The Calvinist Doctrine of Eternal Security:
20 Rhetorical Questions answered by the Bible.
Many modern evangelicals believe in eternal security, a doctrine
that they derive from the scripture in Romans 8:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
However, in so doing they assume that "the love of Christ" (v35, 39) is the same thing as "Salvation"
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
The overall question remains...
Though the Love of God for man does not cease, and though he is not willing that any should perish, is the fact that God loves us and desires us tantamount to Salvation itself? Or is Romans 8 referring to those who are already abiding in Christ and who are being challenged in their faith toward their destruction? Does Romans 8 mean that one is Eternally Secure once professing Jesus Christ? Or does it mean that for one who is born again, that they cannot be ripped away from God against their will no matter what comes against them?
I thought to answer this question that I would begin by writing an essay, but I decided that it was best to actually pose rhetorical questions and let the scriptures speak for themselves.
1. Why Endure if you are Eternally Secure?
22And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
2. How can the Eternally Secure who know God and willfully walk away from Him denying Christ, not escape his wrath?
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
3. Why should the Eternally Secure "patiently continue in well-doing"?
7To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
8But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
4. Are the Eternally Secure continuously obedient?
14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
5. Why should the Eternally Secure remain diligent in God's Word at all?
1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
6. Can the Eternally Secure neglect their salvation and escape the wrath of God?
3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the
Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
7. Why must the Eternally Secure person "take up his cross daily"? Shouldn't it be enough that person picked it up once to be saved? After all, why should the Eternally Secure person need to go back to the cross at all, having gone once?
23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily,
and follow me.
8. Can the Eternally Secure person sin and not die?
4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
9. Can the Eternally Secure person or church have their minds so deceived by Satan as to lose their salvation?
2 Corinthians 11
3But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
10. Can the church, the collective of Eternally Secure people, be conquered in this world?
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent
take it by force.
11. Can someone rob a Christian of their salvation?
11 Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.
12. Peter Denied Christ. Was he Eternally Secure?
But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
13. Can we deny Christ and maintain that we are Eternally Secure, having once professed Him?
2 Timothy 2:12
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
14. Can one know God, exhibit no fruit, and yet be Eternally Secure by their profession of Faith?
16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and
unto every good work reprobate.
15. Is one "Once Saved, Always Saved?"
2 Peter 2
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
16. Can one be saved from the world and still partake of it without risk to salvation?
62And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
17. What happens if "We" (the elect) deny Christ or refuse to suffer for his Name?
1 Timothy 2
12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
18. Can we continue to sin and expect that our Eternal Security will keep us saved?
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more
sacrifice for sins,
19. Can people who have been sanctified for salvation lose their salvation? Can they be totally lost? Or are those who have partaken of salvation and who deny Christ still Eternally Secure?
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were
made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of
God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
20. Will all professing Christians make it to heaven?
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh
Of the Father of the Eternal Security Doctrine, John Calvin, was he Eternally Secure after burning people alive in condemnaton for disagreeing with him?
1 John 4:1
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles.
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
So what then is the conclusion of the weight of sripture. With honest inquiry, it is simple to understand that salvation came at a great price. Though Christ may embue the believer with the "earnest of (his) inheritance", Salvation is only guaranteed for those who abide in Him and maintain their faith, overcoming the world.
Those who "neglect so great a salvation" certainly run the risk, accoring to the Bible of forsaking their inheritance.
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
So, if there be FEW that find it, and not many who will be saved, it is comforting to know that Christ reminded us:
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: