I am planning on doing a series of articles on the teaching of Eternal Security over the next several months. Personally, I was a strong believer on the teaching of Eternal Security when I first became a believer back in 1982.
After I embraced the teaching of Holiness and that Christ has the power to keep us free from sin, I rejected the teaching of Eternal Security.
Each article in this series will deal with a different thread of truth from the Bible that I feel makes it clear that Eternal Security is not a Biblical teaching. This teaching holds that once you are truly born again by grace through faith it is impossible to loose your right standing with God and be lost in the end.
There are a number of different terms to describe this teaching and the teaching is understood differently by a number of different groups.
Eternal Security (ES) is some times called Unconditional Eternal Security (mostly by those that don’t agree with the teaching), and it is also referred to as Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS). The other term that is used to describe this teaching is called Perseverance of the Saints which is the 5th point of Calvinism.
The terms ES (Eternal Security) and OSAS (Once Saved Always Saved) themselves don’t denote any difference in the teaching, but the term Perseverance of the Saints does. Perseverance of the Saints denotes that if you are a saint (if you have been born again), you will persevere to the end. Most that use this term hold that while it is possible that you may apostatize from the faith for a time and go into a life of sin and even deep sin, if you were truly born again you will come back to the Lord and will be in the faith when you die.
In the next article, I will be dealing two important issues that need to be prayerfully considered. The first is what kind of a practical effect does this teaching have on a Christian’s personal walk with Christ. The second is if this teaching is wrong and we teach it to others what effect can it have on those that we teach and can it have an effect on our standing before the Lord for teaching it?
I also will be providing quotes from some of the best known teachers of Eternal Security so we can hear from them what they are teaching.
In this opening article I want you to prayerfully consider the following 10 IF scriptures. As you read each of the following scriptures, ask God to give you understanding.
– IF you forgive you will be forgive.
Mat 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you
– IF you continue in the Word then you are a disciple.
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, “If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed”;
– IF you don’t abide in Christ you will be cast forth as a branch.
Joh 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
– IF you don’t continue in his goodness you will be cut off.
Rom 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.
– IF you continue in the faith you will be presented holy in his sight.
Col 1:21-23 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblamable and unreprovable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;
– IF you hold fast unto the end you are Christ’s house.
Heb 3:6 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
– IF you hold your confidence steadfast unto the end you are a partaker of Christ.
Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;
– IF after you are saved you sin willfully there remains no sacrifice for your sins.
Heb 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
– IF you keep his commandments you know Christ.
1Jn 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
– IF what you have heard remains in you, ye will continue in the Son.
1Jn 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.