CBE Equality Statement Unveiled -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Priscilla Papers
Volume: PP 03:4 (Fall 1989)
Article: CBE Equality Statement Unveiled
Author: Anonymous


CBE Equality Statement Unveiled

A statement affirming the biblical basis for the equality of men and women and outlining practical applications of those biblical truths was unveiled at the first international conference of Christians for Biblical Equality.

This statement was drawn up by seven evangelical biblical scholars: Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian, Professor of Biblical Studies at Wheaton College; Dr. W. Ward Gasque, E. Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College; Dr. Stanley N. Gundry, General Manager, Zondervan Publishing House; Gretchen Gaebelein Hull, author of Equal to Serve and CBE board member; Dr. Catherine C. Kroeger, former chaplain and lecturer in Religion at Hamilton College and CBE President; Jo Anne Lyon, Adjunct Professor at Asbury Seminary; and Dr. Roger Nicole, Professor Emeritus at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary (Orlando).

This statement was enthusiastically received by the hundreds of attendees at the conference and is being circulated widely. The purpose of the statement is to direct people to the Bible rather than to human viewpoints or denominational positions. Its multiplicity of Scripture references encourages readers to search God’s Word for themselves. The statement is as follows:

Men, Women and Biblical Equality

The Bible teaches the full equality of men and women in Creation and in Redemption (Gen. 1:26-28, 2:23,5:1-2; I Cor. 11:11-12; Gal. 3:13,28,5:1).

The Bible teaches that God has revealed Himself in the totality of Scripture, the authoritative Word of God (Matt. 5:18; John 10:35; 2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20-21). We believe that Scripture is to be interpreted wholistically and thematically. We also recognize the necessity of making a distinction between inspiration and interpretation: Inspiration relates to the divine impulse and control whereby the whole canonical Scripture is the Word of God; interpretation relates to the human activity whereby we seek to apprehend revealed truth in harmony with the totality of Scripture and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. To be truly biblical, Christians must continually examine their faith and practice under the searchlight of Scripture.

Biblical Truths

Creation

1. The Bible teaches that both man and woman were created in God’s image, had a direct relationship with God, and shared jointly the responsib...

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