Complementarianism – holding to a form of godliness but denying its power

Popped into my head today as I made some more Biblical connections today.  This includes one of the classic Scriptures that accurately points out various ills in the Church and society today.

2 Timothy 3:1 But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these 6 For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 8 Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith. 9 But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

v5 – Complementarians espouse headship but deny the power of the authority of headship. In the Koine Greek, the will of exousia (authority) is represented by dunamis (power). In other words, they hold up headship which is clearly godly (1 Corinthians 11, Ephesians 5) but deny its power.

v6 – This allows pastors and all who hold to such views to butt into marriages with lip service to headship, but tell the husband to be the wife’s servant-“leader” which really means slave to her feelings (various impulses). Bible studies become about finding ways to avoid submission (whatabout-ism to captivate weak willed women).

v7 – Which all ends up in learning about the Bible but never able to come to the knowledge of the Truth. They think they are doing the right thing by following Jesus in terms of headship, but are in reality doing the exact opposite and wrong thing which leads to more marital dysfunction and divorce. Much like the blindness that many of the religious leaders of Jesus’ days had to His parables.

It’s honestly pretty crazy how well that matches up to complementarianism and explains why it’s bad.


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6 Responses to Complementarianism – holding to a form of godliness but denying its power

  1. Jack says:

    Brilliant insights!

    Authentic masculine power and authority of the husband as an archetype of Christ is a politically incorrect, hot-button issue, even for “good Churchian folks”. “Toxic masculinity” and female submission are condemned as sin. The church needs to repent of calling that which is good evil, and that which is evil good. We’re long overdue for a revival.

  2. Anonymous Reader says:

    v5 – Complementarians espouse headship but deny the power of the authority of headship.

    Figureheadship, or why complementarianism is just feminism with a Jesus fish taped on.

  3. feeriker says:

    We see that the church cannot remain true to and obedient of the Word even when it is merely the subject of mockery and not under direct persecution. How then do we expect even heretical Complementarianism to be tolerated as a compromise once the thumb screws (literal and figurative) are applied?

  4. Jack says:

    @ Feeriker,
    If we clearly understand God’s standards, then it will be evident that we cannot reach it. The common error is to lower the standard to something that the average person can reach in order to fuel the false hope that we don’t need Christ.

  5. info says:

    Man. I wonder what God is doing to deal with this outside of us guys and Dalrock and so forth.

  6. fuzziewuzziebear says:

    I remember reading Animal Farm years ago. “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.” I guess that they think we are stupid.

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