Because the Calvinistic system affirms that God is willing to unchangeably decree and use self-deceived individuals to be objects of divine wrath in order to bring Himself more glory, it is impossible for any consistent Calvinist to be certain that he or she is not one chosen for this ignoble purposes.
Trace the trajectory of evangelicalism in America and it seems to flourish with the youthful energy and vision of the North Carolina evangelist. As Dr. Graham’s health and drive waned in his late years—so has the American church.
The truth is that what God offers the world through the body of Christ is more valuable than anything at Wal-mart. It didn’t come at “everyday low prices” but Christ died to purchase it…
I am not being divisive. I am being forgotten, marginalized and alienated. This convention wants my money, or at least the money of my church, but it appears unwilling to give significant “face time” to leaders, authors, speakers and resources that support and strengthen Southern Baptists with convictions like mine.
Lately, my grandson has stopped sleeping through the night. He gets up at three in the morning and walks around the house saying, “Wake up, wake up,” checking to see who else is awake.