Good morning brother Hamilton,
I am a 23 year old male. Recently I have been doing a lot of research and searching of the Scriptures. I had stumbled upon scriptures, like Romans 9, and eventually ended up taking the stance of predestination and faith alone. It was not that I wanted to, but I did not know enough Scripture to even begin to refute it. Upon trying to combat the idea that God predestined some men to hell, I brought it to my friend, and he just overwhelmed me with verses, so I gave into it. Total depravity of men, orginal sin, faith only and baptism wasn't necessary for salvation.
A long time friend of mine began reaching out to me and challenged those beliefs. He and I butted heads several times, but he slowly convinced me to look into things again. He gave me your web site and I spent literally an entire night searching through it. I simply could not sleep. One of the biggest blessings I received from this site was the article addressing Romans 9. Previously, I had seen many debates on it, mainly from a man named James White. Every man he debated over the passage danced around the text. They were afraid of it and could not give a proper defense, but I was immediately amazed as I saw you go through Scripture and tear it down line by line, verse by verse! A proper exegesis of the text with supporting Scripture to back it up. Once it was clear to me what Romans 9 didn't say, I began digging through other articles and other erronious teachings came crashing down.
Yesterday morning I was baptized for the forgiveness of my sins. I thank you for being a light in my wall, and I hope to continue to use your web site as a tool throughout this journey.
Wow! I'm so glad that you willing to dig for yourself through the Scriptures and analyze people's points. It reminds me of those in Berea, "Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11). Welcome to the brotherhood of Christ!