Erin (lizzypaul) wrote in christianitysex,

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Complementarians and Ephesians 5:21

Hey, Complementarians? I understand that there's a lot of scripture that seems to support male headship in marriage. Now, I don't agree with that interpretation, but I understand it, for the most part.

One question, though: what is your view on Ephesians 5:21? ("Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.") It's part of the passage on marriage, after all, with "wives submit to your husbands" coming directly after. Why is this verse disregarded? I do believe that wives need to be submissive to their husbands....but it also seems to me like husbands are commanded to submit to their wives, as well.

This is an honest question. My parents are egalitarians, who consider their relationship an equal partnership, and both say that mutual submission is very important to a happy marriage. Our church holds this view as well (and as my mom is the pastor, it's not like I have someone else in authority to ask). The only answer I've been given was unsatisfying (basically, I was told that "it doesn't apply to married couples" which I don't see any biblical justification for, seeing as it's juxtaposed with the rest of the commands for marriage).

If you believe in male headship in marriage, how do you interpret Ephesians 5:21?

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