Puritan Board Senior
Rich,I think that when we focus on the theological topics too much it can have a tendency to distract us from the text or the thrust of the argument that a writer of Scripture is making.
Yes, I agree. Though I'm a strong advocate for the sufficient/efficient distinction, I'm not overly concerned when Reformed people disagree.
Too often this distinction is labeled Amyraldianism. Our confessions either a) don't affirm or reject it (Westminster Standards) or b) positively affirm it (Heidelberg and Dort).
I think if the Reformed more readily affirmed the distinction, Tulip's "L" might be more accessible to those who have reservations, since scripture uses universal language and does not contain explicit language that Christ did not for some.
I understand this is not acceptable to many on this board, but regardless, it has a confessional precedent that should not be ignored.