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10 Tweets That Sum Up the Controversy Around the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Conference

There are a few big conferences happening this week in Christendom. There’s the Together for the Gospel conference that starts today. But its preconference, the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, or #CBMW16, conference has been the one to stir up quite a bit of news and controversy.

#CBMW16 is spearheaded by John Piper and Wayne Grudem and filled with speakers like Reverend Kevin DeYoung, Dr. Al Mohler and John Piper. This year’s event theme is “The Beauty of Complementarity,” designed to equip the church to defend the “gospel version of manhood and womanhood in this fallen world.”

For those unfamiliar with complementarity, The Gospel Coalition offers this definition:

A complementarian is a person who believes that God created male and female to reflect complementary truths about Jesus. That’s the bottom-line meaning of the word. Complementarians believe that males were designed to shine the spotlight on Christ’s relationship to the church (and the LORD God’s relationship to Christ) in a way that females cannot, and that females were designed to shine the spotlight on the church’s relationship to Christ (and Christ’s relationship to the LORD God) in a way that males cannot.

But the conference has attracted quite a bit of disagreement on social media, sparking outrage from speakers like Rachel Held Evans and Sarah Bessey. They, among others, took to Twitter to express concern, and in some cases outrage, about how the conference approaches gender roles, specifically related to issues of abuse in marriage and the role women play in leadership in the church.

Below are tweets from the conference as well as tweets from those in disagreement with what the conference purports.

As the T4G conference continues this week, it seems from the tweets and commentary that the contention and disagreement will only continue, not let up.

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Carrie Kintz is a freelance writer and communication strategist. She works with ministries and individuals across the country, helping them figure out what to say and how to say it in the digital space. Carrie has also spoken at conferences such as the Best of Social Media Summit and That Church Conference. When she's not writing (or tweeting), she enjoys hiking, time with friends and a good cup of coffee