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Discussion: Egalitarian vs Complementarian in the Alliance

General Assembly 2012, the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada

The Ordination of Women

Speaking Out

Dr. Arnold Cook, former President of C&MA

Dr. Arnold Reimer, former District Superintendant

Rev. Ed Drewlo, Pastor

Allan Langois, Rules Committee, General Assembly

Bert Warden

The Issue

The key issue is the motion that permits the ordination of women by replacing the word "men" with "persons." This removes any difference between the role of men and women specifically as it relates to certain roles in the local church.

The Outcome

Following the vote to ordain women together with the changes to licensing that permits a women to fill any role in the local church, there was silence as the impact of the decision was realized. There was no sense of the Holy Spirit's approval. Unity has been severely damaged.

Quote: The same flawed hermeneutic is being used again, i.e. “going with the obscure Bible passages and reinterpreting the clear teaching to compile with the obscure.” - Dr. Arnold Cook

Though the concept of male-female complementarity is present from Genesis through Revelation, the label “complementarian” has only been in use for about 25 years. It was coined by a group of scholars who got together to try and come up with a word to describe someone who ascribes to the historic, biblical idea that male and female are equal, but different. The need for such a label arose in response to the proposition that equality means role-interchangeability (egalitarianism)—a concept that was first forwarded and popularized in Evangelical circles in the 1970s and 80s by “Biblical Feminists.”

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