Yes, man-hating radical feminist, you could embrace complementarianism. Atheists and everyone who do not like to follow the Bible, you are likewise welcome in the complementarian tent!
I am being facetious, of course. But if one particular thing Kassian wrote is taken for truth, and inserted into other complementarian writings, it puts complementarianism in a whole new light.
Mary Kassian wrote:
Authority is not the right to rule—it’s the responsibility to serve.
If that was true then we should look again at the Danvers statement:
“The consequent [consequence of "hermeneutical oddities devised to reinterpret apparently plain meanings of Biblical texts"] threat to Biblical authority” (The Rationale, point 9) and “Biblical teaching should remain the authority for testing our subjective discernment of God’s will” (Affirmations, point 8) means complementarians believe the Bible is responsible to serve. Whom should the Bible serve?
Biblical authority usually means that it the text has the right and power to dictate the way Christians live. Is Kassian suggesting the Bible should become our servant instead, that it should do what we need to get done? Is complementarian hermeneutics aimed at making the Bible serve the complementarian desires?
“Wives should forsake resistance to their husbands’ authority”(Affirmations, point 6) would only mean that they should allow their husband to serve them, not that he has any right to rule. Whether it cleaning dishes or making coffee or financial provision, they should allow men to do it.
A significant thing about the Danvers statement is that women do not have authority at home and church in it. In other words, if we believe Kassian, it would mean women have no responsibility to serve their husbands or their churches.
“In all of life Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women” (Affirmations, point 7) would mean Jesus have a big responsibility to serve us. We should not serve Him – we are not his authorities.
In other words: Mary Kassian, we are not fools. We know that with words choices like “Authority is … the responsibility to serve” you are simply not being honest. “Let your yes be yes and your no be no”, said Jesus. Say what you really mean and stop obfuscating the issues.