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Complementarians believe that God made men and women to be equal in personhood and value but different in roles. They understand the Bible as teaching that God created men and women to serve different roles in the church and the home. In the 1991 book Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, leading Complementarian theologians outlined what they consider to be biblically sanctioned definitions of masculinity and femininity:

"At the heart of mature masculinity is a sense of benevolent responsibility to lead, provide for and protect women in ways appropriate to a man's differing relationships.
"At the heart of mature femininity is a freeing disposition to affirm, receive and nurture strength and leadership from worthy men in ways appropriate to a woman's differing relationships."

Official statement
The Danvers Statement on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood was prepared by several evangelical leaders at a Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW) meeting in Danvers, Massachusetts, in December 1987. The statement lays out their biblical rationale for male priority and female submission in the community of believers and in the family. Additionally it cites a set of concerns shared by complementarians over other contemporary philosophies about gender:

A growing threat to Biblical authority
Ambivalence about motherhood and homemaking
Claims of legitimacy for illicit sexual relationships and pornography
Cultural uncertainty and confusion over complementary differences between masculinity and femininity
Emergence of roles for men and women in church leadership seen as nonconforming to Biblical teaching
Increasing attention given what they termed to be feminist egalitarianism
Nontraditional reinterpretation of apparently plain meanings of Biblical texts
Unraveling marriages
Upsurge of physical and emotional abuse in the family

They attribute these ills to the "apparent accommodation of some within the church to the spirit of the age at the expense of winsome, radical Biblical authenticity which…may reform rather than reflect our ailing culture."


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