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Philippians 2 contradicts the idea that the Son is eternally subordinate to the Father

The false doctrine that God the Son eternally submits to God the Father is known as ESS (Eternal Submission of the Son, or Eternal Subordination of the Son). This false teaching has sometimes been applied to coerce women to submit to their abusive husbands. ESS has been soundly refuted by many eminent theologians and pastors. …

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Is the husband’s role parallel to that of God the Father, and the wife’s role parallel to that of God the Son?

(1 Corinthians 11:3) But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Professor Wayne Grudem interprets 1 Corinthians 11:3 as follows: just as the Father has authority over the Son in the Trinity, so the …

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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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