Is male headship a cultural concept?

Is male headship a cultural concept?

Greek and Roman culture in New Testament times was evidently "male-dominated." If, however, as some contend, New Testament teaching is an expression of that culture, the basic nature of inspiration is at issue. "Thy Word is true from the beginning: and every one of Thy righteous judgments endureth for ever" (Psalm 119:160). The Scriptures claim to be absolute truth; the Scripture’s application of that truth transcends time and culture.

Enunciated in the New Testament, headship is an administrative arrangement established by God Himself. The statement, "The head of Christ is God" (1 Corinthians 11:3), anchors this truth in the Godhead. Neither this nor the accompanying statement, "The head of every man is Christ" can be regarded as cultural. These are truths established by divine purpose. The third statement, "The head of the woman is the man," must be the same. God established this order at creation, as indicated in verses 7 - 9. Verse 5 refers to "every woman," thus substantiating that male headship is not limited to marriage.

The first clause of Ephesians 5: 23, "The husband is the head of the wife" shows that marriage models this relationship. The second clause, "Christ is the head of the church," relates God’s purpose for establishing this headship to the greatest work God will ever accomplish; therefore, male headship is a vital and eternal truth.

D. Oliver