On Facebook group GodisOpen, Nathan responds to Grudem’s stance that if God had freedom then God could become evil:
I remember when I first read this in Grudem’s Systematic Theology. It made me feel ill.
What he is saying is that God can’t be trusted with freedom. We take comfort, not in God’s proven character, but in his inability to choose evil.
Imagine a man becomes paralyzed from the neck down, and his wife says to him how trustworthy he is. She brags of her confidence that he will never strike or abuse her because he is utterly unable to.
How will this make the husband feel? Appreciated? No. He would feel the same way God does when we believe He is good to us only because He has no other choice…
Grieved in His heart