I'm sure most of you have noticed over the years how many discussions on any variety of topics turns into C v A debates. I have to admit that my view of election/predestination effects almost every other issue I can think of. Theistic Determinism IS my world view. I find myself lately trimming my words so as not to spur a C v A debate. For example, the thread on the Lord's return "Is this being selfish" over in the general forum. I don't want to hijack the discussion into a C v A debate, but all I can think about is how the doctrine of God's Sovereignty has changed my outlook as it pertains to the second coming. Just as Piper talks about being "satisfied with Christ" being the ultimate expression of praise, I find myself completelly satisfied with the second coming because I know that not one single elect child of God will "miss out", and for myself, I know without any reservation that I will not "miss out" on anything that God has purposed for me. I get overwhelming comfort from knowing this. Know what I mean?