How not to be a heretic – be teachable

One of the people who has been right at the centre of the EFS controversy has been Wayne Grudem. When the charge of heresy is made it is primarily targeted against Grudem and Bruce Ware. This is understandable because I have to admit that out of the “EFS” proponents, it has been their language thatContinue reading “How not to be a heretic – be teachable”

How not to be a heretic – preaching the negatives

One well known preacher allegedly once said that if we are to preach the Gospel properly, so that it’s full force is heard, then we are likely to be accused of being anti-nominans.  An anti-nomian (against law) is someone who believes and teaches that the law only applied before Christ, we are now under graceContinue reading “How not to be a heretic – preaching the negatives”

The court for determining heresy is the court of Scripture

Since my last article on the difference between heresy and error I’ve had some push back. The question has come “how do we decide if it’s error or heresy?” It’s been suggested that the risk is that it becomes my opinion against someone else’s. Don’t worry though because my Presbyterian friends have offered a solution.Continue reading “The court for determining heresy is the court of Scripture”

No! Error isn’t always heresy

I’ve recently revisited the “EFS/ESS” controversy, a theological disagreement about how we talk about the Father and the Son in Trinitarian doctrine.  As I mentioned in my previous article, some people have been quick to use the “H word” accusing their interlocutors of falling into heresy.  Now, charging people with heresy is a serious thing.Continue reading “No! Error isn’t always heresy”

EFS/ESS – revisiting a recent Trinitarian controversy

Every so often, a little debate about the Trinity and specifically about the relationship of the Father to the Son rears its head again. You may have heard it referred to as either The Eternal Subordination of the Son” (ESS)  or “Eternal Functional Subordination” (EFS). The debate got particularly heated back in 2016, people startedContinue reading “EFS/ESS – revisiting a recent Trinitarian controversy”

The obedient son

Does The Son of God submit to and obey his Father? Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing some articles about the relationship between The Father and the Son and responding to a particular controversy. The controversy is over whether or not The Son submits to The Father in eternity. Some Christians believe thatContinue reading “The obedient son”

How should we talk about the Father and the Son (concluding thoughts 2)

In yesterday’s post I said that I believed that it is possible to make application from our Doctrine of the Trinity to life now.  We should do it cautiously and carefully. However, it is possible to do so all the same. If we see that the incarnation reveals the Son relating to his Father inContinue reading “How should we talk about the Father and the Son (concluding thoughts 2)”

How should we talk about the Father and Son (concluding thoughts part 1)

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been revisiting the controversy around the Eternal Functional Subordination debate.  In this article, I want to sum up and share my own position and conclusion on the topic. I will then follow this up by asking the question “Can we make any application from the relations within the TrinityContinue reading “How should we talk about the Father and Son (concluding thoughts part 1)”

Eternal Generation and the EFS debate

In what way is Christ “God’s Son”?  We are talking specifically about his divine nature here because he is also “son of God” by virtue of his human nature just as Luke describes Adam as God’s Son.  John 3:16 describes Jesus as God’s “only begotten son.” It seems that Arians who did not regard JesusContinue reading “Eternal Generation and the EFS debate”

Gethsemane and The Father – Son relationship

I would now like to revisit Matthew 26 and Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. You will recall from earlier posts that the events here are central to our discussion about how the Son relates to the Father.  Orthodox Christology asserts that because Jesus is one person with two natures and that he isContinue reading “Gethsemane and The Father – Son relationship”