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The question of the "eternal security of the believer" is the cause of much controversy in the church, creating conflict and distress for many Christians.
Those who believe in "falling away" accuse those who believe in "eternal security" of promoting "cheap grace." Cheap grace is NOT a Biblical expression. Anyone who calls the amazing grace of God "cheap" is denying God's grace for the wonder that it is, and it really is a denial of God's grace, since it means that too small a price has been paid. Absolute BLASPHEMY!
Grace must be absolutely free and without any price whatsoever on man's part; while on God's part of the price He paid was infinite. For man to think that his stupid "works" can play ANY part in either earning or keeping his salvation cheapens grace, devaluing this infinite gift to the level of human effort.
The term "falling from grace" makes the same error. Since our works had NOTHING whatsoever to do with meriting grace in the first place, there is NOTHING we could ever do that would cause us to no longer merit it and thus "fall" from it. "Works" decide reward or punishment (1 Cor.3:12-15) . . . NEVER one's salvation, which comes ONLY by God's grace. The problem is . . . confusing grace and works.
God's amazing grace and man's faulty works can NEVER mix.
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. (KJV) . . . Salvation CANNOT be a part by works and a part by grace.
Works have NOTHING at all do with salvation. Plainly stated in the Bible!
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast. (KJV) . . . Eternal life must be received as a free gift of God's grace, or we cannot have it.
Salvation CANNOT be purchased . . . not even a tiny part! Salvation demands payment of the penalty for sin . . . a payment we simply could NEVER make. Romans 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin. (KJV)
IF salvation cannot be earned by good deeds, then it CANNOT be lost by bad deeds. Our works play absolutely NO part in earning OR keeping salvation. If it did, those who reach Heaven could boast that Christ saved them . . . BUT by their good lives, they kept their salvation. Absolutely FALSE! If that were true, God would be robbed of having ALL the glory in eternity.
Salvation can be given to us as a free gift ONLY if the penalty has been fully paid. We have violated God's infinite Justice, and that requires an infinite penalty on our part. We are finite beings and could NEVER pay the penalty. We would be separated from God for eternity (2 Thes.1:8-9).
God is infinite and could pay an infinite penalty, but it would not be just because GOD is not a member of the human race. So, since God cannot die, His being eternal (Gen.21:33; Deut.33:27; Job 36:26), He had to make a Plan to save the sinners of the world. Therefore God the Father, in love and grace, sent His only begotten Son (John 3:16) through the virgin birth, to become a Man so that He could die on the cross of Calvary to pay the penalty of sin for the sins of ALL the world . . . to those who would trust and believe! (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2).
Christ's agonizing cry from the cross, "It is finished!" is an accounting term, meaning that the debt had been paid in full. Justice had been satisfied by full payment of its penalty, and now God could "be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus" (Rom 3:26). On this basis alone, God offers pardon and eternal life as a free GIFT. He will NOT force it upon anyone, or it would not be a gift. Neither would it be just to pardon anyone who rejects God's One and Only righteous Plan, Christ Jesus. And when God pardons someone, it is COMPLETE! It is NOT some hopelessly inadequate part-payment with the person having to add something to it! Once saved, always saved!!!
God's salvation is the FULL PARDON by grace from the penalty of ALL sin, past, present or future; with eternal life as a grand bonus! To DENY this Truth, is to DENY Jesus and DENY the Holy Word of God. All cults, such as Jehovah's Witnesses, reject salvation by grace and insist that it must be earned by one's good works. They accuse evangelicals of teaching that all we need to do is to say we believe in Christ and then we can live as we please, even in the worst of sins, yet be sure of Heaven. THAT is utterly ABSURD!!!
Evangelicals do NOT teach anything like this, yet this same complaint is made by those who believe in "falling away." They say that "once saved, always saved" encourages a person to live in sin because if we know we cannot be lost then we have no reason for living a holy life. They have this all wrong! Our love and gratitude for the dear One who saved us is a tremendous motive for living a holy life! And the greater the salvation one has received, the more love and gratitude there will be. Knowing one is secure for eternity gives us the best motive for living a good life. To fear losing one's salvation if we sin, does not go along with Jesus' Words. John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (KJV)
Those who believe in "falling from grace" are right that good works cannot earn salvation, yet they teach that salvation is KEPT by good works. How ridiculous! How can we be saved by grace, but then afterwards, salvation can be lost by works. THAT is NOT Biblical! To teach that our good works keep our salvation is the same error as to say that good works earn salvation. It denies grace to say that once I have been saved by grace I must then keep myself saved by my works. DUMB! Those who reject "once saved, always saved," can replace it only with, "once lost, always lost!"
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. (KJV)
To call it eternal life, if the person who had it could lose it and suffer eternal death, would be a mockery of our precious Saviour and Lord, Christ Jesus. Eternal life is linked with the wonderful Promise that we CANNOT perish! Isn't this a crystal clear assurance of "eternal security" or "once saved, always saved"??? John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (KJV)
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV) . . . We could not ask for a clearer or greater assurance than the words of Jesus: John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (KJV) . . . If, having received eternal life, we could lose it and perish, these words would make Christ Jesus a liar. MY Jesus is NOT a liar!
If sin makes us lose salvation, what kind of sin is it that does this? OR, how much sin does it take? There is absolutely NO verse in the Bible that tells us. Instead we are told: 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV) . . . So, according to this, any sin can be forgiven. Question: Do those who teach falling away, ever say they got "saved again"???
Some teach that one must be baptized to be saved; others that one must "speak in tongues."BOTH these are forms of salvation by works. Some people lack assurance of salvation because they have not "spoken in tongues," others are confident they are saved because they think they have. Both are like those who say: "Lord, Lord, have we not...in thy name done many wonderful works?" (Mat. 7:21-23). They rely on their works to prove they are saved, instead of upon God's grace. Never does Jesus say, "You were once saved but lost your salvation" He says, "I never knew you."
Those who believe in "falling away" say a Christian who has denied the faith and is living in unrepentant sin, has "fallen from grace" and has "lost his salvation." Those who believe in "eternal security," while no more tolerant of such conduct, would say of the same person that probably Christ "never knew him" that he/she was never a Christian to start with.
We must give the comfort and assurance of Scripture to those who ARE saved; BUT . . . we must NOT give false and unbiblical comfort to those who say they are saved but DENY with their lives what they so verbally profess with their lips.
We are NOT saved by our works! In I Corinthians 3:12-15 every Christian's works are tried by fire at the "judgment seat of Christ" before which "we must all appear" (2 Cor 5:10). At this Judgment, good works shall bring rewards, and a lack of good works, a loss of rewards. A lack of good works does NOT cause loss of salvation. The believer who does not even have one good work (all of his works are burned up) is still "saved; yet so as by fire" (1 Cor 3:15). WE would not think such a person was saved at all. Yet one who may seem outwardly not to be a Christian, who has no good works as evidence (if he has truly received the Lord Jesus Christ as his Saviour), is "saved as by fire" and shall never perish in spite of his lack of works.
Do we then, on the basis of "once saved, always saved," encourage Christians to "sin that grace may abound?" With Paul we boldly say, "God forbid!" We offer NO comfort or assurance to those living in sin. We do NOT say, you are OK okay because you once made a "decision for Christ." Instead, we warn them: "If you are not willing to live fully for Christ Jesus as Lord of your life, HOW can you say that you were sincere when you supposedly committed yourself to Him?"
2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? (KJV) . . . You know in your heart IF you believe God or not! You know in your heart IF Jesus Christ is in you! You know in your heart IF you have complete peace and assurance of eternal life. IF you do not have peace within, you do NOT have Jesus! You do NOT have eternal security! You do NOT have eternal life!
Our assurance and confidence for eternal security rests in God's unchanging love and grace! We rest in the sufficiency of God’s provision in Christ . . . NOT in our self worth or works or performance. Only when we completely understand this, can we have real peace with God. Only when we really love Him and live for Him out of deep heart-felt love and gratitude for the eternal life He has given to us as a free GIFT of His grace . . . a GIFT that He will NOT take back and which He assures us can never be lost! We MUST believe God!
If anyone is lost, he was never saved to start with! Eternal life would NOT be eternal if it could be lost. Salvation would NOT be salvation IF it could be lost! IF a single saved person is ever lost, God has failed. IF a single person is ever lost, Christ was insufficient to keep them saved and God is unfaithful to them. THAT is simply NOT so!
Once in grace, always in grace and once a son always a son. Once saved, always saved! OSAS!!! Eternal security is just that . . . eternal!!! You either believe God or you don't!
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