Is Salvific Grace is better than Common Grace? I think it is, both from receiver’s perspective and God’s. Therefore, I haven’t just abandoned Common Grace, I simply think God is doing something much greater than “making it rain on the righteous & the wicked”. I think God created us out of love and has never stopped loving anyone, and never will.
Sorry but General Reconciliation to me seems like a play on words, it’s like the government saying we’ve achieved Reconciliation with the Aborigines but we will never help them with anything and we will never say sorry about anything and we will never acknowledge them anywhere. In normal English usage reconciliation is a positive term, usually involving forgiveness and people working cooperatively to rebuilt relationships. General Reconciliation seems to be purely negative for one party, at best subjugation. I don’t deny ultimately God is, and always will be, in control of everything, without being considered morally responsible for it. The Prodigal Son’s father wasn’t considered morally responsible for the son’s rebellion.
Sounds like we really need to talk this over, as I know it’s an issue for you and I’d love to be able to explain this to you better. Firstly not all activity is for the salvation of people. When the Prodigal Son says to the Father, “Give me my inheritance now!”, that wasn’t an action of God for his salvation, that was a deliberate, undesirable act of rebellion & sin, away from God. The Prodigal Son continues to rebel & sin. The Father would’ve preferred the son to have returned much sooner. I think the Father was glad the son learned the essential lesson (probably wished the older brother would too, but still wouldn’t want the son to rebel).
The Prodigal Son’s father allowed the son to leave, God allowed us to leave. The Prodigal Son sinned, we all have sinned. The father forgave the son, our Father forgave all of us. If the Prodigal Son had 1000 brothers who also rebelled and left, then returned, it wouldn’t be a problem if the father forgave each one of them. Like just because we have billions of brothers, doesn’t mean God can’t or won’t forgive them all. The father didn’t cause the son’s rebellion, God didn’t cause ours.
Sorry I don’t know what you mean by “(Residual corruption in the elect is different to the rebellion of the reprobate, unless you believe in “Sinless perfectionism.”)”