…if the church, the family and h
ousehold of God, where all are sons of God (I Tim 3:15; Gal 3:26-29), cannot accept women as equals, on that basis will anyone else?
…if the church, the body of Christ where all are members of that body (I Cor 12:27) and
accepted by Jesus as his own brothers (Heb 2:11; Rom 15:7), cannot accept women as equals, on what basis will anyone else?
…if God’s truth cannot support equality for women in the church, nor, consequently, in society, how will God’s truth support equality for anyone? What other truths
are there that can support the equality of all people in society? There is no other basis. There is no other truth. In theory the church knows this. We preach that the Bible contains the very truths of life itself. We say the truth of the gospel is the foundation for all other truth and applies to all of life. We tell the
world, “All truth is God’s truth.”
For the essence of the idea of Scripture is that it alone is the criterion of truth.
Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Col 2:3)
So if there is no other truth than God’s truth; and the church, God’s people, says
God’s truth does not yield equality for women; then there must e no truth to women’s equality anywhere. Thus, no one
will have reason to consider women as equal to men as to value, status, opportunity, right, responsibility, privilege or freedom. Withou
t Jesus Christ’s redemptive and reconciling truth, without the leavening power of the Christian recognition of female equality, and without the church’s example of Christian equality alive in
its body, the status of women will revert to the death grip of t
he curse, “Your desire will be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (Gen 3:16) This is a given, a specific of the law of death, which
cannot be avoided through lack of recognition, in spite of a politically correct lip service
equality. If this is the case, how has Christianity therefore been able to promote the advancing equality of women throughout history while at the same time continually affirming the subordination of women within church walls?
Here’s how. No one thought about
it. For centuries the subordinate role of women in the church as been accepted without question, so the dichotomy of thinking was not apparent. The church preached the basic gospel truth without saying much about women specifically. Consequently, that truth was more and more applied to women in society.
Cornelius Van Til,
A Christian Theory of Knowledge
, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1969, pp. 43.