God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone from heaven, for their iniquities and had it not been for electing grace, Israel would have been like the inhabitants of these cities for wickedness; and the case would have been the same with us and with the whole world, had it not been for God’s act of election, choosing some to holiness here, and happiness hereafter. The decree of election is so far from being a door to licentiousness, that it is the true spring and source of all real holiness, that has been, or is in the world; and had it not been for this, there would have been no such thing as holiness in the world; and consequently not only Judea, but the whole world, were it not for this, must have been long before now, like Sodom and Gomorrah, in their punishment. – John Gill
Passage: Romans 9:27-29
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