Matt Slick and Wayne Grudem made a major admission that, methinks, should not go unnoticed in the gender role debate.
Egalitarians have said for years that being the head may mean being the source, not the leader, when the New Testament speak of the man being the head of the woman. While complementarians tend to say they disagree, they sometimes use head that same way.
CARM (Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry) has an article by complementarian Matt Slick, on the topic of federal headship. It is clear, from the article, that this federal headship makes Adam the source of sin, through which death enters. It does not make him any kind of authority figure, who orders us to sin.
Federal Headship is foreign to the modern mind, but it is a biblical concept. It is the teaching that the father is the one who represents his family, his descendents…
Federal Headship also finds its place in … Rom. 5:12-14, … When Paul says in verse 12 “because all sinned” he is using what is called the aorist indicative in Greek. This means that it is an action is completed in the past. Therefore, there is a logical implication that we can draw from this. Wayne Grudem in his systematic theology says
“But it was not true that all men had actually committed sinful actions at the time that Paul was writing, because some had not even been born yet, and many others had died in infancy before committing any conscious acts of sin. So Paul must be meaning that when Adam sinned, God considered true that all men sinned in Adam.” …
“The federal headship of Adam presupposes and rests upon his natural headship. He was our natural head before he was our federal head. He was doubtless made our federal representative because he was our natural progenitor, and was so conditioned that his agency must affect our destinies, and because our very nature was on trial (typically if not essentially) in him. Whatever, therefore, of virtue in this explanation the natural headship of Adam may be supposed to contain the federal theory retains.”
… original sin is the teaching that Adam’s first sin brought to us both guilt and a fallen nature. He brought us guilt in that he represented us and when Adam died, we died in him. 1 Cor. 15:22 says, “In Adam all die. In Christ all shall be made alive.” Second, since Adam is our ancient biological father, we inherit his sinful nature.
Wayne Grudem imply, and Matt Slick say, that Adam is our (federal) head because he is the one from whom we inherit sin and death, in other words the source of sin and death. He is also our natural head because he is our progenitor, the source of our existence. Of course he is. Head means source, head mean origin and progenitor and starting point. Adam is our head.
The man (Adam) is also head (source) of the woman. (Eve) And at least some leading complementarians know and admit head means source.