Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Preconference Highlights

Here are a few of the highlights for me from the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Preconference before the Together for the Gospel Conference 2014.

Ligon Duncan started it off by by discussing Biblical complementarionism between the roles of men and women. Men and women are of equal dignity and worth but have different God given roles. It is important to acknowledge this truth because:

  1. God has created men and women different and this must be recognized and taught.
  2. The Bible teaches so much and so clearly on manhood and womanhood.
  3. When Biblical manhood and womanhood is denied, altered, or not practiced, it wrecks ruin on marriages, families, and churches.
  4. It is at the heart of the current cultural shift.
  5. Denying or twisting this Biblical teaching runs afoul of Biblical inerrancy.

Russell Moore said two things that helped me:

  1. Women are not called to submit to all men generally, but only to their own husband (Eph 5:22).
  2. Our culture pretends to be egalterian while really it is a pagan patriarchy where men use women for there own ends.

Kevin DeYoung gave a very helpful summary of the differences God’s design of men and woman.

  1. Eager Posture – Women are made with a bent toward a willingness to help her husband. Men are made with a bent toward leading his wife. The posture or leaning of men and women are complementary.
  2. Body – Gender is God-given. Our gender corresponds with our anatomy, not our perceived preference. The bodies of men and women are complementary. (Romans 1; Leviticus 18:22)
  3. Appearance – Men and women are designed to have an appearance that is in keeping with their gender. That is, a man should look like a man, and a woman should look like a woman. Some of this is cultural, and we must not over-simplify this into stereotypes. (1 Corinthians 11)
  4. Demeanor – The virtue and demeanor of a woman is gentleness. That of a man is to instruct and give a charge. (1 Thess. 2)
  5. Character – The crown of a woman is her true beauty, which is foremost a Godly character. The crown of a man is his character of strength and protection.(1 Peter 3:1-7)

Reordered these make an A,B,C,D,E acronym.

John Piper looked at the statistics of violence and violent crime committed men. The fact that men commit such crimes far more often might lead us to think that men are more sinful. But this is not the case according to Scripture. Rather what we see is that even in the types and ways that men and women sin, they reveal that they have a unique bent. The nature of men and women shows itself in that men incline toward violence and cruelty while women incline toward manipulation, controlling, and doting. In Christ, both men and women are rescued from the deformation of male/female roles.

David Platt dealt with singleness.

  1. Singleness is a gift from God that portrays the Gospel of God. Singleness portrays our ultimate identity in Christ and our external identity in the church.
  2. We must exhort single people to use this good gift for God’s glory by being focused on the mission, setting their affections fully on God, and being undivided in their devotion.

In addition, Platt pointed out that Jesus, the fullest and most complete human who ever lived was single.

The CBMW conference had some helpful material and I enjoyed the fast paced, 20-mintue per person format.