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Eternal Subordination of the Son (ESS) Digest

Classic trinitarian theology says that the Father is unbegotten, the Son is begotten of the Father, and the Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son. But there are some influential people in the visible church who maintain that there is no Holy Trinity without the order of authority and submission. These people believe that in …

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Jesus cannot be eternally subordinate to the Father and still be Lord – Ps Sam Powell

There is teaching that has taking the Reformed world by storm.  It was first popularized by Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, and then promoted by the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, founded by Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, and John Piper.  The doctrine being promoted has since taken off.  It is called “The eternal subordination of the …

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Is the eternal Father/Son relationship a relationship of authority/submission? – Fred Sanders

The only image of the immanent Trinity is the economic Trinity. It is the economic Trinity which should serve as the model of any mimetic ethic we might undertake.  Is relationship between the eternal son and the eternal father egalitarian? or complementarian? No. It’s weirder than that. It turns on the eternal generation of the …

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Complementarity Without Subordination: What Does it Look Like?

Complementarianism can in itself be a fine expression of Biblical headship, so long as it is not imbued with the false teaching of ESS and its implications. Brad Mason, Complementarity Without Subordination  It’s an interesting thing to contemplate. What if complementarians eradicated the doctrine of ESS from their platform? What if the complementarian camp wrested ESS out …

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Are there strong parallels between Mormonism, Islam, and ESS?

In the recent posts on ACFJ regarding Wayne Grudem, Bruce Ware, women, authority, etc.,  I kept thinking about the parallel and false doctrines in Mormonism and Islam. My parents were both born & raised in the state of Utah, which is largely Mormon, and I know firsthand the damage of patriarchal politics in family, society and …

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The Meaning of Marriage by Tim & Kathy Keller — a review by Avid Reader

What I appreciated most about this book is the author’s deep affection for his wife. Reading through this book, you can tell that they really do cherish each other. It’s refreshing to hear a Pastor honor his wife’s talents while admitting how much he needs her. Timothy Keller writes on page 163, “To my wife, …

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