ETERNAL SECURITY - ONCE SAVED, FOREVER SAVED- PART 1
Recently, I'd posted some hard stuff. I actually called them 'hard meat'. This is because these things are quite difficult to accept especially amongst some religious circles. This was why I insisted that the posts must be followed patiently. Every 'hard meat' posted here recently, pointed to, or at least suggested one thing - ETERNAL SECURITY. Eternal security is the teaching that once a person is saved, he is forever saved and can NEVER be lost (can never go to hell no matter what)
CAN A BELIEVER WHO HAS BEEN BORN OF GOD SO SIN AS TO FALL AWAY AND LOSE HIS SALVATION?
Many believers don't know about eternal security or they know about it but they just don't want to accept it because it sounds too good to be true. Good bible believing Christians all over the world are divided on this question. Some believe in this doctrine so strongly that they teach that a person cannot be saved unless they believe in it. Others believe that the doctrine of eternal security (once saved, forever saved) encourages Christians to sin.
Those who believe in this doctrine believe in the sovereignty of God. Those who do not believe it emphasize the free moral agency of man. But when the doctrine of eternal security is rightly understood, it marvellously magnifies the matchless grace of God and help the believer to see the greatness of salvation. When rightly believed, it brings peace and consolation to troubled hearts.
Any message is both dangerous and damnable that tells a sinner that if he makes a profession of being a Christian he will be eternally saved regardless of how he lives. Any teaching is wrong that gives a sense of false security to professed Christians. Nowhere the bible does belittles the awfulness of sin or encourage lax Christian living. The goal of every believer is conformity to Christ - Rom 8:29. The normal relationship for every believer is constant abiding - John 15:5.
Every believer will be growing in grace and in the knowledge of Christ- 2 Pet 3:18.
Those who do not believe in eternal security think that the possibility that a Christian can lose his salvation is an incentive to diligence in the things of God. They believe that fear of losing one's salvation will keep the believer from sin. Though fear is a motive for right conduct, LOVE is a higher motive that is pleasing to God- 1 John 4:19; 2Cor 5:14, 15.
Do you want your children to obey you because they fear you or because they love you? Honesty compels us to admit that many Christians who believe in the doctrine of eternal security of the believer and who are motivated by the constraining love of Christ live a better Christian life. They serve God not to be accepted by Him but because they understand the unconditional love of God for them.