"Perseverance of the
(or "eternal security"
or "once saved always saved")
Bible Texts Calvinists
misuse to prove "Eternal Security"
2 Pet 3:16
"as also in all Paul's letters, speaking in them of
these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which
the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the
rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction."
We Speak truth in LOVE
Christians Cannot Sin: 1 Jn 3:9
- There are two key words in this passage commit and
- Commit from the Greek word POIEO.
This word refers to what one does repeatedly, continually, habitually.
It does not mean that a person does not occasionally sin, but
will not make a constant practice of sin.
- Cannot from the Greek word OUDUNAMAI. This means
morally unable and not that which is physically impossible
- "And so the word in our verse does not mean that the
child of God has come to the place where he is physically unable
to do any wrong, but that he is morally restrained from it, just
as a good man who is asked to join another in some came would
reply, ""O, no, I couldn't do anything like that."
(E.M. Zerr, Bible Commentary, volume 6, p. 284 )
- The Greek words literally mean, "cannot continue to PRACTICE
- John plainly says that Christians do sin: 1 Jn 1:8-10; 2:1-2
- The passage is saying that a Christian cannot sin and be consistent
- some "never cease from sin" 2 Pe 2:14 does not mean
they are forced to sin, but choose to
Eternal Life Argument: Jn 3:16;
- The above texts prove Christians can be lost
- Eternal life is conditional upon our obedience to God's word
prior to judgement: Heb 3:6,14
Power Of God Argument: Jn 10:29;
- The above texts prove Christians can be lost...salvation is
conditional prior to judgement.
- Being a sheep and being in the hand of God is conditional.
- Hearing Christ (v. 27)
- Believing Christ (v. 26)
- Following Christ (v. 27)
- As long as a person remains a sheep. But a sheep can wander
- What these passages are really teaching is that nothing can
harm the Christian who submits to God and obeys His commandments.
But if that individual starts to willingly disobey and openly
practice sin in rebellion to God will be lost. Here they leave
the security of the "hand of God".
- Jesus plainly said he would to unfaithful Christians "I
will spit you out of My mouth" Rev 3:16
- Jesus said he would "throw away branches that do not
abide in Him": Jn 15:6
- Romans 8:3539 faithful follower of Christ, "they
shall never perish."
- We cannot be separated from the love of
- But this verse does not teach that we can never be separated
from the salvation which is in Christ.
- Christ's love for man and salvation in Christ are two different
- We can separate ourselves from Christ, but not from His love.
If They Fall Away, They Weren't
Saved In The First Place: 1 Jn 2:19
- The Bible clearly teaches a Christian can fall away
- This passage merely says that at the time they "went
out" they were not saved. These could have been saved in
the past but fell away, then they "went out". If not
- This passage is directed towards those who embraced the Gnostic
teaching. These were blood bought believers who fell away from
the faith exactly as the Bible prophesied they would.
- The Bible does teach ""Security of the believer"
while the Christian remains faithful (2 Tim. 4:78). But
if we become unfaithful, we have no such promise. "The wages
of sin is death" (Rom. 6:23) even for an unfaithful
child of God.
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