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Complementarians in Closed Rooms

Geneva Commons

“Locker room talk,” President Trump called his Access Hollywood hot mic recording. His defenders quickly came to help, saying that kind of talk happens when the guys are alone.

Well, I’ve never heard a conversation quite like that in a locker room, but I’ve heard more than one dismissive conversation about a woman leader in complementarian settings.

Complementarians in closed rooms too often show their misogyny, not just their theology.

Geneva Commons

Yesterday, many saw what some Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) and Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) elders were saying about Aimee Byrd, commenting on her appearance, her face, her sexuality, and her relationship with her husband, all at a Facebook group called Geneva Commons.

These are quotes from some of the screenshots which Byrd linked/posted, published from a private Facebook group, allegedly including some officers in her Orthodox Presbyterian denomination. They include comments about her and about women in general, and many more than these are at Byrd’s site, but here are a few examples:

“I wish her husband loved her enough to tell her to shut up.”

“they become man-haters because they’ve used up their sex capitol.”

“Why can’t these women just take their shoes off and make us some sandwiches!?!”

The comments are quite stunning, but also are revealing.

Beth Moore

This incident reminded me of an online interaction between Beth Moore and Thabiti Anyabwile. In 2018, Beth posted an open letter that courageously called on her brothers in Christ to stand against inappropriate treatment of women.

If you have not read it, you should.

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Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., is a professor and dean at Wheaton College where he also serves as Executive Director of the Wheaton College Billy Graham Center. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, has earned two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and has written hundreds of articles and a dozen books. He is Regional Director for Lausanne North America, is the editor-in-chief of Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited in, interviewed by, and writes for news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Founding Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 1.7 million individuals each week for bible story. His national radio show, Ed Stetzer Live, airs Saturdays on Moody Radio and affiliates. He serves as interim teaching pastor of Calvary Church in New York City and serves as teaching pastor at Highpoint Church.