I notice that Jared Wilson is catching flack from both sides for his retraction. Some critics are acting as if he betrayed the cause. Sold us out.
It’s important to keep a sense of perspective. Complementarianism is a hill to die on, but a particular post on complementarianism is not a hill to die on. Complementarianism is a point of principle, but the wording of a post on complementarianism is a tactical and pastoral question.
To back down on the issue of complementarianism would be a moral and theological compromise, but retracting a post is just a judgment call. Complementarianism isn’t defined by the precise words that Jared quoted from Doug Wilson. And there’s no reason why Jared’s entire ministry should be defined by a single post.
In a worldly sense, Rachel Evans scored a win when Jared retracted his post, but that’s a pyrrhic victory. As long as God is on your side, it doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says. There’s no correlation between Rachel’s self-importance and her actual importance.
We need to retain a sense of proportion. Distinguish principle from tactics. Otherwise, we end up like the late Carl McIntire, who broke with Machen, then squandered the rest of his life peeling the onion until nothing was left.