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On the podcast today I am discussing the recent revelation regarding my grandfather and his lifestyle. He was a “functional” alcoholic. This statement hit me like a sack of potatoes as I was sitting with my mother. This man that I had looked up to for so long was battling a personal demon that no one knew about. The destructive lifestyle permeated all aspects of our family and we had not a clue. Can I find comfort in the Decree of Election?
‘When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, But when the wicked rise, men hide themselves. He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, But he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion.’ – Proverbs 28:12-13
My grandfather hid this sin for the entire time that I was alive. What do I do with this newfound information? How do I find comfort in being one of the elect, even if my grandfather might not be among us?
‘Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry. For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, ‘ – Colossians 3:5-6
I take comfort in the fact that he regularly attended church. Although this does not guarantee your salvation, it does give me hope that he knew the Truth. I pray that he repented of his sin before his death and that he trusted Jesus in helping him break free.
‘Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord; ‘ – Acts 3:19
In today’s podcast we are continuing our discussion on the decree of election. We are reading out of Dr. John MacArthur’s Biblical Doctrine book. Today we are reading from pg 494-496. If you want to listen to our previous decree of election podcast, click here.