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CBS Statement on Biblical Gender Roles

As a Bible College committed to providing our students with a biblical worldview, the College of Biblical Studies (CBS) affirms and teaches what the Bible says about the roles of men and women  and their similarities and distinctions — and thus, seeks to operate according to that faith commitment.  CBS recognizes godly Christians have varying positions on gender roles, and seeks to give students examples inside and outside of the classroom, as well as the curriculum, of biblical leadership and authority that will equip them to serve in ways that we deem biblically appropriate based on the testimony of Scripture.  

CBS affirms that men and women are created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27) and given spiritual equality in their relationship with the Creator (Gal. 3:28). We affirm that men and women have full access to God through the redemption of Jesus Christ. They also share in the same spiritual privileges, including but not limited to: justification, adoption, sanctification, the priesthood of believers, and spiritual gifts as distributed by the Holy Spirit to be used in biblically appropriate ways. 

We believe men and women are equally valuable and responsible for spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ and furthering His instruction to the church.  Men and women are called to live a godly life in private and public by God’s grace. In love, God has established distinct roles and responsibilities for women and men.  We affirm the Bible’s teaching on biblical gender roles, which teaches men and women are equal in value but different in their functions within the home and the church. We also affirm that the opinions, ideas, and proposals of men and women are of equal value and should be considered under the instruction of the Scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When men and women work together in their respective functions, then two are better than one, God is glorified, and the church and home are edified. 

Biblical Role of Men

We believe that God’s design is for men, who are biologically distinct from birth from women, to be the spiritual leaders of the home and the church. A man who is called to be a husband is to provide caring, spiritual covering over his wife in order to be used by God to meet her physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. The husband is to selflessly love his wife, as Christ loves the church, and nourish her with God’s word. He is to be a servant leader who puts her needs above his and treats her in an understanding way as a fellow heir of the grace of God (Eph. 5:24-33; 1 Pet. 3:7). Single men are called to undistracted devotion to the Lord, to treat women as sisters in Christ in all purity (1 Cor. 7:32-33, 35; 1 Tim. 5:1-2) and to make disciples (2 Tim. 2:2; Mat. 28:18-20). 

We believe that men who are fathers are called to love and serve their children by leading them in the love, discipline, and instruction of the Lord so that the children do not lose heart. Fathers are called to provide an example of Christlikeness and godly fatherhood that directs their children to their heavenly Father (Eph. 6:1-4; Col. 3:20-21). 

As sons, they are to honor their mother and father. As boys in their youth, they are called to obey and submit to the leadership of their parents and apply the biblical teachings of their parents to their lives (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20). 

As it relates to the church, we believe God designed the office of elder/bishop/pastor to be restricted to men. They must shepherd the church with the love and care of Christ, Who is the ultimate head of the church. Men who are called to this office should exercise oversight not under compulsion; not for shameful gain, but eagerly and voluntarily according to the will of God(1 Tim. 3:1-7; Tit. 1:5-9; 1 Pet. 5:2; Eph. 5:23; Col. 1:18).  Those men who are not in the office of elder/bishop/pastor are called to support and submit to biblically ordained male pastoral leadership.

Biblical Role of Women

We believe that God’s design is for women, who are biologically distinct from birth from men, to love God and others, be temperate,  modest, and if called to be a wife, to be a helper to their husbands and to love their husbands (Titus 2:3-5; Gen. 2:18; Proverbs 31:11-12, 23). Women who are called to be mothers are responsible to love their children and to assist in the instruction and correction of their children under the spiritual direction of the Bible (and biblical guidance of their husbands if married) for the glory of God and the benefit of the children (Prov. 13:15; 14:1; 22:15; 31:26-28; Ps. 128:1-3).

We affirm that the responsibilities of women, as they relate to the home and the church, directly correspond with how they were originally created by God. Single women are able to dedicate more time to discipleship and service that glorifies God (1 Cor. 7:34). Women who are called to be wives should develop their lives in biblical character, discipleship, and service to glorify God through the priority of supporting and willingly submitting to their husband’s biblical leadership, as governed by the Bible (Eph. 5:22-24; 1 Pet. 3:1-6).

As daughters, they are to honor their mother and father. As girls in their youth, they are called to obey and submit to the leadership of their parents and apply the biblical teachings of their parents to their lives (Eph. 6:1; Col. 3:20).

We affirm that in relation to the church, all women are called to support and submit to biblically ordained male pastoral leadership.  We affirm that it would not be biblically appropriate for a woman to have the same authority as a man in terms of leadership and the pastoral role in the local church. We affirm this is a function that has been sovereignly assigned to men based on 1 Tim. 2:11-15; 3:1-2; Tit. 1:6, and 1 Cor. 14:34-36. Women are responsible to instruct other women and children in the ways of righteousness (Tit. 2:3-5; 2 Tim. 1:5).  However, the apostle Paul instructs women not to teach or exercise authority over men (1 Tim. 2:11-15; 1 Cor. 14:34-36).   Paul is not preventing women from using their gifts in the local church context.  Just the opposite, Paul instructed women to teach and shepherd women and children (Titus 2:3-4). Therefore, we believe it is critical to the life of the local body that female students are theologically developed and encouraged to carry these truths back to their churches and teach the female members and children of their local congregations. 

Conclusion

Summarily, there are two important truths that CBS values and will seek to affirm: 1) Both men and women should be theologically equipped, vigorously pursued, and highly encouraged to use their God-given gifts in biblically appropriate ways (1 Tim. 2:11-15, Acts 18:26; Tit. 2:1-8).  2) This biblical definition of manhood and womanhood (complementarianism) is not conditioned by culture or personal perspective; rather, it was designed by God and revealed at creation and is expected to continue until the Lord’s Return.