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You do realize that Alford is not divine, right? And he would accuse you of heresy and demand your removal from the Christian Church, right?

Secondly, your argument about John’s use of the demonstrative pronoun is fallacious. All I have to do is show that John indeed used the pronoun in exactly the sort of construction that supports Wallace’s understanding once and your entire position is meaningless.

Finally, the syntactical support for a trinitarian view of 1 Jn. 5:20 is much stronger than the alternative. Heretics are always playing with language and pointing out alternative uses, even if those uses represent the smallest possibility. That seems to be enough for them.

Jaco, you have argued with enough orthodox Christians on the doctrine of the trinity to know where we stand. God’s word instructs me NOT to engage in endless debates and disputes, and He tells me not to keep casting my perils before the swine. You are a wolf in sheeps clothing if you deny the divinity of Jesus Christ. I have no interest in engaging in yet one more debate at this time. I am simply too busy. I will pray for you.