ADVERTISING
 
Tuesday, May 21   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
The future of Europe
Should Christians vote in the European Parliament election in May 2019?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



International Women’s Day
 

“God made men and women with equal dignity, freedom and intellectual capacity”

“Church members should be active in society to defend and give refuge to the battered women”, says a group of evangelical professionals and church leaders.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus MADRID 08 MARCH 2017 13:00 h GMT+1
women day, international Photo: Martin Miranda (Unsplash, CC)

Working towards equality is one of the main aims of the annual International Women’s Day.



A group of professionals and church leaders in Spain, men and women of evangelical faith, recently reflected on equality in society and in church from a biblical perspective.



A Christian view of the relationship between men and women takes in consideration the curse in Genesis 3:16. “In a world redeemed by Christ”, the group writes, “we have to fight to eradicate those sins that do not belong to the world designed by God, but are a consequence of the Fall”.



Violence against women is the tip of the iceberg of a deeper problem”. From a biblical perspective, “the separation between man and God brought a separation with other human beings, which leads to hate and violence”. Among many other forms of violence, appeared “male chauvinism”, an “ideology that considers women to have an inferior social and intellectual condition, which leads, in some cases, to physical, psychological and sexual violence”.



As Christians, “the problem of violence can only be solved bygetting to the root of the problem, returning to our Creator and reconciling ourselves to God. Only Jesus can offer a complete and profound healing, restoration, meaning and hope to both men and women”.



 



DIFFERENT BUT EQUAL



God created men and women equally, “both were made in God’s image, but have physical and hormonal differences”. These differences “are never an excuse to promote prejudices against women. The Bible condemns inequality and violence against women, and informs us that men and women were made by God with equal dignity, freedom, rights and intellectual capacity”.



The central figure of the Bible and of Christianity, Jesus Christ, is the main model. “He came to restore the creational structures and dignified the woman. This can be clearly seen in the gospels. He faced religious people and rulers of his time and stood up for women. In Jesus there is no censorship or repression for women.”



 



SPECIFIC ACTIONS



The group, which has worked under the umbrella of the Bible Groups of Graduates and the Spanish Evangelical Alliance, also suggested some principles to work towards equality.



In the local church, “both men and women should be able to develop their gifts and capacities to respond to the mission” (Matthew 28:19). “The calling of God is  for men and women alike, regardless of their gender”.



“Married women” are not more valuable than “single women”, the groups emphasises. Churches should remind their members that “both are valuable options for the life of a woman and a man”. Families are a “foundation” of society, but “single Christians are as key in building society if they choose to serve while remaining single”.



The education of children which follows a “biblical model” should include male Sunday School teachers to give good male role models. Additionally, “the role of women in teaching in all expressions of church” should be considered.



Women should be encouraged to take more public roles, both in church and in society, so that they can access to equal opportunities. In the Christian world, more women could be invited as speakers in conferences and included in the leadership of Christian organisations and in decision-making organs.



 



DEFENDING BATTERED WOMEN



Among other initiatives, the group also says churches should offer “training about the tragedy of violence against women. With a pastoral approach, victims should be protected no matter the cost”. Christians should “shed light on cases in which women have been abused in churches, and church members should be active in society  defending and giving refuge to the battered women”.



Therefore, “evangelical Christians should use the pulpit to promote respect and the appreciation of women in society and in church”.



 



MORE ABOUT THE “95 THESES” PROJECT



These ideas are a part of a larger document called “Project 95 theses”, which suggests new ‘Protestant theses’ for the 21st century in Spain. The full text, including Christian views on many spheres of society, will be made public on October 31, 2017.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - “God made men and women with equal dignity, freedom and intellectual capacity”
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals

After many years of labour, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa officially opened its new centre in Nairobi, Kenya. “Africa, your time has come!”, said the World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
What prevents us from making disciples who make disciples? What prevents us from making disciples who make disciples?

An answer by Josef Pavlinak, Director of Integrity Life.

 
A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela

In the midst of the turmoil in Venezuela, Pastor Carlos Vielma, Vice President of the Union of Christian Churches of Venezuela, sent out an urgent plea for Christians everywhere to pray.

 
Romania: God’s Word among Roma people Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.