The interview was done in 2006, and at the time, Grudem was writing heavily about the egalitarian and feminist movements in the churches. I don't want to debate that particular issue right now. Instead, something that drew my attention was his faith that God's people eventually are convinced of his truth and structure their lives by it. You see, liberal theology has been attacking the church seemingly since its foundation. Yet throughout history, the efforts of faithful men have proven victorious in calling the church to stand firm on each and every issue. God's Truth Prevails. Listen to what Grudem had to say:
Yes, I have great confidence that this issue will eventually be resolved, and that the vast majority of God’s people who take the Bible as the Word of God will adopt and practice a complementarian position, and will put it in their statements of faith. I am thankful that out of this controversy has come a greater appreciation for women’s gifts and wisdom, and a greater openness to many more ministries for women, but the church will still, by and large, be complementarian until Christ returns. Jesus Christ has not given up on His church, and He has not abandoned it. He is still building His church, and He is purifying it, “so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.”1
What I do want to focus on is this: God's Truth Prevails. So many times in church history we see the same liberal (speaking theologically here) attacks come at us over and over again. What prominence do those positions hold any longer? By and large those movements have become irrelevant and obsolete. Our labors have not been in vain, and they will not be in vain. Jesus said "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me." Jesus' sheep recognize his voice and truth and they will follow him. It is a refreshing and encouraging thought. Grudem continues:
There have been many doctrinal controversies in the history of the church, and God in His providence always eventually guides the vast majority of the people who sincerely believe the Bible to the right conclusion. Then those who hold the wrong position eventually are marginalized, their churches lose God’s blessing, and they then decline or even close. It will be that way in this controversy as well, although it may take some time, and before it is resolved many churches will adopt a feminist position, to the detriment of many marriages and ministries along the way. (I was just told last week of a complementarian church in a major American city that hired an egalitarian pastor; [they] gave in to his demands that all church offices be open to women, and he took the church from 2500 people on Sunday to under 400 today. I think we will see that more and more, though there will be temporary exceptions from time to time.)2
Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel? "Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.” But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Rom 11:2-4
1 Grudem, Wayne. "INTERVIEW – Wayne Grudem, Part Eight – What Does the Future Hold for the Church?" patheos.com. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2006/12/interview-wayne-grudem-part-eight-what-does-the-future-hold-for-the-church/(accessed 8/24/14).