In The Prophecy of Jeremiah (New York: Revell, 1931), G. Campbell Morgan demonstrated how a Bible teacher, the foremost Evangelical expositor of his generation, and speaking over sixty years ago, handled a text relating to the role of women in Christian service.
‘The first responsibility of womanhood is that women should discover their personal rights in God, should realize that they bear to God a relationship which man does not affect, nor can; that they have a right of access to God, for the realization of that which they are in themselves, without the interference of man in any way.’
I wish, nearly 80 years on, women and men in our churches could approach the issue with the same bold grasp of the key Gospel principles of freedom and grown-upness in Christ. And that women in our Scottish churches were allowed to 'realise that which they are in themselves before God', and to share fully and frutifully in all the ministry and ministries of the Church of Jesus Christ.
The passage is on pages 273-4. It was brought to my attention by my friend Kate Durie years ago....and it confirmed Campbell Morgan in my personal pantheon of Evangelicalism's most attractive and biblically articulate writers.