God Has Chosen you from the Beginning – Election Podcast

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Hello and welcome to our podcast on the Election!

Week 3 of the Election Podcast (Chosen You!)

Today we are in week three of our special podcast on the decree of election and Calvinism.

The key takeaway of the reading today in John MacArthur’s “Biblical Doctrine” book is the reference to 2 Thess. 2:13:

But we should always give thanks to God for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and faith in the truth. – 2 Thessalonians 2:13

An amazing statement that God has chosen us from the beginning. This sentiment was also discussed in last week’s Podcast.

The thought that God chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit is both amazing and reassuring. We were chosen to be apart of God’s elect from the beginning of time. We have been saved by no working of our own. The saving grace that has saved us is solely from the work of God.

A Beautiful Bride to Christ

electionI also discuss today the importance of being a beautiful Bride of Christ. The Church today is the Bride. We need to strive to be a beautiful and Holy Bride to Christ as He has saved us.

We cannot simply begin to understand or grasp why Jesus Christ died for us and bore the wrath of God. Jesus Christ took the punishment. Jesus Christ has saved us through His love. Why would we not want to strive to be a great Bride of Christ?

We must diligently study and be stewards of the Holy Bible. The Holy Spirit flows through us and we must continue to study the Scriptures for God’s Will. I am not sure of the Will God intends to do through me, but I can take comfort in knowing that I am apart of His Elect!

God bless

 

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Differing on Biblical Topics with Loved Ones

gpaThe bond between a grandson and grandfather is something unlike anything else on earth. I have been blessed with having two grandpas that I dearly respect and had great relationships with.

My one grandfather died last year and was your typical blue-collar GM worker. He loved the unions, American jobs, and especially his Budweiser. I remember his shop on the farm having an Obama yard sign and a Trump yard sign next to each other, symbolizing he voted either Union or NRA and never swayed.

Loyalty to those two groups was his strongest suit. His commitment to his grand kids was also very impressive and honorable. He was with me when I shot my first deer on his property and taught me everything I know about the outdoors. We had a great relationship.

He died on my sister’s wedding day. Being the first death of a loved one for me I found it extremely hard to deal with. Why would God choose to take him on my sister’s wedding day? He sat in his Lay-Z-Boy to take a nap after he took his friend out hunting but never woke up. Being upset at first, I questioned why God would take him so young and healthy, out of nowhere.

But I have grown to think that I would want to go out just the same way! I have seen way too many relatives suffer for years before their painful death and it saddens me to my core. What a blessing it would be to go out during your morning nap!

My grandfather and I (that is still alive) have a very special relationship. Not only do I consider him my best friend, but he is also my mentor with my faith. No man I have ever met reads his Bible more than my grandfather. He can recite passages and have an in depth conversation about any topic in the Bible… which leads me to my blog posting today. How do you lovingly disagree on Biblical topics that you are both so passionate about? How do you lovingly disagree with your Biblical mentor and loved one?

ken hammI am passionate about the young earth theory, but he holds to the gap theory. Not only are we both strong in our beliefs on this, but we are both educated on the subject. I am obviously not nearly as educated as my grandfather, but I can hold my own debating the age of the Earth.

But the biggest disagreement we have is on salvation. I believe in once saved always saved, but he holds to being able to lose your salvation. I believe in predestination but he believes in free will. Calvinism v Arminianism is the greatest theological debate and destroys friendships and families! How do I lovingly disagree with my grandfather?angry daffy duck GIF by Looney Tunes

What an amazing God we worship where we can have so many theological debates and disagreements, but still revolve around the same gospel. We both believe that Jesus Christ died and rose for our sins so that we may be saved and have an eternal life in heaven with God. We both believe that God is three in one; God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt in my mind that we will both live our eternities in heaven with our Lord and Savior.

mac sprouThese disagreements can turn south very quickly. We are both determined that we are right and the other is wrong. I love and care deeply for my grandfather, but these disagreements hurt my heart greatly.

I have posted a video link below to a John MacArthur, R.C. Sproul discussion. They are both titans of the modern expository, evangelical movement that has helped shape my views and Biblical viewpoints. I respect both of these men and they had a great, loving relationship. They greatly disagreed on the topic of infant baptism. Sproul agreed, MacArthur disagreed.

 

God bless

 

My Experiences Coming Out…

I remember hinting at my views and feelings to my loved ones for weeks and months on this topic… my new lifestyle. I had been feeling this way for quite some time, rather most of my life, but had never mustered up the courage to discuss it with any one. I was never educated enough on the subject to back up my beliefs and to counter the arguments that would inevitably come my way.

I would hint at it to my grandpa and his response was always silence. He wanted to debate with me but figured it was not a big enough deal to cause a fuss. I have been hinting at this view towards my wife for quite some time to soften the blow for when I finally come out and she is finally warming up to the idea. I remember telling my friend at work and her response was, “Zach, you need to stay away from false teachers”.

My subtle hints grew into more profound and boisterous statements. “Isn’t it crazy that God knew us before we were in our mother’s womb?” and “Only God knows what will come of our life” were easy statements to warm up my loved ones for the bomb I was about to drop.

I am coming out as a Calvinist.

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My love for Billy Graham while I was falsely converted left me hungry and thirsty for more knowledge and depth in my sermons that I would listen to on podcasts or watch via YouTube. I started out with Wretched Radio, which opened my eyes to a whole slue of various Calvinist pastors. R.C. Sproul turned to John MacArthur, which turned to Paul Washer, which then turned to David Platt and Voddie Baucham. My eyes had been opened to all that I had grown up around. Calvinists were not scary as we hear from our pastors growing up or podcasts like Soteriology 101.

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The sinner’s prayer has turned into my enemy and “Jesus sized hole in your heart” sermons have made my skin crawl. I can now back up my viewpoint as to the election and why that does not lead down to not having to evangelize. My pastor is very against Calvinism, but I think eventually I can hold my own in a discussion.

Coming out is not as difficult as I had once imagined. I think people are staying away form discussing it with me because they already assume I am ready for the arguments. It’s like arguing with a Mormon, they already know all of the questions you are going to ask, so what is the point.

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After the nightmare that ensued when my wife and I came out as anti-vaxxers and would not be vaccinating our child, I think I can handle anything.

If you are already inflamed, just add that I voted for Donald Trump to send you over the edge.

God bless

Episode 22 – Joel Osteen, Starbucks, and Franklin Graham

Click Here to Listen to Episode 22!

 

Hello and welcome to the pod!

 

-Today we start out by discussing Joel Osteen and the recent article from PJMedia. This article is highlighting how Lakewood Church brings in 90 MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE. I break down the yearly budget on how they spend their 90M and discuss how awful it is on how they spend some of their money. This leads me to the recent blog post by Dr. John MacArthur and his discussion on how important it is to hold these leaders accountable by studying the word for ourselves.

 

-Howard Shultz has left Starbucks and is believed to be headed on the campaign trail for 2020. Was he fired or did he resign? We discuss.

 

-Is it okay for Franklin Graham to be promoting a style of activism from the pulpit? Should we separate politics from our churches?

 

God bless!