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Re: “The Vintage church in Raleigh attracts young college students, but does its anti-women stance collide with its public image?

First off, I appreciate all the comments left on this page. It seems that we have a better informed city than this article presents.

As a 20-something Christian woman in the Triangle, I know several friends who attend Vintage. All have openly questioned their pastors about the female ordination piece and seem to be in open dialogue with them about the issue. From my understanding, the church calls this issue an "open-handed" issue, meaning you don't have to agree with it to be a member in the church. One of my friends even said some of the pastors at the church disagree on this issue. The church officially proposes no females in leadership because they believe that God created men and women for different purposes, an ancient idea called complementarianism. I personally disagree, but I don't think it's fair to call Vintage out on it when it clearly espouses complementarianism whenever anyone asks and its leadership is willing to talk about it openly.

I know plenty of Ms. Porter's type. I get the angst- hipster folk going to church- not your normal cup of tea. But what I don't get is how Ms. Porter got it in her head that Vintage or any other non-denominational contemporary church (of which there are tons in the Triangle) is trying to intentionally poison minds of unknowing followers. That just simply isn't the case. If you want to go to church, you go to church, you listen, you analyze, you decide. Nothing keeps you there. I've never thought that any of the new church plants in the area are trying to masquerade themselves as liberal places. They are just trying to make old messages (like those of the Southern Baptist Convention) more accessible to a new generation. Do we fault them for that?

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Posted by eilla883 on 02/06/2014 at 9:33 PM

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