An alcholic goes to the physician to get a check-up and is diagnosed as possibly having cirrhosis of the liver. After a few more initial tests, it is determined that it is not the case. In the meantime, the alcholic is mildly concerned about dying and continues to drink.
The tests come back clean, and the alcoholic presumes that it is a gift of some sort from God. The alcoholic is relieved, but continues to drink, and is unaware of the grace that was given to him. They claim it was their own faith (that was directed through prayers to God) that brought about the outcome, thanks God, has a few drinks to celebrate the good news and continues on committing the sin of drunkeness and all the negative acts it produces.
Is this not a gross presumption of God’s Grace? What part of “faith” is the individual misunderstanding? There is also a great deal of evidence that suggests a severe “spiritual ignorance” in the individual.
I could use some Church references and scriptual citations.