Afternoon Session: Gary Gilley - "The Centrality of Christ" from Colossians
Voddie Baucham: Biblical Manhood and Male Headship
For my notes on Baucham I am going to summarize except where I use quotes. I could not keep up with him word for word while I was writing.
Baucham spoke from Genesis 2 and Ephesians 5. He used Genesis 2 to set the context on what biblical manhood is and Ephesians 5 to explain male headship. He said this is an important issue because there are those inside and outside the church who not only disagree with this but believe this understanding to be dangerous. It is one thing to disagree, another to say it is dangerous to believe what we believe.
The world and even many Christians define manhood with 3 "B's": Billfold, ballfield, bedroom. Biblically we should define manhood with 3 "W's": work (Gen. 2:15); worship (Gen. 2:16-17); wife (Gen. 2:18-25).
Genesis 2 proves that male headship is not a result of the curse because Adam was head over his wife before sin entered the world. Genesis 2:18-25 shows teaches male headship in that the man was created before the woman, the woman for the man, from the man, and that the man named the woman. Be careful in thinking male headship means superiority. It doesn't. Headship is about order, not value. Male headship is undeniable in Genesis but so is the equality of man and woman. Baucham then illustrated this truth with the Trinity. There is subordination within the Trinity. God sent the Son and the Son sent the Spirit to glorify the Son. Yet though these is subordination and headship with the Trinity we also know that there is one God, in 3 co-equal persons. "If you have a problem with male headship, you have a problem with trinitarianism."
Ephesians 5:22ff teaches male headship also "For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior." Baucham spent some time explaining why Ephesians 5:21 does not teach mutual submission: