Thursday, August 24, 2006

Once Saved, Always Saved? (Part 1)

There’s nothing new, exciting or late-breaking surrounding the debate about eternal security, or the related teaching called “perseverance of the saints,” or, “preservation of the saints.” For many, the debate is old-hat and most that have taken sides are unlikely to change sides.

The debate can be traced back hundreds of years, and is basically rooted in the two major theologies that sprung from the Reformation – Calvinism and Arminianism. Those Protestant churches that have historically been influenced by Calvinism (Presbyterians, Baptists, and others) generally affirm perseverance of the saints or the similar doctrine of eternal security. Those Protestant churches that are more rooted in the Arminian tradition, such as Churches of Christ, Methodists, Pentecostals and others, generally deny such teachings.

Is eternal security an important issue for Christians today? I think so. It’s an important because it influences the way we view God, ourselves, the Bible and our salvation and it impacts our day-to-day walk with God.

This will be the first installment in a series on why I believe all true Christians are eternally secure/preserved and address some of the challenges to this doctrine. If you are a Christian that does not believe you are eternally secure, I encourage you to hang around and consider what I have to say. I too once rejected this teaching, but then found myself quite surprised at how much biblical support there is for it.

Most who oppose eternal security do so based on one or more of the following objections:

·The belief in eternal security leads Christians to take their walk with God less seriously, feeling they can freely sin and still be saved.
· Eternal security violates the concept of “free will.” If eternal security were true, God would, in effect, cause people to remain saved, even if they later decided to reject their faith and/or choose to return to a life of sin.
· Certain passages in the Bible indicate that people can lose their faith/salvation (e.g. 1 Cor 9:25-27; Heb 3:12-14, 6:1-6; 2 Pet 2:20; Rev 3:3-5).

In my next post, I will deal with each of these issues before moving on to an examination and analysis of the scriptures that seem to teach that Christians are eternally secure.

4 Comments:

At 1:08 PM, jerry brazile said...

I agree with one can lose their salvation if they dont keep centered on christ the rest of their lifes. once saved always saved is not right bro.jerry allen brazile evanglist

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous said...

I believe that a person cannot lose his Salvation. I believe Jesus made that clear in John 10:26-30. I choose to believe Christ and I put my trust in His word.

 
At 2:02 PM, Anonymous said...

I was raised to believe in eternal security and I still believe no man can pluck us out of His hand but I believe we have a free choice so we can JUMP back out if we choose to regress. God isn't going to hold us to it if we don't want to go. Of course the argument is "were we really saved in the first place?" The seed fell on rocky soil and took root but can be snuffed out. I believe that is why there are so many verses that say those who endure to the end shall be saved. The gate is narrow and the path is also narrow. We can enter but we need to stay on the narrow path being obedient to God's word...not for salvation by works but because we are saved people and others can inspect our fruit by what we produce (works). After all, it's impossible to love our enemy and do a host of other things Jesus calls us to do unless we have HIS power living WITHIN us...that's the manifestation of the fruit. If we can't do it, then we may not be His. I'm also glad that He's the only one who knows our heart. He's the ultimate fruit inspector.

I think many have been deceived into believing they are saved without the actual power within to live and have the changed life...the reason He said many will say, "Lord, Lord" and I will say, "Depart from me, I never knew you."

 
At 7:38 PM, Anonymous said...

Once saved always saved is not true. I really don't unserstand how anyone in their right mind can believe that. In my opinion a person that believes that wants their cake and eat it too. God is a merciful and just God but all of his promises are conditional. We have to live according to God's pricipals in order to receive a just reward. Without holiness no man shall see the Lord. Through grace we are saved but sin seperates us from God. Blatent sin without repentance will seperate us from Christ. I know that he is always waiting to receive us back; we turn our backs on him. Eventually sin will cause us to be turned over to a reprobate mind. There has to be punishment for lives filled with sin. Jeremiah 30:11

 

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