Children are not saved or lost because of my behavior or what Fellowship I belong to. I could be the worst pastor in the world, and have children who will be saved and love the Lord.
I have learned not to criticize a pastor for the behavior of his adult children. When sons and daughters become adults they are responsible for their life style.
Some of the worst parents can have children who become wonderful godly adult Christians.
I believe God by His power and grace and mercy saves His children.
All four of my adult children, now say, “Dad, we are responsible for our decisions.”
Sneers and jibes are par for many, but really, it should be grace and thankfulness for God’s wonderful grace and mercy.
|My Dad: Everette Whisnant, 1904 to 1966, (original photo)|
|My Dad's Son. Me|
Dad and Mom never raised Donald and I and Ellen by rules. Well, it seemed we could not do anything, like going to movies, etc. but then again Dad did not kill me when I did go to one.
The Lord was gracious in saving me when I was very young, God changed my heart when I was but a small boy. As a result, I had a heart toward my Dad and Mom, and I had a spirit of love toward them. I loved to hear my Dad preach and my Mom singing.
The Lord by His sovereign grace applied His love and grace on me, and enabled me to have the kind of attitude and love for Him, the Word of God, the ministry of preaching and teaching the Word, that I have had now for fifty seven years of my life.
I have four adult children, Charity and I tried to raise and teach them right. We tried to live godly before them. And we tried hard to teach them the Word of God and how to live.
But the bottom line is this. Only God can open their hearts to respond to the teaching of Jesus Christ. Only by His sovereign grace can anyone come to love the Lord Jesus Christ and His Words and Work.