate issues concerning men’s and women’s roles, we can provide them with the most up-todate writings that show the errors both of oppressive male chauvinism and of unbiblical feminist egalitarianism.
Second, we need to publicize the decisions of Christian groups on men’s and women’s roles. In this issue of CBMW NEWS, we rejoice in the firm stands taken by Southern Seminary and the Vineyard Churches, but we also report with regret the commitment to egalitarianism made by InterVarsity, and the decision by Regent College, Vancouver, to forbid any CBMW speakers on campus. I believe that every church, every denomination, and every parachurch organization will be forced by the pressures of our culture to make written policy decisions on the appropriate roles for women in the next few years. We plan to report these decisions as they occur. Send us news about your organization!
Third, we need to publish new scholarly answers to egalitarian writings. As I read widely influential egalitarian publications such as Gilbert Bilezikian’s Beyond Sex Roles, or the more recent book by Richard and Catherine Kroeger, I Suffer not a Woman, I am dismayed to see the errors in Biblical interpretation—the misrepresentation of other positions, the misuse of historical evidence, the use of obscure linguistic data centuries after the New Testament without supplying dates for the reader, the quotation of unheard-of writers as if they were accepted scholars, the statement of “facts” that are simply untrue (see the article about the Kroegers’ book on p. 9, for example). Yet few people know where to find answers to these writings, and thousands of readers who do not have the benefit of technical Biblical training and a large reference library have no way of knowing that these statements are wrong.
Eventually, if people are presented with enough wrong information, they will make wrong decisions. I am convinced that is exactly what is happening...
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