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I’m troubled by two words that I sometimes see coupled together when I read different books. For instance, from Howard Hendricks great little book Teaching to Change Lives, I read,

“He wants to work through you but He can’t until He works in you…”

p. 29 of the 1987 edition from Multnomah

Eugene Peterson makes me cringe when he interprets Paul’s words to the Corinthians as,

“If any one of you thinks God has something for you to say or has inspired you to do something, pay close attention to what I have written. This is the way the Master wants it. If you won’t play by these rules, God can’t use you. Sorry.”

Scripture declares,

“I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?”

Other than “God can’t sin” and “God can’t change” should the words ‘God’ and ‘can’t’ ever be coupled together in any statement?

Your thoughts?