“…submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.” (Ephesians 5:21)
This verse is often invoked in the context of the marital relationship to teach against male headship. Rather than the wife submitting to the man, it is claimed that Paul argued for mutual submission: the wife should submit to her husband, but the husband should also submit to his wife. This principle is extended beyond the marriage relationship as well to include all Christians. Each Christian ought to submit themselves to each other.
Is that the point of this passage? Is Paul teaching that we should always yield our will to someone else’s will? I think not. While a look at the context will prove this to be so, common sense alone rules this interpretation out. Consider the following: (more…)