Top Five Hard Complementarian Articles of 2012

Following the brilliant The Gospel Coalition, I’m going to give my Top Five Hard Complementarian Articles of 2012. Without further ado:

5. The Wife of Tim Keller:

Review of Rachel Held Evans, A Year of Biblical Womanhood

What was especially important about this article was that it was by a lady hard complementarian who tells feminist Christians that men should take on all the main roles in the church. I’d have said it myself but you know what they’re like!

It has been cleared by the National Association of Hard Complementarians that lady Christians can write book reviews. While they do not meet the criteria discernible from the Scriptures for doctrinal matters, they can be regarded as “useful writings” and even quoted if restricted for purposes of general edification. Therefore we may quote The Wife of Tim Keller: “a godly woman’s husband has honor and a good name in society.”


4. Denny Burke:

My Review of Mark Driscoll’s “Real Marriage”

Denny reviews ‘Mark Driscoll’s “Real Marriage’, which he rightly excludes the name of the co-author, The Wife of Pastor Driscoll. What was a real lifesaver for me was this question on sodomy in the martial bed which I read just in time (thanks Denny!): “What about a husband for whom such an activity might stir up homosexual desires that he has never experienced before engaging in this activity with his wife?” He later clarified his position: “I was trying to raise the possibility that it might also arouse unbiblical passions in men who have no past background.” Phew!


3. Rebecca Merriman:

“Rihanna and Chris Brown: Their Road to Reunion”

Celebrity hard complementarian couple, Chris Brown and Rihanna, have been viciously criticised by the liberal media after Chris disciplined her. Some were angry because Chris had to pick up trash from a highway as punishment. And they were right – but not in the way they think. Chris shouldn’t have been disciplined by secularism and Rihanna had no right using secularism to condemn Chris – she should have gone to her local pastor if she felt Chris was acting beyond his remit. And it was Chris – or rather God – who gave this story a happy ending: “I am seeking the counselling of my pastor, my mother and other loved ones and I am committed, with God’s help, to emerging a better person.”


2. Pastor Randy Hawk

“Could John Piper’s Advice on Wife Abuse Lead to Soft Complementarianism? Perhaps.”

While I wouldn’t ordinarily dare challenge one of the greatest hard complementarians of our times, I was deeply worried Brother John was going to stop physical disciplining of the wife, by the husband, in a martial relationship.


1. Jared C. Wilson (The Gospel Coalition):

“The Polluted Waters of 50 Shades of Grey, Etc.” (link removed)

This terrific post included the much neglected words of Pastor Douglas Wilson’s on martial sex: “A man penetrates, conquers, colonizes, plants. A woman receives, surrenders, accepts”. Sadly the link has, mysteriously, disappeared. Some egalitarians, feminists, soft complementarians and wo/manist critics like Michael Bird had some issues with this plain-meaning-of-scripture-language to which Denny Burk rightly countered: “Your “link between sex, language, and power” concedes too much to the feminist metanarrative. “Power” is a watchword for feminism, which is a worldview that is rooted in deconstructing inequities of “power.” For feminists and egalitarians, all gender hierarchies are inherently evil…It will always amount to the oppression and abuse of women, whether or not it has anything to do with sex. This is a worldview that is incompatible with a Biblical worldview. I think you concede too much to that point of view.”


One thought on “Top Five Hard Complementarian Articles of 2012

  1. Pastor Hawk, can I ask why you deleted your earlier post on the “Theological Contradictions of Marital ‘Rape'”? Of course I understand that these emotive issues will lead to the kind of emotional responses that perhaps led you to delete the entry and I am sorry that the considered response the argument deserved was not forthcoming. The evil at Sandy Hook Elementary is vivid in all of our minds, but I confess I could not make the connection some of your critical liberal readers were able to make. I thought those objections were self-serving and exploitative. I found your argument solid in scripture and plausible given what we know about President Obama’s history with the Moslem Brothers, etc. and I would like to make use of it in a sermon of mine to be delivered in the new year.

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