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Kennedy remembered for unwavering commitment to biblical gender roles

September 10, 2007

With the Sept. 5 death of D. James Kennedy, complementarians have lost a stalwart supporter and friend.

With the Sept. 5 death of D. James Kennedy, complementarians have lost a stalwart supporter and friend.

The longtime pastor and author died last week from ongoing complications that stemmed from a heart attack he suffered on Dec. 28. Kennedy was a longtime member of the board of reference for The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW).

CBMW Executive Director David Kotter pointed out that one of Kennedy’s most obvious commitments to biblical gender roles in the home and church was in his founding of Knox Theological Seminary, an institution that is officially and unabashedly complementarian.

"CBMW is saddened to lose another board of reference member, Dr. James Kennedy, but rejoice that he now enjoys the presence of the Savior whom he dearly loved," Kotter said.

"Kennedy was unswerving in his commitment to biblical orthodoxy and unflinching in his clear teaching on gender roles in the home and in the church. His legacy will endure in many lives touched by his ministry. This legacy also included the strong affirmation of complementarianism espoused at Knox Theological Seminary, which Kennedy founded in 1989 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida."

Knox Seminary is a division of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, a congregation that Kennedy founded in 1960 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. In both its teaching and its hiring practices, Knox is committed to the traditional biblical view of gender roles.

CBMW interviewed R. Fowler White of Knox Theological seminary on the school’s views on gender.

Kennedy is the third member of CBMW’s board of reference to die this year. Harold O.J. Brown died on July 9 and Jerry Falwell died on May 15.

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