WHY I HATE THE DOCTRINE OF ETERNAL SALVATION (DOCTRINAL CONFUSION-PART 5)
This series is the narrative of an encounter with a believer who expressed high level of hatred for the doctrine of eternal salvation. He believes that the doctrine of eternal salvation is a scheme of the devil to deceive believers who have lost their salvation through sinful lifestyle to make them believe they are still saved. However, the bible does not teach the loss of salvation by any act of sin.
Salvation is not by our works or moral perfection but by grace through faith in Christ. Though living sinful lifestyle has consequences on the believer, the consequences is not the loss of salvation. We addressed this in part two of this series. In part four of this series we addressed the right interpretation of working out your own salvation with fear and trembling in Philippians 2: 12- 12, a scripture many people have ignorantly used to teach that the believer can lose salvation if he does not work out his salvation.
Today we shall look at another scripture he raised, which is Hebrews 10: 26- 27.
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” .
According to him when a person becomes a believer, he receives forgiveness for every sin he committed before coming to Christ but if after salvation you get to know that something is sinful and you willfully or consciously go ahead to commit that sin, you will have no forgiveness for that sin, resulting in you losing your salvation.This interpretation connotes that any act of sin which involves the will or consciousness of the believer can make one lose his salvation.
The logical implication of his interpretation is that every believer has lost their salvation because no believer can confidently say that he has never committed any act of sin since he became a believer. This is because almost every sin involves the will and consciousness of man. Apart from being raped, every act of sexual sin involves the will and consciousness of a person.
Stealing, lying, envy, cheating in exams, insulting, being lazy and other acts of sins, all involve the will and consciousness of man. Therefore, his interpretation is logically inaccurate. Regarding the right interpretation of Hebrews 10: 26- 27, we shall look at the context of the passage. What is the knowledge of the truth the author was talking about?
The book of Hebrew has one major truth or message for the Jews. These Jews had a covenant with God. They believed and practiced the Old Testament. The message of the author of the book of Hebrews was to persuade the Jews about the superiority of Christ offering and the eternal nature of his sacrifice in the New Testament.
The truth being communicated to them was that Christ was offered once for all. Christ is the one and only perfect sacrifice for sin forever. The author was telling these Jews who were yet to be persuaded that Christ has been offered once for all and for this reason, there remaineth no sacrifice for sin. No more annual animal sacrifice. Christ sacrifice is the end of all sacrifice. There is no more other sacrifice for sin.
Let us read from chapter 9, verses 11 to 14: “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (KJV).
The single message of the one-time sacrifice of Christ for sin is being communicated here.
Let’s also take from chapter 10 verses 9 to 14: “Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
The author made very emphatic statement in verses 17 and 18: “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.” There is no more offering for sin when Christ sacrifice has offered us remission of sin in the New Testament. The same message of Christ being the only sacrifice for sin is being communicated.
The author went on to appeal to these Jews by using the phrases “Let us” to call them to accept or believe in Christ as the only sacrifice for sin. The willful sinning in the context of the passage is not acts of sins such as fornication, stealing, cheating, lust and the like. The willful sinning here is about departing from the truth being communicated or refusing to believe in Christ as the only sacrifice for sin forever.
The “we” used was not talking about believers or Christians but he was addressing his fellow Jews therefore he identified himself with them.
He was telling them that if after being told or made aware or come to the knowledge of the truth that Jesus is the only sacrifice for sin, they refuse to believe on Christ but reject this only sacrifice, there is no other sacrifice for sin. Those who refuse to believe in Christ will face the judgment of God.
The adversaries of God are those who refuse to believe in Christ.
Therefore, Hebrews 10: 26- 27 is about those who reject the gospel of Christ after hearing the message or made aware of the truth. It is not about believers or Christians who commit acts of sin.
# Disseminating the truth
# Bringing freedom
# Perfecting the saints