Amazing Grace

Amazing Grace! How Sweet the Sound

Amazing Grace! Saved a Wretch Like me

The most popular hymn in history, Amazing Grace, has such a deep, profound meaning. This hymn has stood the test of time as it has gone toe to toe against modern “worship” music. The deep, meaningful lyrics of this amazing hymn put any new worship song to utter shame.

Amazing Grace has grasped the hearts of millions of Christians since it was penned.

But why?

Amazing Grace is God-centered. The only discussion of self in the hymn is focused on our wretched souls.

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

Through many dangers, toils and snares,
I have already come;
’Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.

The Lord has promised good to me,
His Word my hope secures;
He will my Shield and Portion be,
As long as life endures.

Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess, within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.

The earth shall soon dissolve like snow,
The sun forbear to shine;
But God, who called me here below,
Will be forever mine.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

The End of Days

I believe that it is only a matter of time until Christ comes back in the Second Coming. As this hymn states, “The earth shall soon dissolve like snow, the sun forbear to shine”.

Although we do not know the exact date of the rapture, it is evident that it will be soon. And although this hymn was written decades ago, this verse is more evident than ever before.

My Wretched Soul

The wicked and wretched soul that I possess should not have any hope for eternal salvation. My soul should be damned to hell for all of eternity for the sins that I have committed. I have sinned against my Savior, who bear the wrath of the Father on my behalf. Christ was the propitiation for my sin. He bore the wrath so that I may have eternal life!

The Final Verse

The most meaningful verse of this hymn comes at the very end.

When we’ve been there ten thousand years,
Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we’d first begun.

Even in ten thousand years we will be singing God’s praise just as we had first arrived. What an amazing thought! I will spend eternity worshiping and praising my Savior Jesus Christ. The Lord of lords. The King of kings!

God bless

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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