They call for a wife to be obedient to her head, (her husband).Some Christian authorities used to permit polygamy (specifically polygyny) in the past, but this practice, besides being illegal in Western cultures, is now considered to be out of the Christian mainstream and continues to be practiced only by fringe fundamentalist sects.Protestants consider it to be sacred, holy, and central to the community of faith.Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians consider marriage a Sacrament.The Roman law of Manus gave the husband nearly absolute autocratic power over his wife, including life and death.The law of Patria Potestas (Latin for "Rule of the Fathers") gave a husband equally severe power over his children and slaves. Crouch concludes that the early Christians found in Hellenistic Judaism a code which they adapted and Christianized.They interpret that verse to mean that God the father is the authoritative head over the Son, and in turn Jesus is the authoritative head over the church, not simply its source.
Christians seek to uphold the seriousness of wedding vows.In Christian marriage, the union between a man and a woman is instituted and ordained by God as the lifelong relationship between one man as husband, and one woman as wife.The Apostle Paul gave a similar directive when he wrote, "Let marriage be held in honour among all".This view makes the husband the “ruler” over "his" wife and “his” household.Their organization's first tenet is that "God reveals Himself as masculine, not feminine.Marriage is the legally or formally recognized intimate and complementing union of two people as spousal partners in a personal relationship (historically and in most jurisdictions specifically a union between a man and a woman).The basic elements of a marriage are: (1) the parties' legal ability to marry each other, (2) mutual consent of the parties, and (3) a marriage contract as required by law.The importance of the meaning of "head" as used by the Apostle Paul is pivotal in the conflict between the Complementarian position and the Egalitarian view.The word Paul used for "head", transliterated from Greek, is kephalē."There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." According to this principle, there can be no moral or theological justification for permanently granting or denying status, privilege, or prerogative solely on the basis of a person's race, class, or gender. Christian Complementarians prescribe husband-headship—a male-led hierarchy. This view's core beliefs call for a husband’s “loving, humble headship" and the wife’s "intelligent, willing submission" to his headship.Without necessarily using the term "obey", they believe women have "different but complementary roles and responsibilities in marriage". Biblical patriarchy, though not at all popular among mainstream Christians, prescribes a strict male-dominant hierarchy.