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The Truth about Eternal Security


Under the guise of honoring the finished work of Christ on the cross, some teachers lead many to believe that once a person is in grace, he will always be in grace, regardless of how much he sins thereafter. Such teachings masquerade under various names, and are believed by a great many people because they seem plausible; and furthermore they are sometimes championed by Bible scholars of national or world-wide reputation. Regrettably, for too many people the teaching of eternal security becomes eternal insecurity for they lapse into a sinning-saint religion which will truly bring them disappointments on Judgment Day. Some people accept the arguments because of ignorance of the full scope of Scriptures on the subject, while there are no doubt others who, being willfully blind, praise it because they want an excuse to sin. That there is a true sense in which every believer can have "everlasting life," and be "eternally secure" cannot be denied - for they are possible whenever God's conditions are met. The following points will be discussed below:

I. What is the Question Involved in the Teaching of Unconditional Security?

The foremost question involved in the doctrine of the Christian's eternal security is: On whom does the responsibility rest to bring about this coveted state? To this we may add: finder what conditions, if any, may it be obtained? Are there "any strings attached" as we would commonly say? Could it be unconditional-or is there a possibility that somewhere in the Bible, we are able to find conditions that belong to the doctrine as well as the blessings of security forever?

The Bible does teach conditional eternal security which is the only kind of security a sane man can expect and a just God can tolerate and promise. But to teach an unconditional eternal security and maintain this position in the face of overwhelming scriptural authority to the contrary is to make God the most unjust tyrant of the universe To do so, one must manufacture and maintain many other false doctrines to support the sinking-sand foundation of the main false doctrine. One must twist, contort, misinterpret, misapply, take from, and add to many Scriptures to support such teaching.

Every Bible doctrine should be measured by plain facts of Scripture and by plain principles and true examples of life; not by erroneously interpreting a few texts in total disregard of other Scriptures on the same subject. It is vital for one to get God's thought on the subject as a whole as expressed in all Scripture. The devil has always used Scripture to cloak his teachings, and he can wrest it and twist it until whatever he teaches appears to be quite scriptural. Just because a theory has a few passages that seem to sustain it is no proof that it is scriptural. Any doctrine that is opposed to the true principles of life, or to one plain Scripture, rightly divided, is bound to be wrong.

Teachers of unconditional security, like teachers of other false doctrines, do away with all Scriptures that are not in harmony with their pet theory. Their usual procedure is to explain all Scriptures that plainly contradict such teaching as referring only to the Jews and not to Christians, or as referring to some past age and not to the one in which we live, and to quickly divert attention from other Scriptures written to Christians as of no importance on the question. On the other hand, Scriptures written to both Jews and Gentiles that can be twisted to harmonize with this theory are emphasized beyond all true meaning under the guise of accepting just what the Bible says.

God has so constructed the Bible that no one passage contains all the truth on any one subject and no passage contradicts another, whether it is on the same subject or not (Isa.28:9-13). All Scriptures on a subject must be gathered and harmonized with themselves and with all Scriptures on other subjects, before the whole truth can be fully understood. No "Scripture is of any private interpretation"; that is, no Scripture should be isolated from all others and understood by itself as being the whole truth on a subject in total disregard to all other passages on the same subject (2 Pet. 1:19). Two or three plain passages are required to establish any single truth, and if there are more than this number on a subject all must bear testimony to the same thing and none of them must contradict themselves or any other passages on any other subject (Num. 35:30, Deut. 17:6; 19:15; Matt. 18:16; 2 Cor. 13:1).

We are told to "rightly divide the word of truth" (2 Tim. 2:15) and to compare "spiritual things with spiritual" (1 Cor. 2:13). When this is done to the very few passages that are used to teach unconditional security they will be found to be in perfect harmony with the many hundreds of passages that plainly teach conditional security. On the other hand, these many hundreds of passages cannot possibly be harmonized with the wrong interpretations of the few that are used to teach unconditional security. To teach unconditional security is to leave an irreparable breach between two sets of Scriptures, but to teach conditional security is to have perfect harmony between all Scriptures. If all Christians would be willing to believe all Scriptures on the subject and be just as zealous to defend all truth then there would be no division over the question of true Bible security.

The truth is that the Bible does teach a true, just, and lasting security for believers who will put forth an honest effort to remain secure in Christ, if they will meet a few simple conditions of God which are clearly stated and which every man can meet by the means of grace provided in the gospel.

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Rev. Jack Howell

November 1, 2015 at 1:40 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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Real Bible Assurance and True Eternal Security


The believer can be assured that he now has eternal life (1 John 5:13; John 3:16, 36; 10:27-29), that he can keep it eternally by remaining in Christ (John 15:1-6; 1 John 2:24-25; Col. 1:23; 2:6-7), that it is given by Christ (John 10:10, 28 and God (Rom.6:23), that it is by believing "in" Christ (John 3:16; 1 John 5:11) and "on" Him (John 3:36; 6:47; 1 John 5:13), that one need never perish (John 10:27-29), that Christ is our eternal life (John 17:3; Col. 3:4; 1 John 1:1, 2; 2:24-25; 5:11-13), that we have redemption (Eph 1:7; 1 Pet 1:18-23; Heb. 9:12), that we are righteous (1 Cor 1:30; 1 John 3:7), that we are reconciled to God (Col 1:21; 2 Cor. 5:17-21; Rom.5:10), and that we have passed from death to life (1 John 3:14; Eph 2:1-9).

The Bible also gives us the assurance that we have peace (Rom.5:1; Eph 2:14; Col. 1:20), atonement (Rom.5:11), an inheritance (Eph. 1:11, 18; 1 Pet 1:4), hope (Heb. 6:19; 1 Pet. 1:3; Tit. 1:3; 3:7), access to God (Rom.5:2; Eph. 2:18; 3:12), liberty (Gal. 5:1), a good conscience (Acts 24:16; 1 Tim. 3:9; 1 Pet. 3:16), an unction (1 John 2:27), an advocate (1 John 2:1), a high priest (Heb. 4:14-16; 7:25; 9:24), the mind of Christ (1 Cor. 2:16; 2 Tim. 1:7), confidence (1 John 5:14), and salvation (Acts 4:12; Rom.1:16).

As believers we can know that we are forgiven (1 John 1:9), justified (Acts 13:39; Rom.5:1), sanctified (1 Cor. 6:11), born again (John 3:1-8; 1 John 5:1, 18, and that we are saved and Christ abides in us and we in Him (Matt. 1:21; John 15:1-7; 2 Cor. 5:17; Rom.8:9, 10), but all these things are based upon conditions. Otherwise, if it is on an unconditional basis that we experience and keep all these blessings, and if it is solely God's choice and man has nothing to do about it, God would be obligated to bless all men alike. In this case, no man could lose his soul but this is not true. Conditional eternal assurance is the only kind in Scripture and the only kind of assurance we can know. The unconditional kind cannot be known, because it could not be real assurance. Anyone who wants unconditional security so that he can do as he pleases and still be saved is not right at heart. There is no possible righteous motive in such an

attitude. If the purpose is not to give one an excuse to continue in sin, then what is the purpose? If one's purpose is to have assurance that one can be saved eternally, that is the purpose of conditional security teaching, and he can have this kind of security. That is the principle we contend for and what the Bible teaches, so there need not be the slightest doubt that one can continue eternally saved by means of grace that is provided in the Gospel through Jesus Christ.

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Rev. Jack Howell

November 1, 2015 at 1:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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The doctrine of "Once Saved, Always Saved" is misleading. We are told many times in scripture to persevere, overcome, remain faithful, etc., so this teaching of "Once Saved, Always Saved" is contrary to scripture as it relates to us now. However, once we are with the Lord in glory, then and only then are we truly once saved, always saved.

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Rev. Jack Howell

November 22, 2015 at 10:28 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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