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  • The Misrepresentation of Eternal Security


    When it comes to doctrinal differences in the Church, most donít realize it, but Godís Word says, "For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you." (1 Cor 11:19 KJV). In our walk and even within our local fellowships we have all been effected one way or another by doctrinal divisions. There is one teaching that has caused more division, in the last hundred years, than any other. This teaching is still heavily disputed among todayís born again believers. It has been called by different names but is often referred to as "Eternal Security". Most people have already taken a side when it comes to this teaching and some believe that both sides have some good points. The only problem is that points and opinions donít mean anything when it comes to validity. Search the scriptures, Godís Word is not divided.

    One things for sure, believers who have a difference of opinion on this issue should agree that the Bible either supports one side or the other. It is black or white. Either it fully supports this teaching and condemns the other side, or vise a versa. Gods word should flow together with the doctrines that we have accepted as truth. All to often we interpret the Bible according to the doctrines that we have predetermined are true. Godís Word is truth and should stand above all our preconceived beliefs. His Word should be the final authority when determining if our beliefs and what we are being taught is true.

    The Name Game

    The title of this newsletter was chosen for a very simple reason, to bring into the light how this doctrine is misrepresented. If it is indeed true then there is no reason to misrepresent it. But if it is a lie, misrepresenting it would be necessary to give this unstable and unsupported teaching more credibility.

    "Eternal Security" is the name that has been given to this doctrine by those who believe in this teaching. The name, "Eternal Security" is our first misrepresentation. Both sides of this issue believe in Godís provision, in Christ, of eternal security. The Bible makes it very clear that we have a promise of eternal security throughout scripture. The difference between the two sides of these teachings are not whether we have eternal security through faith in Christ, but whether or not this eternal security is conditional or unconditional once received. A proper name for this teaching should be "Unconditional Eternal Security", which we will refer to in this news letter as (UES) from this point on. By properly naming this teaching, the believer should have a better perspective of what the real differences are, and should be able to understand both sides for what they represent. They might see that the opposition to UES believes, we maintain access to the promises and grace of God through a conditional means, which the Bible teaches is faith. (Rom 5:2a KJV) "By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand,Ö.". If this doctrine were properly named we might also understand what is actually being taught, which is, once salvation is established, we are unconditionally saved forever. Even if we harden our hearts to a place were we want nothing to do with Jesus, blatantly sinning unto our deathbeds, it does not matter, we are stuck spending eternity with Him, whether we like it or not. This side would argue that anyone who is truly converted would never come to a place were they would live a life of blatant sin, to the point were they would want nothing to do with Jesus. This statement, which is spoken out of feelings, may sound good, but if we want to know if it holds water, we have to search the scriptures. The Bible speaks of a warfare (spirit against the flesh) that is going on within the believer (Gal 5:16-21 KJV) "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, (a choice we have to make daily) and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. {17} For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. {18} But if (conditional) ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. {19} Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, {20} Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, {21} Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

    If it were impossible for us to do all the terrible things that Paul, in this and many other letters, warns us not to do, then why, as brethren, are we warned not to do these things? Sinning brings about a hardening of the heart, that could lead to a departing from God, which in turn could lead to totally abandoning Him. (Heb 3:12-15 KJV) "Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. {13} But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. {14} For we are made partakers of Christ, if (conditional) we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; {15} While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation." Heb 13:8 says "God is the same yesterday today and forever". Paul, in almost all of his letters, used Godís dealings with Israel as an example. He wanted to warn us that God is still the same God who spread the carcasses of Israel all over the desert, for the hardening of their Hearts, and unbelief towards Him. God also turned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemning them with an overthrow, making them an example unto those that after should live ungodly. (1 Cor 10:6-11, 2 Peter 2:6).

    Predestination

    As you can see we as true believers do have a choice to remain in, or depart from the faith. Some, who believe in UES, believe that we do not have free will to choose even salvation itself. They believe God has already predestined those who will go to Heaven, and those who are going to Hell. God, being all knowing, knows who will accept His Son and who will reject Him, but the choice is still ours to make. (John 3:16 KJV) "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." The "whosoever believeth" in this verse makes everlasting life our choice. There will not be one person in Hell that did not choose to be there. In the Bible and in our lives, God has shown Himself to be a God of love and ethical justice. No one will end up in Hell just because they are sinners. If this were so we would all go there, for we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). The only reason anyone will end up in Hell is because they chose to embrace death by deliberately rejecting the Life that is in Christ.

    To remain in Christ, is to be predestined to Heaven. Noahís family was predestined to life after the flood, by staying in the ark. Anyone that was in Noahís ark escaped the judgment of God. Those that had the Passover lambs blood sprinkled on the upper side post of the door, were predestined, if they remained in their houses, to escaped the death Angel. We are predestined to get to Heaven, if we keep ourselves, through faith, in the only Way that any one can get there, and that is in Christ. Like Noahís ark, Christ is the vehicle of predestination and those who are found in Christ (whether dead in Him or alive in Him) are predestined to Eternal Life. (Eph 1:5-11). We are warned to remain in Him, for Him to remain in us (John 15:4, 1 John 2:24). Faith is how we gain access to Him and remaining in Faith is how we continue to Have access to Him (Rom 5:2). Any one that believes in UES can not believe that we have free will to choose our own destination. Even if they believe that we have free will to make a choice to get saved, they have to believe that once we are saved, we then lose our free will, because whether we continue in faith or not we are going to Heaven. Free will is taken away from them at the point of salvation. No matter what is believed, according to scripture, we can choose to continue or depart, and if we choose to live in sin, there is a possibility of our heart getting hardened to a place, that we depart, and want nothing to do with God.

    We have Birthrights

    Those opposed to UES believe, the only way we can lose our salvation as a Christian is to abandon Him totally. They believe that this is the result of a continual grieving of the Holy Spirit through the rebellious participation of deliberate sin. He will never leave us, nor forsake us but the one thing that is not listed in the question of who or what can separate us from the love of Christ in Rom 8:35,38,39 is ourselves. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? {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."

    Godís love is in Christ and if we continue in Christ he will continue in us. (John 15:4 KJV) "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me." This word abide is a verb. The Strongs definition for abide is to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy):--abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for). If Paul went to such an extent to list all these things that can not separate us from Godís love, and UES is true, why doesnít he just come out and say, that even if you wanted to, you could not separate yourself from Him?

    Esau was able to separate himself from the love of God. The Bible says that God loved Jacob, but He hated Esau (Mal 1:2-3). God originally loved Esau, just like he does everyone in the world, because he is no respecter of persons (Eph 6:9). It is not His will that any perish (2 Pet 3:9). "God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. {18} He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:17-18 KJV). Godís love is in Christ (Rom 8:39), and to reject Christ, is to reject Godís love. God proved this love for us by giving us His only Son, which He had foretold He would do from the very Beginning (Gen 3:15). Jesus said "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13 KJV). Godís love is indeed evident in Christ, but that still leaves us with the question, why did God hate Esau? What did Esau do, that it caused God to say in His Word, that He hated him, for all creation, and the Angels in heaven, to see and hear, for all eternity? It probably had something to do with his birthright. The Bible says that Esau despised his birthright (Gen 25:34). As a matter of fact he sold it for some measly pottage and a little bread. Esauís birthright is a type and shadow of the birthright that we have in Christ through faith as born again believers. For a believer to reject Christ by deliberately continuing to sin, through unbelief, is to reject Godís love. God has given all He can give in Jesus, (Eph 1:3) and to totally abandon continuing in Jesus, is to despise your birthright and to sell it.

    Works Salvation

    The next misrepresentation we are going to look at is that of labeling those, who do not believe in UES, as believing in a works salvation. This is a hard accusation, because anyone who believes in a works salvation is believing in another gospel and can not even be considered our brothers or sisters. To proceed from here, we need to know what makes us Christians. According to the Bible, the criteria for a Christian is in the belief, that what God did through Christ, is sufficient for the full forgiveness of sins. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God" (Eph 2:8 KJV). Godís grace is how we are saved, and our faith is the vehicle by which we have access to this grace. The reference to "and that not of yourselves" is saying "not of our own works, but to Christís finished work on the cross". Godís gift of salvation has nothing to do with anything that we do. Not even our faith. Faith is just our way of receiving His gift of grace and continuing in it. Faith is how we walk (Rom 4:12 & 2 Cor 5:12), it is how we stand (Rom 5:2), it is even how we live (Gal 2:20 & Heb 10:38) and we walk, stand and live in Christ, (who is our Life and Salvation,) through faith.

    To trust in the cross, is to abandon all faith in any means of attaining salvation of our own ability. It is realizing that as we were hopelessly on our way to Hell, God, being a God of justice, out of pure love, sent His own Son to take our place for the punishment that was required for our sins. The only way we could have escaped Hell, and the justice of God be appeased, was through the death of Jesus. By our Faith in Him, we are acknowledging, that we believe we could never have stood in our own righteousness, before such a Holy God. To trust in Jesus is to acknowledge that we have no other place to turn, and therefore have thrown ourselves at the mercy of Christ, the only Way, that God made to Himself. This may sound complicated, but it can all be summed up in three words "believe in Jesus" and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

    If the belief that salvation is conditional by faith, puts one in the category of trusting in a works salvation, then all who are saved, were saved through their works. The reason being is that, the Bible speaks of the condition of accepting His grace has to be done through faith, and without faith it is impossible to please Him (Heb 11:6). This is exactly what the opposition to UES, believes is the condition of remaining partakers of His grace, (faith), as stated in (Rom 5:2). The Bible says in (Col 2:6 KJV) "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:" We are to remain in Him the same way we received Him, (through faith). And how do we walk ye in Him? "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)" (2 Cor 5:7 KJV).

    Sons of Abraham

    Because of the vast amount or scripture making salvation conditional upon faith, the recruiters of UES conjure up a solution by dividing faith into phases, calling them "phase one and phase two faith". They are also known as "saving faith and working faith". By dividing faith into two phases they can disregard all references in scripture that make salvation conditional upon faith. When confronted with one of these references they will say "Oh, that is phase two faith, or that is referring to working faith, not saving faith". Faith is faith, and if there are two different types necessary in presenting the Gospel, then why didnít Paul, or one of the writers of the New Testament, or even Jesus Himself, speak on this. As a matter of fact, Paul did mention something concerning this, but it was to verify that there is only one faith (Eph 4:4-6 KJV) "There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; {5} One Lord, one faith, one baptism, {6} One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."

    One of the biggest mistakes made by those who trust in UES, is their misconception of what faith is. They think that the faith spoken of in the Bible is a single event of faith, that never has to be continued. Faith is a verb and if you are not continuing in it, then you are unbelieving. You are walking according to your flesh. The Bible says that if we walk in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Gal 5:16). And how do we walk? "We walk by faith not by sight" (2 Cor 5:7).

    Abraham was referred to as the Father of all who believe because of his example of a life of faith, not because he believed once and then lived faithlessly. We are also called children of Abraham, but there is a condition to those who can take this title for their own. That condition is described in Rom 4:11-13 "And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: {12} And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. {13} For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith". As you can see, faith, as presented by the Bible, is a walk, and a way of life.

    Perseverance

    It is amazing how we can cling to something that can be traced to the serpents first words in the garden, "You shall not surly die". The Bible deals vastly, in an intense way, with the doctrine of Perseverance, and the necessity of it, when it comes to inheriting the promises of God. (Heb 6:12 KJV) "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

    (Luke 21:19 KJV) "In your patience possess ye your souls." The Strongs definition for the word patience, used in this verse, means endurance, constancy:--enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting). This same Greek word is used 33 times throughout the New Testament, re-enforcing the necessity of perseverance.

    Jesus Himself taught of perseverance in the parable of "I am the Vine and ye are the branches". In it, He speaks of the branches that partake of the life, which comes only from remaining in the Vine. Who are the branches? This could not be in reference to unbelievers. Jesus said, we (believers) are the branches. What happens if you abide in Him without bearing fruit? You are cut off. What is the fruit? (Gal 5:22-23 KJV) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, {23} Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." We can bear fruit only as we remain in Christ (the Vine) and a branch cannot bear fruit of itself except it remain in the vine, "no more can ye, except ye remain in me" (John 15:4).Count how many times Jesus refers to continuing, abiding, and remaining in John 15:1-11 It is 11 times in that one short parable. I think He is trying to tell us something?

    One last example of the Bibles blatant references to the vital necessity of persevering is in Col 1:21-23 "And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled {22} In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: {23} If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard.

    Dave Hunt recently said in his newsletter, "The Berean Call", "we are saved by faith alone". I would like to know what Bible he is reading. You can have all the faith in the world, but without the grace of God you would have still ended up in Hell. Catholics Buddhists, Hindus, all have faith, and their faith will not save any of these men. We are not saved by faith. It is by grace we are saved, through faith. In James 2:17 it says "Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone". So the only way that you can have faith alone is if itís dead. The Bible also says in James 2:22 "Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?" For faith to be valid, it cannot be alone, and has to be continued. (Heb 10:38-39 KJV) "Now the just shall live by faith: but if (conditional) any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. {39} But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul". The Strongs definition for the word perdition is {ruin or loss (phys., spiritual or eternal):--damnable (-nation), destruction, die, perdition, X perish, pernicious ways, waste.}

    Our salvation is in Christ, He is what saves us. By applying our faith, (which is the way we access grace), in Him, we are justified. This vehicle of faith, when put in Christ, will bring forth a by-product of works. No one, apart from Christ, is justified through works, but when faith is put in Christ, the by-product of works validates our faith.

    NO FEAR

    Christians are dependent on Jesus for the rest of their life for salvation, for without Him we can do nothing (John 15:5). The promoters of UES intimidate those who put their trust in it for salvation, to remain believing in it. Instead of continual dependency in Christ for salvation, the recruiters teach, "if you donít continue believing salvation is unconditional, you must not really be saved". This is also their explanation for apostasy A conditional eternal security is not negotiable to anyone that clings to this belief. UES practically takes the place of Jesus, and becomes salvation within itself. It is almost cultic in the fact that it holds its victims prisoner. Instead of being dependent on Jesus daily for salvation, they are gambling on a doctrine that tells them, "as long as they made a commitment to Christ at one point in their lives, they are Heaven bound". Many who trust UES believe, and have said, "that they will go to Heaven no matter how they live their lives". Please tell me who this sounds like, Jesus or the Devil? A dear brother in Christ recently described the doctrine of UES this way, "no love, no fear, no faith, and no commitment". Through this teaching Christians take on the façade of being self-sufficient. After ones conversion, Jesus and the Bible are no longer necessary to continue in, for one to get into Heaven. According to UES, once youíve been truly saved, from that point on, salvation is guaranteed, whether you continue in Jesus or not. The only part works play in this teaching, concerns rewards only. Paul was convinced that God was able to keep that which he had committed (2 Tim 1:12) This is not saying that God will also keep that which we donít continue to commit. The right to sin is what is ultimately being taught here. If you are truly walking in the faith, this doctrine is not necessary. Christians that walk in the flesh, and donít want to put the flesh to death through the Spirit, are the only ones that actually need this teaching.

    Lets do the Twist

    The last misrepresentation that we will deal with is that of scripture. One verse that is commonly misrepresented by those who believe in UES is (John 10:28-29 KJV) "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. {29} My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." Who is the "them and they" referring to in this promise? It is true that no one can pluck this particular sect away from God. It is also true that they have eternal life and will never perish. The problem with the way this verse is presented is that verse 27 is left out. Verse 27 refers to whom the "them and they" are. (John 10:27-29 KJV) "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: {28} And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. {29} My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand." It is only the sheep who hear His voice and follow Him that are eligible to claim these promises. What does the scripture say? (Phil 3:12 KJV) " Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus." So as you can see, one of the most commonly used verses to support the doctrine of UES is really conditional upon those who hear His voice, and continue to follow Him.

    Other verses that are amazingly used by those trying to justify UES are found in Heb chapter six. Here, what is supposed to be some of the strongest evidence for the existence of apostasy, is somehow twisted around to be used to say, "it is immpossible to lose your salvation". Leave it to Satan to take something that is supposed to bring about a fear and respect for God, and His Word, and make it just the opposite.

    (Heb 6:4-12 KJV) "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, (the Strongs definition for "fall away" is to apostatize) to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. {7} For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: {8} But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. {9} But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. {10} For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. {11} And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: {12} That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

    Some deny that this is even speaking of believers. Most however find it hard to convince people of this, with such statements as, "those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come". Some say that Paul is making a hypothetical statement which could never really happen when he says "If they shall fall away". According to Robert Shankís book "Life in the Son", there is no conditional participle present in the Greek text. The writer simply says tousÖ..parapesontas-"those who have fallen away" (second aorist active participle). There is nothing in either the language or the context to indicate that the instances of apostasy cited in Heb 6:4-6 are only hypothetical. Those who hold to UES take this text to say that "this is not a warning of apostasy, but rather a warning against imagining that apostasy is possible". Their reasoning comes from Paulís statement "But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you". They fail to reckon with the transition from the third person (those, they, and them) in verses 4-6 to the second person (you) in verse 9. The writer is persuaded of better things for "you" not "them".

    Most of those who misrepresent this text, usually donít say to much about verses 7 and 8. "For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." It is almost comparable to the vine and the branches parable. The Earth which takes in the life giving rain brings forth either thorns or herbs. Is it not the same with us?

    This warning is then all summed up in verse 12, which states a condition to all believers that seek to inherit the promises of God. "That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises".

    Our last verse, that we will call, "the missing link" of UES, (just like the missing link in the fossil record proving evolution), is still missing. Most that believe in UES look to this next verse as relief to the onslaught that is endured when confronting a Christian who knows what the Bible says concerning their doctrine. It is found in 1 Cor 3:10-15 "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. {11} For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. {12} Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; {13} Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. {14} If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. {15} If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."

    Some have interpreted the works described in this verse to mean sin. They would like to think that this is their justification to get saved and live like the Devil, only to have their sin all burnt up, and still be embraced by God for having made a one time commitment to Him. They think they can build off Christ (the Foundation) with their sin. But if Paul had meant to say sin here, he would have said it. Paul is not speaking of sin, but of works, whether they be done with or without the right motive.

    Some interpret this verse to mean, that while it is possible for Christians to lose their rewards, it is impossible for them to lose their salvation. Those who suffer loss in this passage will be men who, though they did not build well, yet built, on the only foundation that anyone can trust for salvation. Despite their efforts they are nevertheless saved by continuing on the foundation of salvation, which is Christ. Paul is in no way saying that by abandoning this foundation it is impossible to lose your salvation.

    This passage is a glimpse of what will take place in Heaven, when those who continued on the foundation, receive their rewards. These people have already made it to Heaven, and this is in no way saying that those who are not there yet, can live any way they want and still have Eternal Life. How these men built on this foundation, that by continuing on got them into Heaven, is what is being dealt with in this passage.

    Apostasy

    Every warning to believers in the Bible that has the end result of death in Hell, is always interpreted as being just a physical death, and not apostasy, by those who hold to UES. And itís no wonder why, for an admital to anything other than physical death would be an utter denial of their doctrine. They not only make every reference to death limited to physical, but in doing so they turn the act of physical death, into the ultimate form of punishment for the believer. In other words to be absent from the body, as a Christian, is to be feared. If UES were true, could it really be considered punishment to leave this evil world, only to be with Jesus for eternity? Paul did not think so. Paul said in (2 Cor 5:8 KJV) "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." Death to a Christian is something that we should be looking forward to. (Phil 1:21 KJV) "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain"

    The evidence to support apostasy is overwhelmingly blatant throughout scripture. Here are just a few examples. (James 5:19-20 KJV) "Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; {20} Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." James is speaking to brethren about brethren. The Greek word err in this verse in the Strongs means to (go astray, deceive, err, seduce, wander, be out of the way), and the Greek word convert in the Strongs means to (come (go) again, convert, (re-) turn (about, again)).

    Another blatant example of apostasy is found in 1 Tim 5. Paul is instructing Timothy concerning the sisters in the Lord (1 Tim 5:5-6 KJV) "Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. {6} But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." Paul could not be talking about a physical death in this verse. The only way that you can be dead while you are still alive is apart from Christ.

    Another example is in (1 John 3:15 KJV) "Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him." Donít get me wrong, apostasy does not happen over night. James writes in James 1:14-16 "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. {15} Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. James was not speaking of unbelievers as evident in verse 16. James would not have used physical death to threaten a believer. Death meant nothing to these saved men. (1 Cor 15:55 KJV) "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory"?

    We need to stop twisting scripture and start believing it for what it says. (Rom 8:12-14 KJV) "Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. {13} For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if (conditional) ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. {14} For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God."

    (Gal 6:7-8 KJV) "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. {8} For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."

    Let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches.

    There are a couple of verses that describe the teaching and effects of UES so well, that I truly believe that God put this specifically in His Word to warn us of this Christian-compromising belief. What is amazing is who these passages are specifically directed to, the Church of the last days. (Rev 3:14-17 KJV) "And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; {15} I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. {16} So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. {17} Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked".

    What other teaching allows us to be wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked and still permits us to proclaim "thus yet, because I believe in UES, I am Rich, increased in goods, on my way to Heaven, and have need of nothing"? Jesus said that I would rather that you would be cold (in your sins) or hot (on fire for Him), but because you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth. Someone who is cold and in their sins is able to recognize their need to be further clothed in Christ (2 Cor 5:4). At the same time someone who is naked (deliberately continuing in sin) and thinks they are clothed (Heaven Bound, because they canít lose their salvation no matter what), can not be dealt with because they see no need for help. {I have need of nothing, (Rev 3:17)}. It is interesting to note that this lukewarm Church was in Christ, but because they thought they were all set when they werenít, they were spit out of Jesus. Whatever they were trusting in, it did not come through for them. This Church was deceived.

    Out of all the different doctrines that are expounded by Paul, Peter, being lead by the Holy Spirit, felt it necessary to reinforce Paulís teachings on perseverance. Peter found it expedient to warn of those who would pervert the teachings of Paul. He describes how they that are unlearned twist, to their own destruction, what Paul has written concerning the necessity of continuing in the faith, and make salvation something that does not have to be continued.

    (2 Pet 3:15-17 KJV) "And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; {16} As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. {17} Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness."

    There is nothing like it in scripture when it comes to finding support to refute the doctrine of UES Within the realm of teachings that are embraced by Christians, no other subject is dealt with the way this one is in the Bible. Perseverance, the endless warnings to believers practicing sin, conditional references to salvation, and outright blatant statements of "Be not deceived; God is not mocked," are fluent throughout scripture. It just goes to show the days we are living in. There is such a vast amount of scripture dealing with this subject, that it would have been possible to write this newsletter just by properly placing verses one right after another.

    Brothers and Sisters, think about what this doctrine teaches. If UES were true, how could Paul say to the Galatian believers, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace" (Gal 5:4 KJV).

    Like it was stated in the beginning, there is one thing that the two sides should be able to agree on, and that is, the scriptures will support only one side of this doctrine and the other side will not have a jot or tittle of scriptural support whatsoever. No matter what side you have taken, search the scriptures and test this teaching out, your salvation might depend on it.

    Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls

    (1 Pet 1:9 KJV). "

    Here is a list of scripture verses that, if you are interested in, should be looked over in light of what has been said concerning the teaching of Unconditional Eternal Security.

  • Deu 30:17-20
  • Psa 51:11
  • Isa 1:28
  • Jer 17:5
  • Ezek 3:20-21
  • Ezek 18:24-29
  • Ezek 33:12-20
  • Zep 1:6
  • Mat 5:13
  • Mat 6:15
  • Mat 7:19-27
  • Mat 10:22
  • Mat 13:3-8,18-23
  • Mat 18:23-35
  • Mat 24:13
  • Mat 25:1-30
  • Mark 13:13
  • Luke 12:42-48
  • John 6:66
  • John 8:31
  • John 15:1,2
  • Rom 1:28
  • Rom 8:35-39
  • Rom 11:11-24
  • Cor 6:9-11,16
  • 1 Cor 9:27
  • 1 Cor 10:1-12
  • 1 Cor 15:1,2
  • Gal 5:14-21
  • Col 1:21-23
  • 1 Th 3:8
  • 2 Th 2:3
  • 1 Tim 1:4-6
  • 1 Tim 1:18,19
  • 1 Tim 2:14,15
  • 1 Tim 4:1
  • 1 Tim 4:16
  • 1 Tim 6:10,20,21
  • 2 Tim 2:11-13
  • 2 Tim 2:16-18
  • 2 Tim 4:10
  • Phile 1:23,24
  • Heb 3:6
  • Heb 3:12-14
  • Heb 6:4-8
  • Heb 10:26-29
  • Heb 10:38,39
  • Heb 12:25
  • James 5:19,20
  • 2 Pet 2:15-22
  • 2 Pet 3:16-18
  • 1 John 1:7
  • 1 John 2:1-6
  • 1 John 3:15
  • 2 John 1:9
  • Jude 1:4
  • Rev 2:5
  • Rev 3:5
  • Rev 3:15-17
  • Rev 22:19


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