Tonight, in the fray over here at Denny Burk's blog, where the comments have gone over 900, and are heading for 1000, a group of women are staging an internet sit-in to protest the complementarian interpretation of Genesis. We defy categorization. We are women whose lives have been touched by complementarianism. We are not secular feminists infiltrating the bibliosphere. We are former/quasi complementarian women who protest our condition as "created for subordination."
Thank you, Bonnie, Molly, Corrie, Gem, Paula, Quixote, Madame, Kathy, Cheryl, Ellen, (on the other side, but also a friend of this blog) We want to buck and chafe against the teaching of eternal subordination. Wouldn't you?
In that conversation, the submission of Christians to the authority of church leaders was mentioned. Here is the verse, Hebrews 13:17,
- πείθεσθε τοῖς ἡγουμένοις ὑμῶν καὶ ὑπείκετε αὐτοὶ
Be yielding unto them who are guiding you, and submit yourselves; Rotherham
Obey your leaders and submit to them NASB
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: KJV
Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. NIV
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, TNIV
In fact, in the Greek NT, I cannot recall any mention that church leaders have authority over anyone at all.
Luther discovered this very same thing. Its too late for me to dig that out now. Here is how he translated Hebrews 13:17,
- Gehorcht euren Lehrern und folgt ihnen
Obey your teachers and follow them
One could just as properly translate this text as,
- Trust your teachers and follow them.