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Barbara Roberts responds to Wayne Grudem’s paper on divorce for abuse

Wayne Grudem used to say there were only two biblically-sanctioned grounds for divorce: adultery and desertion by an unbeliever (based on Matt. 19:9 and 1 Cor. 7:15). His counsel for abuse was to provide protection, church discipline, possible separation, but not divorce.¹ He has now had changed his mind. Let me quote from his paper …

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Wayne Grudem’s change of mind on divorce for abuse falls short

Wayne Grudem has changed his mind on divorce. I’m glad Wayne Grudem has changed his mind but his change of mind doesn’t go far enough. His new position still falls short because he implies victims can only divorce if church leaders permit it doesn’t take into account how easily church leaders are snowed by abusers …

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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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