ETERNAL SECURITY, THE HUGE GAMBLE
WHAT IS THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL SECURITY?
This is also known as the doctrine of ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED. Eternal Security is the most preached about topic in church, on Christian radio and television. It is the most dominant theme in Christian bookstores. Is this a true or false doctrine? Does it matter? Why is Eternal Security such a HUGE GAMBLE?
This doctrine is probably the most widespread message preached in Christianity.
PROFILING THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL SECURITY:
1. Relating to being born again, they teach that if one is born, ONE CAN’T BE UNBORN. There is NO SUCH THING AS BACKSLIDING. IF ONE GOES BACK IT PROVES HE NEVER REALLY WAS SAVED.
2. IF ONE HAS EVER BEEN BORN INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD, HE WILL ALWAYS BE A CHILD OF GOD. (Like his earthly family, he will always be the son of his parents whether he is good or bad).
3. We are SAVED BY GRACE, so God knows WE ARE JUST SINNERS SAVED BY GRACE and that we are still going to sin.
4. We have THE “UNCONDITIONAL” LOVE OF GOD. A GOD OF LOVE WOULD NOT SEND ANY OF HIS CHILDREN TO HELL (just like a parent would not punish their children that severely for any mistakes they made).
5. A JUST GOD WOULD NOT SEND PEOPLE TO HELL FOR SIN OR BEING BAD.
6. If WE HAVE ACCEPTED CHRIST, AND STILL LIVE IN SIN, WE WILL STILL GO TO HEAVEN.
7. AFTER ACCEPTING CHRIST, NOTHING YOU DO OR DON’T DO FROM THAT POINT MAKES ANY DIFFERENCE.
They use Ephesians 2:8, 9 to substantiate this “For BY GRACE are YE SAVED through faith, NOT OF YOURSELVES: It is the GIFT OF GOD; NOT OF WORKS, lest any man boast.”
8. CHRISTIANS ARE GOING TO SIN, WE HAVE JUST BEEN FORGIVEN.
9. *2 Corinthians 5:21, “He was made sin that knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.”
This is a major scripture that those who advocate Eternal Security pervert to say “Jesus alone without works”, makes us righteous and acceptable before God. In other words, whether you sin or not, if you believe in Jesus you are righteous and will go to heaven.
THE ETERNAL SECURITY OR THE “PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS” DOCTRINE HAS BEEN PROFILED BY A FAMOUS AUTHOR, TELEVISION AND RADIO PREACHER.
These are some quotes from his book regarding ‘THE CASE THAT SALVATION CANNOT BE LOST’.
He says and I quote, “Once and for all He gives us an IRREVOCABLE RELATIONSHIP
with a Savior who promises to protect us by his own power, all the way home.” “Although DISOBEDIENT CHRISTIANS CANNOT LOSE THEIR SALVATION, there still is much
to lose. The conscious fellowship with God. The approval of God. Influence for God. Love, joy, peace, patience, self-control. Reward. Everything that makes life meaningful.”
“…the Bible makes it clear,” he continues, “that God will, by His own power, preserve their faith and security.” “They may not be acting on that faith the way they should, but it is still there. When that person repeatedly renounces Christ and appeals to some other basis for salvation—we must assume that such an individual was never saved in the first place.” “As long as I believe and trust in Christ, God sees me as being “in Him”, and as long as I am hiding “IN CHRIST”, I have His protection.” “Could my faith or lack of faith determine whether I am presently “in” or “out” of Christ?” “According to Galatians 2:20, I have been: co-crucified with Christ; co-buried in Christ; co-resurrected in Christ; FREED FROM SIN IN CHRIST. This is the Christian’s basis for security. In Christ, I have already paid for my crimes against God. That’s history. It’s past. It’s done. Paul said it so clearly. In Christ, I died to sin. In Christ I am alive forever more.”
He goes on, “This wouldn’t make sense if Paul hadn’t been teaching something that some would interpret as A LICENSE TO SIN” “It is only when we realize that OUR SALVATION DEPENDS ON OUR CONFIDENCE IN WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE RATHER ON WHAT WE WILL DO”. “…NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE DESPISE THE IDEA OF LOOKING AT SECURITY AS A LICENSE TO SIN, we don’t live up to our new potential and privilege in Christ”.
“I John. 2:1, 2 Jesus gave Himself for a propitiation for our sins,” “This deals with Christ’s protection of our sa280lvation in the present.” “BEING IN CHRIST WE HAVE THE ULTIMATE DEFENSE.” “HE’S NEVER LOST A CASE—and never will. Some have speculated that this Public Defender has never actually had to argue a case. They believe he merely holds up His hands.” “THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THOSE HANDS THAT ALWAYS WINS.”
Finally, “HOW COULD YOU POSSIBLY LOSE YOUR SALVATION WHEN YOU ARE IN
JESUS CHRIST. He Himself is your advocate; intercessor; payment for sin; righteousness before God and man.” When one accepts Christ not only does it take care of the SINS OF THE
PAST, BUT ALSO SINS THAT WILL BE COMMITTED IN THE FUTURE.
Think about this statement. If this were true, then God would be an unjust biased judge who shows favoritism and perverts judgment. That is totally opposite of what the Bible teaches about a JUST GOD.
One preacher said, “Christian security is not something that depends on human performance.”
“Even though He could see all of our sin and rebellion, He still chose us in Christ. His sovereign decision was completely apart from human merit.” “He pre-decided the outcome, while working with our will in a way that is beyond our ability to understand.” “He predetermined the outcome in eternity past.”
*Romans 8:28-32 (This scripture is foundational to those who teach eternal security).
This description of God’s plan doesn’t mention the human side. It doesn’t say anything about His waiting to see whether we would receive Christ and then hang on by faith until the end.” “God justifies those He calls to Christ. In legal terms, that means He declares righteous those who believe in His Son.” “God says that we are not to be charged with eternal punishment for our sin.” “Who can find us guilty after God had declared us innocent.” “Because of our spiritual immaturity, we often sin.” “… but God responds in our defense”. “Who do you think you are to accuse someone whom I have declared righteous.”
“The one you accuse of sin is one that I have pre-chosen and justified Myself.” “We are given a new status that covers our future as well as our past.” “Not under law but under grace. This is the ultimate kind of immunity and PERPETUAL PARDON.” “The issue of sin has been settled by the death of Christ once and for all.” “IN CHRIST, THERE IS LEGAL PROTECTION FOR THE FUTURE AS WELL AS THE PAST.” “He has unilaterally resolved the sin question once and for all, there is nothing in the future that can keep the foreknown, predestined, called, justified, and glorified child of God from getting to the place God has prepared for him.” “The apostle Paul seemed at a loss to explain what it meant when someone strayed from the faith.” “The apostle had to admit that there are many things about being saved and who is not saved that only God knows.” “This reminds us that we cannot always tell who is and who is not a child of God.” “It is easier if we assume that Christians are those who live like Christians, and non-Christians are those who don’t. But appearances can be deceiving.”
“Without losing their security and their IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION, Christians can easily lose their battle over sin.” “Such failures can sometimes cause a child of God, for a while at least, to be indistinguishable from a child of Satan.” “Paul was at the same time admitting that someone who was in Christ could still fall into all of the sins,” “He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 “Didn’t the apostle Paul himself show signs of uncertainty in 1 Corinthians 9:27 No. In the first passage, Paul was not concerned about losing his salvation but about losing his usefulness as a servant of Christ.” End quote
This is a classic example of using some scriptures and ignoring others. Choosing which scriptures one will believe, and those you won’t believe. This doctrine is a product of theological SPIN MASTERS. It is saying the same thing the devil is saying, “It doesn’t matter how you live, you are still alright.”
Some use Romans 4:4-6 to teach Eternal Security
“Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. How was it reckoned? When he was in circumcision? Not to circumcision, but uncircumcision?”1
The Bible is saying here is that unless one has believed on Christ it doesn’t matter whether He is circumcised or uncircumcised, he still is not saved. Christ doesn’t impute sin to those who have accepted Him and repented of their sins. This is only referring to past sins not ones that are committed in the future. THIS DOES NOT GIVE ONE AN EXEMPTION SO HE CAN CONTINUE SINNING IN THE FUTURE WITHOUT REPENTING AND STILL BE ASSURED OF HEAVEN.
ANOTHER FAMOUS BIBLE TEACHER IN THE “SPIRIT FILLED” RANKS teaches a DISGUISED Eternal Security
He quotes, “I John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son CLEANSETH us from all sin.”He says, “You see, as long as you walk in the light—EVEN THOUGH YOU MISS IT—THERE IS A CONTINUAL CLEANSING OF SIN.” “Because I was walking in the light I had at the time, the Lord cleansed me from my mistakes, faults, failures, and shortcomings.”
He is saying God cleanses us WITHOUT OUR EVER REPENTING OR ASKING. That is nothing but a thin veil of the Eternal Security doctrine. That preacher in the Spirit filled ranks came out of a traditional denomination that believes in Eternal Security.
SCRIPTURES PROVE THE ETERNAL SECURITY DOCTRINE IS A MAJOR ERROR
“Once Saved Always Saved” proponents use the argument that GOD SAID HE WOULD NEVER LEAVE US NOR FORSAKE US and they quote, John 10:28 “No man can take you from my hand.”
There is no dispute that NO ONE CAN TAKE US OUT OF GOD’S HAND. BUT THE BIBLE SHOWS THAT WE CAN TAKE OURSELVES OUT OF GOD’S HAND.
*Revelation 3:11 “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that NO MAN TAKE THY CROWN.” (Even yourself)
*Isaiah 65:11 “But ye are THEY THAT FORSAKE THE LORD.” It is impossible to forsake someone that you were never with.
*2 Timothy 2:12 referring to Christ says, “…IF WE DENY HIM, HE ALSO WILL DENY US.”
*Judges 6:13 “now THE LORD HATH FORSAKEN US.”
*Hosea 4:6 “Because thou hast REJECTED KNOWLEDGE, I WILL REJECT THEE.”
SCRIPTURES PROVING THAT ONE CAN LOSE HIS SALVATION AFTER BEING SAVED
*I Timothy 4:1 “SOME SHALL DEPART FROM THE FAITH.”
*Hebrews 3:12 “take heed, lest there be any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in DEPARTING (once saved) FROM THE LIVING GOD.”
*Proverbs 26:11 “As it happened unto them according to the true proverb, THE DOG IS TURNED AGAIN TO HIS VOMIT.”
*Hebrews 4:11 “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, LEST ANY MAN FALL after the same example of unbelief.”
*Jude 24 “Unto Him that is able to KEEP YOU FROM FALLING.” (He is able, but you must cooperate with Him).
*Proverbs 14:14 “The BACKSLIDER in heart shall be filled with his own ways.” (Not the ways of the Lord).
*Psalms 44:18 “Our heart is NOT TURNED BACK.” (Showing it is possible).
*Jeremiah 7:24 “But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and the imagination of their evil heart, and WENT BACKWARD and not forward.”
*Jeremiah 8:5 “Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a PERPETUAL BACKSLIDING? They hold fast deceit, THEY REFUSE TO RETURN.”
*Jeremiah 15:6 God says, “THOU HAST FORSAKEN ME, saith the Lord, thou art GONE BACKWARD: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I AM WEARY OF REPENTING.” (like confession once a week to a priest; or going to the altar every week to repent and get saved again, with the full intent of continuing the same sinful lifestyle).
*John 6:66-67 “Many of His disciples(it says HIS disciples) went BACK, and WALKED NO MORE WITH HIM. Then said Jesus“.... unto THE TWELVE, WILL YE ALSO GO AWAY?”
*1 Corinthians 15:2 “…by which also ye are saved, IF YE KEEP IN MEMORY what I preached unto you, UNLESS YE HAVE BELIEVED IN VAIN.”
*Hebrews 4:14 “...let us HOLD FAST OUR PROFESSION.”
*2 Thessalonians 2:3 “LET NO MAN (nor denomination) DECEIVE YOU... that day shall not come except THERE COME A GREAT FALLING AWAY FIRST.” (You cannot fall from a cliff if you haven’t been on top of it first. You cannot fall away from God unless you have known him first).
*John 8:31 Jesus said, “If ye CONTINUE in my Word, then are YE MY DISCIPLES INDEED.”
*Acts 14:22 says, “CONFIRMING THE SOULS of the disciples”. (this is not a confirmation ritual of a church to confirm the soul of some child). This is EXHORTING THEM TO CONTINUE IN THE FAITH.
*Psalm 119:109 “MY SOUL IS CONTINUALLY IN MY HAND.”
*Colossians 1:23 “if YE CONTINUE IN THE FAITH, grounded and settled, and be NOT MOVED AWAY FROM THE HOPE OF THE GOSPEL.”
*Galatians 5:7 “YE DID RUN WELL; WHO DID HINDER YOU THAT YE SHOULD NOT OBEY THE TRUTH.”
*Philippians 2:12 “WORK OUT YOUR OWN SALVATION WITH FEAR
According to the scriptures, once a person is saved he must guard his life carefully or he can lose his salvation. Otherwise, the above scriptures mean nothing.
*Matthew 24:13, Jesus said, “But he that shall ENDURE UNTO THE END, the same SHALL BE SAVED.” Also (Matthew 10:22).
*Luke 17:32 "Remember Lot's wife." After coming out of Sodom she looked back.
WHAT ABOUT JUDAS ISCARIOT
*John 17:12 “While I was in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and NONE OF THEM IS LOST, BUT THE SON OF PERDITION.” (He had to have been one of them before he could be lost).
*Acts 1:16-17 speaking about Judas says, “For HE WAS NUMBERED WITH US, AND HAD OBTAINED PART OF THIS MINISTRY.”
*v. 20, “...and HIS BISHOPRIC LET ANOTHER TAKE.”
*v. 25 “That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which BY TRANSGRESSION JUDAS FELL.” According to the Bible, Judas was an Apostle (which was impossible to be if he was not a child of God), but LOST EVERYTHING BECAUSE OF TRANSGRESSION, SIN.
As I mentioned in the chapter on “Salvation”, the Grace of God is very important related to salvation. But the wonderful grace of God has been spun and perverted into a literal license to sin.
PERVERSIONS OF THE GRACE MESSAGE
“I am just a sinner saved by Grace. God knows the way I am and accepts me anyway.” “I believe in Jesus as my Savior, so I am saved no matter what I do.” “Christ died for sinners; I am a sinner; therefore I am saved by His Grace and cannot backslide or lose my soul. I am eternally secure.”
REFUTING THE PERVERSION OF THE GRACE MESSAGE
*Jude 4 says “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, UNGODLY MEN, TURNING THE GRACE OF GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS.” (This is making one believe he can sin without feeling guilty about it; believing that the Grace of God covers whatever sins we are committing. This teaching deadens the conscience. The Word of God deals with how one is living NOW not just in the past.
*Romans 6:14, “For SIN” . (It is the Grace of God in Christ Jesus that gives you the power not to sin, not to free you to sin).
*Romans 6:1 “What shall we say then? SHALL WE CONTINUE TO SIN, THAT GRACE MAY ABOUND?”
*v. 15, “What then? SHALL WE SIN, because we are not underthe law, BUT UNDER GRACE? GOD FORBID.”
*Galatians 2:21, “DO NOT FRUSTRATE THE GRACE OF GOD.”
*Romans 8:13 “For IF YE LIVE AFTER THE FLESH, YE SHALL DIE: but IF ye through the spirit do MORTIFY THE DEEDS OF THE BODY, YE SHALL LIVE.”
*Hebrews 12:14-17 “Follow peace with all men and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: LOOKING DILIGENTLY LEST ANY MAN FAIL OF THE GRACE OF GOD; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled: lestthere be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat SOLD HIS BIRTHRIGHT. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected; for HE FOUND NO PLACE OF REPENTANCE, THOUGH HE SOUGHT IT CAREFULLY WITH TEARS.”
*Hebrew 10:29-31 “...and hath DONE DESPITE THE SPIRIT OF GRACE.”
In other words, have intentionally PRESUMED UPON AND TAKEN ADVANTAGE OF GOD’S GRACE. God’s Grace and mercy is incredible, but God will not be taken as a fool.
*Galatians 6:7 “Be not deceived, God is not mocked. Whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”
*Galatians 1:6 “I marvel that ye are so soon REMOVED FROM HIM that called you into
THE GRACE OF CHRIST UNTO ANOTHER GOSPEL.”
To teach and believe such a thing is to deny the Gospel and Jesus Christ Himself! The Grace message has been spun by professional theological spin masters to teach people that THE BOTTOM LINE IS, THAT THEY CAN STILL LIVE IN SIN AND EXPECT TO GO TO HEAVEN, because of the Grace of God. This is a gross perversion of the Gospel. God is not behind this message. This teaching comes straight from the doctrines of Baal, Satan himself. God would never contradict His Word like this.
CAN ONE SIN AND STAY SAVED?
*1 Corinthians 9:27"But I KEEP MY BODY, AND BRING IT INTO SUBJECTION: (some believe as long as one says they believe on Jesus it doesn’t matter what they do in the body), LEST THAT BY ANY MEANS, WHEN I HAVE PREACHED TO OTHERS, I MYSELF SHOULD BE A CASTAWAY..”
*Jeremiah 14:7"O Lord, though OUR INIQUITIES TESTIFY AGAINST US, ...for our BACKSLIDINGS ARE MANY; WE HAVE SINNED AGAINST THEE.”
*Galatians 5:1 “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and BE NOT ENTANGLED AGAIN WITH THE YOKE OF BONDAGE.”
*Galatians 2:7 “Is Christ the MINISTER OF SIN? God forbid!”
*Isaiah 29:13 says, “Wherefore the Lord said, for as much as this people draw near me with their mouth (they are religious), and with their lips do honour me, but HAVE REMOVED THEIR HEART FAR FROM ME.”
*Matthew 9:17 Jesus said that we can’t “PUT NEW WINE IN OLD BOTTLES.”
*John 5:14, Jesus said, “SIN NO MORE lest a worse thing come upon you.”
*Proverbs 14:16 “A wise man feareth and departeth from evil: but the FOOL RAGETH AND IS CONFIDENT..”
*Psalm 119:11 “Thy Word hath I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.”
*Ezekiel 3:20 says, “Again, WHEN A RIGHTEOUS MAN DOTH TURN FROM RIGHTEOUSNESS, AND COMMIT INIQUITY, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, HE SHALL DIE IN HIS SIN, AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED.”
*v. 21, “Nevertheless, if thou warn the righteous man, that therighteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.”
*Hebrew 10:26-32 “IF WE SIN WILFULLY AFTER THAT YE HAVE RECEIVED THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH...THERE REMAINETH...A CERTAIN FEARFUL LOOKING OF JUDGMENT.”
*1 John 3:7-8 “Little children, LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU. He that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. HE THAT COMMITTETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL; for the devil sinneth from the beginning.”
*II Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except THERE COME A FALLING AWAY FIRST, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
SIN WILL CAUSE ONE TO LOSE HIS SOUL
*1 Corinthians 9:27, Paul said, “But I KEEP MY BODY, and BRING IT INTO SUBJECTION lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I MYSELF SHOULD BE A CASTAWAY.” (This should show in no uncertain terms that sins of the flesh can cause one to BE A CASTAWAY FROM CHRIST).
*2 Peter 2:4 “For IF GOD SPARED NOT THE ANGELS THAT SINNED, but CAST THEM DOWN TO HELL...” (Verse 5) “... And SPARED NOT THE OLD WORLD, but saved
Noah a preacher of righteousness” (but destroyed the ungodly in the flood).
*v. 6 “And turning the cities of SODOM AND GOMORRA into ashes CONDEMNED THEM with an overthrow, MAKING THEM AN ENSAMPLE unto THOSE THAT AFTER SHOULD LIVE UNGODLY.”
*v. 10 “...presumptuous are they (presumptuous thinking they can live a life of sin and still be right with God), SELF-WILLED…”
*Isaiah 1:21 “How is THE FAITHFUL CITY BECOME A HARLOT! It was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.”
*Isaiah 1:4 “Ah SINFUL NATION, A PEOPLE LADEN WITH INIQUITY, a seed of
evil- doers: they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.” One cannot go away from a place he has never been.
*2 Peter 2:14-22 “Having eyes full of adultery, and that CANNOT CEASE FROM SIN; BEGUILING (corrupting) UNSTABLE SOULS (the Once Saved Always Saved Doctrine BEGUILES unstable souls, making them believe if they sin they will still go to heaven) ...cursed children: which have FORSAKEN THE RIGHT WAY, and are GONE ASTRAY.”
*v. 20 “For if AFTER THEY HAVE ESCAPED the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ,THEY ARE ENTANGLED THEREIN, and OVERCOME, THE LATTER END IS WORSE THAN THE FIRST.”
*Romans 11:20-21 “…because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if GOD SPARED NOT THE NATURAL BRANCHES, TAKE HEED LEST HE ALSO SPARE NOT THEE.”
WHAT DOES BORN AGAIN REALLY MEAN?
*2 Corinthians 5:17 “If any man be in Christ he is A NEW CREATURE. OLD THINGS, (the life of sin) ARE PAST AWAY; and behold, ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW.” If one is not changed, he is not in Christ nor does he have Christ’s righteousness.
*1 John 5:18 “WE KNOW that WHOSOEVER IS BORN OF GOD SINNETH NOT; but HE THAT IS BEGOTTEN OF GOD KEEPETH HIMSELF.”
*I John 3:9 “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.”
*Matthew 15:3, Jesus said, “YOU HOLD THE TRADITIONS OF MEN ABOVE THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.”
*Matthew 15:7-8, “He answered and said unto them; well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, THIS PEOPLE HONORETH ME WITH THEIR LIPS BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR FROM ME.”
*verse 9, “Howbeit in vain do they worship me, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.”
IT DOES NOT MATTER IF ONE HAS MADE A PUBLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH IN CHRIST; ONE CANNOT LIVE IN SIN AND BE ETERNALLY SECURE, ACCORDING TO VOLUMES OF SCRIPTURES.
*Isaiah 48:1, describes those who preach this doctrine. “They MAKE MENTION THE GOD OF ISRAEL, but NOT IN TRUTH, NOR IN RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
*2 Timothy 2:19 “The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, LET EVERY ONE THAT NAMETH THE NAME OF CHRIST DEPART FROM INIQUITY.”
Millions of professing Christians live in adultery, lying, stealing, cheating, and idolatry...exactly like the worshippers of Baal.
*2 Peter 2:18 “For when THEY SPEAK GREAT SWELLING WORDS OF VANITY, THEY ALLURE THROUGH THE LUST OF THE FLESH, ...those that were clean escaped from them who LIVE IN ERROR.”
Most of the biggest “seeker sensitive” churches teach the doctrine of Eternal Security. This is an inoffensive, feel good Gospel that says what people want to hear. They can have Christ and their life of sins, and go to heaven, too. This type of teaching is done solely for soothing the consciences of people and for the purposes of gaining bigger memberships and more money. Those preaching this do not really believe the Bible nor do they care whether or not their members go to heaven or hell. They constantly assure their people that everything is okay when in reality it is not.
*Revelation 2:14 “I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the Doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a STUMBLING BLOCK BEFORE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and TO COMMIT FORNICATION.”
ETERNAL SECURITY IS A DOCTRINE OF BAAL. It produces a lifestyle which is no different than what the pagan Baal worshippers of old lived.
ONE’S NAME CAN BE BLOTTED OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE
*Exodus 32:32 “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin; and if not, BLOT ME, I pray thee, OUT OF THY BOOK which thou hast written.”
*Exodus 32:33 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I BLOT OUT OF MY BOOK.
*Deuteronomy 9:14 “Let me alone, that I may destroy them, and BLOT OUT THEIR NAME FROM UNDER HEAVEN:”
*Revelation 22:19 “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, GOD SHALL TAKE AWAY HIS PART OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE.”
*Revelation 3:5, “He THAT OVERCOMETH...I WILL NOT BLOT OUT HIS NAME OUT OF THE BOOK OF LIFE.”
It is impossible to blot out a name that is not there in the first place! .
IT IS A DANGEROUS THING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE GRACE OF GOD.
*Hebrews 12:17 “For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.”
*Psalm 106:35 “They MINGLED WITH THE HEATHEN, AND LEARNED THEIR WORKS.”
We know the grace of God is a marvelous thing, that God would send Jesus to die for our sins and forgive us when we confess our sins and call on Him, but TO BELIEVE AND PRACTICE THE ETERNAL SECURITY DOCTRINE where one believes he can break the Ten Commandments and live a sinful life and still think he is going to go to heaven, IS A HUGE GAMBLE WITH YOUR ETERNAL SOUL. This doctrine contradicts a massive amount of scriptures that teach the opposite, that commands us to live a godly life. Because of the Eternal Security Doctrine many professing Christians live hypocritical lives. Their lifestyle is very little different than the ‘non-Christian’, pagan.
Another method of teaching Eternal Security is done by disguising and perverting the Bible’s teaching on righteousness. See the article ‘THE PERVERSION OF RIGHTEOUSNESS’ on www.lorendavis.com
1 “What Do We Have to Lose?” Salvation Security, Martin R. DeHann II
NOTE: This article was taken from Loren Davis' book 'The Paganization of Christianity' - CLICK HERE TO ORDER.
Another source is Charles Stanley’s book on Eternal Security