So, I was asked today, “Do you believe in individual election for salvation?” After talking with many people, I know that this often comes with much baggage and often a hidden agenda. The context is that this was asked in a very public and online social scene. There were also many other issues that were present. Usually I do not answer in the public forum, usually due to the fact that I do not have enough time to adequately and rightly (best of my understanding) answer, but also because God is most often not glorified in the discussion, thereby causing much confusion to the unbeliever. I usually ask that if they are serious, to contact me privately. Keep in mind, there are various issues at hand. My response is below.
I will try to be brief and hope it makes sense. Difficult to talk about these things over the internet and yet demonstrate true love, humility, grace, and a contrite heart, yet I will do my best. It is equally difficult to respond even to this one point, yet several are in our midst.