Then, last night, I saw the same guy. He's a white guy, looks in his 40s, and he was speaking in front of a church and sometimes on the beach. He was droning on and on again -- he claims to be neither a Calvinist nor an Arminianist, and he agrees with something called the "Westminster Confession" or something or other. As a former Methodist, I should probably know this, but I don't.
Anyway, this guy says essentially God just picks the saved and damned for his own reasons, and nothing anyone does has any role in God's decision. Then the guy keeps talking about what a blessing this teaching is.
Anyone know who he is, is he considered serious in protestant circles, and why this doctrine of election is so important? On first glance, the doctrine of election smacks of mind-reading God. YMMV.