The Complementarian Controversy

“Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.’”

Genesis 2:18

I’ve come across famous false teachers who assert that Complementarianism is a manmade doctrine. First of all, if someone purports to be Christian and apologizes for doctrine derived from Scripture, they have no right to call themselves Christian for disavowing the fundamentals of the faith they claim to profess. We call ourselves Christian because we hold to the teachings of Jesus Christ. You might wonder… where did Jesus teach Complementarianism?

And He answered and said, Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?

Matthew 19:4-5

Since Jesus referenced and invoked the very beginning, He confirms what He has instituted. After all, He is the second person of the Trinity.

You do hold to Trinitarianism, don’t you? The term is derived from God’s triune nature (Matthew 3:13-17). The same can be applied with Complementarianism. Just because some theologian who existed before any of us were born coined the terms Trinitarianism and Complementarianism, it doesn’t mean they are not biblical.

Adam the store-bought ostrich was lonely. We bought this stuffed animal around Valentine’s day. I decided to take on the challenge of making it a suitable partner. I had some pelt yarn (Safari Ice Yarn in Camel) left over from a neckwarmer project which became the head and body of Eve. I did about 20 rounds to form the head, and 32 rounds for the body on the hand crank knitting machine.

I just finished Eve today. I worked on this thing a day after the Orange Ami creature from a few days ago. This took longer to make since it has the beak, neck, legs and feet crocheted as separate components and I didn’t get to work on it continuously.

Just after our walk in the park yesterday, we headed to the craft store to buy the 1/2-inch dome shank buttons for eyes.

They have their differences of course, but they look close enough. I could have gone for the plain black shank button, but I opted for the realistic eye look. Who knew I was going to end up talking about the origin of Complementarianism simply because of creating a partner for a stuffed ostrich?

Being able to stay at home and do crafts is one perk of Complementarianism. If you read materials from celebrity Christian women who apologize for sound doctrine that does not align with the cultural agenda, run! The last person you want to learn from is someone who claims to be deep in the faith who rejects the authority of Scripture.