Woman deacons and the PCA: reading Tim Keller between the lines...
(Tim) In the article he wrote for the PCA's denominational magazine byFaith, Tim Keller gave his rationale for supporting... Well, exactly what?
Actually, he spent his entire article making elaborate arguments for what our Book of Church Order already permits.
Well, read what he wrote for national consumption and you'll see what I'm saying. Tim says he doesn't want women ordained to the diaconate.
So what's the big deal?
I'll let you in on a little-known fact not mentioned in the article: Tim and his session refuse ordination to the male deacons of their church.
Throw in that small fact and Tim's writing for the denominational magazine takes on an entirely different significance. Throw in that large fact and we realize the significance of Redeemer's mantra, their operative rule about all things sexual:
A woman may do anything a non-ordained man may do.
Since a woman may do anything a non-ordained man may do, they stopped ordaining deacons.
So now, as Deacons, women and men are both free to do the same things. Or, as unordained Deacons, women and men are free to do the same things. Or, as members of the Diaconate Team, women and men are free to do the same things. Or...
Wouldn't it have been helpful if Tim's article had mentioned the fact that Redeemer no longer ordains their male deacons?
Think about it: female deacons can do anything male deacons can do.
That is, after you've stopped ordaining your male deacons.