Written by Dr. Samuel Logan
Tuesday, 13 December 2011 00:00
Biblical’s faculty and Board of Trustees recently adopted an official statement on “Men and Women in Theological Education.” That statement may be found here.
Much of this statement is taken directly (with written permission) from “The Cape Town Commitment” of the Lausanne Movement . Both the Lausanne statement and the Biblical statement express a clearly “missional” perspective on this issue.
Consider the following from the Cape Town statement –
Men and Women in Partnership
We recognize that there are different views sincerely held by those who seek to be faithful and obedient to Scripture. . . We call upon those on different sides of the argument to:
Accept one another without condemnation in relation to matters of dispute, for while we may disagree, we have no grounds for division, destructive speaking, or ungodly hostility towards one another [Romans 14:1-13]
The “missional perspective” tends toward a broader rather than a narrower application of the teaching of Romans 14. It tends toward what might be (and has been) called “generous orthodoxy” or “generous evangelicalism.”
Of course, it is always a challenge to distinguish between issues which are “adiaphora” and issues which are not. It is, therefore, critically important for missional organizations and institutions to make it crystal clear where they stand theologically. That is why both the Lausanne Movement and Biblical Seminary “lead with” their doctrinal non-negotiables (see the first 21 pages of the Cape Town Commitment and Biblical Seminary’s statement of convictions.
On the issue of precisely how men and women exercise partnership in Gospel activity, Biblical Seminary and the Lausanne Movement agree that there can be legitimate difference of evangelical opinion.
In future blog posts, I will examine additional areas in which both Biblical and Lausanne seek to work out their understandings of what it means to be “missional.”
Sam Logan is Special Counsel to the President and Professor of Church History at Biblical. He is an ordained minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. He is married to Susan and they have two sons and two grandsons. See also http://www.biblical.edu/index.php/samuel-logan