Tweet by Kevin DeYoung

“Only with an understanding of complementarity in marriage do we have any grounding for monogamy and exclusivity [in marriage; thus, fidelity].”

[By complementarity he means roles that are hierarchical and patriarchal.]

So, according to DeYoung fidelity is determined by role not by love; he has here accused all egalitarians of not having a grounding for a faithful monogamous marriage.

[SMcK: According to my sources, Kevin DeYoung means by “complementarity” only male-female marital relations and not the typical use of complementarianism. In which case I still find his “any grounding” to be an overstatement since it takes away the “rugged commitment” dimension of “covenant” in a marital relation. Yes, procreation does create the situation for more stability in a marital relation, but “any grounding for monogamy or exclusivity” is an overstatement.]

About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than fifty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.