Denton Bible Holding the Line

I am glad to see that Denton Bible Church is standing strong on the complementarian point of view by hosting an important series of messages on Women in Ministry.

If you’re in the Dallas area, I would encourage you to attend the events described below in the letter from Tom Nelson of Denton Bible. May the word of the Lord prosper!

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June 4, 2008

Dear Pastor,

I’ve pastored for 31 years in Denton and have never had a reason to contact other pastors with what Denton Bible was doing—until now.

We are doing a 3-week series at DBC on the egalitarian issue, “Can a woman be in authority over a man in the local church?”“Can they serve as pastors, elders or deacons over a man?”

The teaching of the Bible is “no” (I Tim. 2:9-15; 1 Cor. 14:34);

The example of the Bible is that men lead;

The historic position of the church is that men lead;

Because of these, this has been our position at DBC.

In the last 20 years this has been challenged. Even within my own seminary—Dallas Theological Seminary—this has been challenged. But it is not primarily being challenged because of a difference in the interpretation of a particular verse (lower criticism) but rather a difference of hermeneutic (higher criticism); meaning that the Bible was true then for that time, but not for ours. The hole in the theological dike here is obvious: At what point do we say what is now “outdated”? Something is ended only if Scripture says it is ended.

With this in mind, DBC is doing a 3-week Sunday sermon series on the egalitarian issue from June 15 to June 29. In these three weeks, I and two other men who are tops in their field will address this issue.

On June 15 I will bring the message in the 2 morning services (9:00 and 11:00 AM). Our College Pastor will bring the message in the evening service (5:00 PM).

On June 22 we have invited Dr. Bruce Ware to speak at all three Sunday services (9:00 and 11:00 AM and 5:00 PM). Dr. Ware is Professor of Theology at Southern Baptist Seminary having previously taught at several seminaries most recently at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a highly esteemed theologian, popular speaker and prolific author. He has spoken and written frequently on a wide variety of gender role issues.

On June 29 Dr. Russell Moore will be speaking at all three Sunday services. Dr. Moore is Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President of Academic Administration at Southern Seminary. He is also the Executive Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Institute for Evangelical Engagement and Senior Editor of Touchstone Magazine: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He too is a frequent speaker and writer on gender issues and matters affecting popular culture.

On June 22 and 29 our 5:00 PM evening service will have the same men preaching to those (the younger crowd) of that service. It is not often that this issue is addressed. If we can be of any service to you men who support this tradition in your churches or to your churches, DBC would simply offer its services.

May God equip you in every good thing to do His will,

Tom Nelson

Senior Pastor

9 Comments

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9 responses to “Denton Bible Holding the Line

  1. tlangejr

    Praise the Lord for Tom Nelson and Denton Bible for taking a clear and open stance on a controversial issue! I am glad that there are others who believe this way!

  2. Wayne Roberts

    Very minor point…I think Dr. Ware has been at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary since 1998 having come from TEDS. I do wish I were in Denton so I could attend.

  3. Wayne Roberts

    Disregard first sentance in my previous comment…Its too early for me to read clearly!

  4. Jimmy Stanfield

    “But it is not primarily being challenged because of a difference in the interpretation of a particular verse (lower criticism) but rather a difference of hermeneutic (higher criticism); meaning that the Bible was true then for that time, but not for ours. The hole in the theological dike here is obvious: At what point do we say what is now “outdated”? Something is ended only if Scripture says it is ended.”

    That’s very well put. We despereately need more of this at the local church level.

  5. Jim, I thought it might be interesting for your readers to note that a church which holds a slightly different position, Irving Bible Church, posted about 20 pages of material on their exegetical and theological work on the issue which they did over a church-wide 18 month process. Whether you agree or disagree with them, it’s helpful to consider some of the issues they surface, and see how they work through them.

    It’s certainly not an easy issue, but it is extremely important, and I’m so glad that Denton Bible is addressing the subject.

  6. Jim, thanks for the links. It’s helpful to catch up!

  7. I go to Denton Bible. If you want to hear the messages, you can subscribe to the Podcasts and download them to your iPod to listen.
    Subscribe from a link here: http://www.dentonbible.org

    As a recovering woman-in-ministry, I’m looking forward to hearing this series!

  8. BW

    Very encouraging to know that this church is doing this!! Thank you!!

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