Yesterday on James White’s Dividing Line, I witnessed once again William Lane Craig’s poor understanding of Ephesians 2, “7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,”
Craig, like all Arminians (synergists) says that “this” in “and THIS is not your own doing, it is a gift of God…” cannot refer to faith because “this” is neuter while “faith” is feminine. But so is grace feminine. So then is grace not a gift of God? In this piece I examine why synergists (God offers faith and it’s up to our crass, radically corrupt, depraved swills to decide whether we want to be part of God’s select group) – make a mockery not only of faith but of grace, where the latter can only work if we allow it to. That’s not even getting it back to front. It’s the backslide of the Gospel.
Grammar police (Photo credit: the_munificent_sasquatch)
The term “grammar” has its origin in the Greek word for “letter,” gramma. “Grammar” used to be restricted to language, but no more. There’s now a grammar of all sorts of odds and togs, for example, a “grammar of fashion”: The larger the ‘vocabulary’ of someone’s closet, the more creative and expressive the wearer can be. If you were to attend Stanford University, you could dig into the “grammar of cuisine,” and slaver over such fare as “The structure of British meals.”And, if you are one of those who thinks deeper, there’s the grammar of the genetic code. (“Code” in linguistics is a another name for “grammar”). The reason why we can use the term “grammar” in so many diverse contexts is because the “grammar” of a system is simply the structure of interrelationships that undergirds that system, showing how things…
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