Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton paid a campaign visit to Montgomery this past weekend and spent Sunday preaching in several churches in the area. Clinton began her "Lord's Day" at Lakeside Presbyterian Church where the Senator spoke to the congregation from Romans 8:29-30.
"It says here that 'those whom he foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son'" said Clinton. "What we have here is an undeniable statement of sovereignty. To 'foreknow' here does not merely mean to look ahead in time and see what is going to happen. God did not make his choice of us because he knew that we would choose him, but because he set his love upon his elect from all eternity."
Clinton's sermon went almost an hour during which time she further exegeted the passage from Romans at times referencing others whom she admired.
"I count the great 19th-century Baptist preacher C.H. Spurgeon to be one of my greatest influences" said Clinton. "And in regards to this passage he states 'We are not to be passive like wood or marble; we are to be prayerful, watchful, fervent, diligent, obedient, earnest, and believing, but still the work is God's.' And we find this to be wholly true. Predestination doesn't mean we become idle, but active!"
After her sermon Clinton closed the service by leading the congregation in the singing of "Holy, Holy, Holy." She remained around after the service to talk to people answering their questions about doctrinal matters.
"If one wants to better understand the Bible one first must pray" she said. "But we also have wonderful resources out there to draw from in our understanding of Scripture. Some of my personal favorites are John Owen, Spurgeon and Calvin. But I also recommend reading biographies too. I was inspired by the life of George Muller in my early days."
Clinton went on to say that she was not overly concerned about the upcoming presidential election in 2008.
"If I win I win, and if I lose I lose. While I'm pressing on with hopes of winning I'm not going to let it consume my life. I've got other things lined up for next year, and at the top of that list is speaking at the Together for the Gospel conference. I'm really looking forward to meeting Al Mohler. I've been a great admirer of his for some time."