The short answer is that it identifies only two offices and categorically limits the pastoral office to qualified men. The basis of this limitation is not arbitrary but based on God’s design as it is revealed in Scripture.
Professor of Biblical Studies; Director of The Center for Gospel and Culture
Burk joined the faculty of Boyce College and Southern Seminary in 2008. He serves as the director of the Center for Gospel and Culture. Burk writes frequently on biblical and theological topics. He is the author of a book on sexual ethics titled What Is the Meaning of Sex? as well as a book on Greek grammar entitled Articular Infinitives in the Greek of the New Testament. He has written articles that have appeared in the Journal for the Study of the New Testament, Tyndale Bulletin, Bulletin for Biblical Research, and the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society.
Evangelicals have been debating manhood and womanhood for decades, and the conflict shows no signs of subsiding.
Will we trust in Christ or will we get swept away by panic?
In 1 Corinthians 16:13, the Apostle Paul has clearly chosen to associate courage with masculinity.
The Bible puts solid ground beneath our feet so that we don’t have to guess at what it means to be male and female.
The pattern for a husband’s headship is Christ’s headship over his bride — the church.
There is only one God, and that means there is only one plan of salvation.
Female prophecy in the Old and New Testaments is no argument in favor of female teaching or preaching.
God intends a certain order in the husband-wife relationship. The order of creation establishes the husband as leader in the first marriage and in all marriages to follow.
A wife’s fulfillment of her role will be one of the evidences of perseverance in the faith.
If you’ve got areas in your life that you are intentionally keeping in the dark, you’ve not only got to confess your sin, but you’ve got to attach yourself to people who can help keep you accountable.
Our society is confused about gender and sexuality because it has forgotten what it means to be created in the image of God as male and female.