The complementarian hermeneutic: Adam and Eve/Adam and Steve...
(Tim, w/thanks to Joseph) If you'd like to see into the future of churches that market themselves as Evangelical or hip and Reformed, this article gives a clear picture of how it will fall out next with sodomy. First we threw out God's Order of Creation concerning patriarchy and next we're going to throw out God's Order of Creation concerning heterosexuality. But the work will be hidden behind the high moral ground of past church reforms in slavery and male dominance, and the wreckers will be chattering on about love.
If we could deny the application of Adam first, then Eve, to anyone other than Christians, and only among Christians to tie-breaking votes at home, men preaching Sunday mornings, and women having voice but no vote in our elders meetings, the next step is only logical: we'll deny that God creating Eve (rather than Steve) for Adam bars practicing sodomites from church membership and we'll think it's progressive to refer to heterosexual marriage as "God's ideal" while approving monogamous sodomite unions as a worthy second-best. Outside the Christian home and Church, we'll seek to repeal laws against sodomy because, like patriarchy, heterosexuality is a private Christian truth.
Trimming God's Word and authority is a coherent strategy that moves on to the next project and giving away territory to Satan never causes him to be less aggressive on his next mission. Every last bit of territory we concede will serve him well as the staging ground for his next attack on God's Order of Creation.
Some complementarians have written about the inevitability of the feminist hermeneutic giving birth to the homosexualist hermeneutic. By this they only mean that the complete denial of Adam's headship over Eve will also result in the complete denial of God's gift of Eve to Adam and His limiting of sex to monogamous heterosexual marriage. They're right, as far as they go. But they fail to see the inevitability, also, of their own minimalistic complementarian hermeneutic giving birth to an equally minimalistic heterosexualist hermeneutic...If the patriarchy decreed by God when He created Adam first is limited to Christians; and even among Christians, is limited to tie-breakers in marriage as well as who preaches and who votes in elders meetings in the Church; it only follows that the heterosexuality decreed by God when He created Eve for Adam, not Steve, is limited to Christians and is only "God's ideal;" and that unbelievers and other special people who claim to be unable to live within that ideal should, nevertheless, be acccepted by the church and encouraged to enter into a monogamous sodomite union.
Minimalism driven by fear, trimming driven by a lack of faith, the confession of the misogyny and homophobia of our church fathers driven by our own fear of not appearing sufficiently progressive, turning away from God's Creation Order in Genesis to an obscurantist fixation on the true meaning of this and that word in this and that phrase of the New Testament driven by our desire to stricly limit the argument to a fraternal debate over Greek exegesis rather than the blood and guts work of a theology of sexuality; these strategies are logically coherent and more noteworthy for the truths they give up than those they keep.
We must be faithful to fight at the gaps in the wall; and there, our primary concern must not be the medals we hope to receive but the faithful defense of every last bit of God's precious Truth.
A good test would be to compare the condition of the wall after we've fought the good fight to the condition of the wall left us by our faithful fathers when they'd finished the fight, themselves. At the end of the day, has that good deposit suffered attrition or is it intact, faithfully passed on to our Covenant children and grandchildren?
(The Apostle Paul wrote) "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing" (2Timothy 4:7-8).