Recently Justin Taylor was asked a question about evangelising to those who are “not chosen by God”. Taylor essentially answers that ultimately we cannot know who the “elect” are until Judgment Day. I’d agree. (Of course we understand how this plays out quite differently, but put that aside for the moment.) So Justin says that “we must obey God’s revealed will, which is to preach the gospel indiscriminately”. Then he adds in brackets, “For the distinction between Gods secret and revealed will, see Deut. 29:29”.
Deuteronomy 29:29 reads:
“The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.”
The problem for me at this point is that Calvinists seem to “know” (gnosis) what those secret things are. If God’s revealed will – as Justin says – is to preach the gospel indiscriminately, why not let your orthodoxy match your orthopraxy?
In other words, why not preach what you practice? And, as Deuteronomy says, leave the secret things to God.