|Eternal Security||Is it okay to sin?||What must I do to be saved?|
|Saved by grace but...||Can you be sure you are saved?||What is Faith?|
|What is Atonement?||What is Justification?||What is Grace?|
Yes, we believe in the eternal
security of those who have been born again by the spirit
of God. This is what is often referred to as the “once saved always
Many say this doctrine “gives a license
to sin”, which of course it does not. I usually respond to those
who do not believe we have eternal security by reminding them that
they sin just as much without a license as those who they believe
are given a license. “If we say that we have no
sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1
I believe that most of the confusion comes
from not fully understanding the works
of Jesus on the cross and the finality
of His sacrifice as the Lamb of God. I believe most scoff at the
doctrine of eternal security without ever finding out what all it
entails and are influenced by what others tell them rather than
searching out the matter for themselves.
Differences of doctrinal opinions come
in many varieties of various denominations, and it is almost impossible
to address all of them. Before I begin to address this issue, it
needs to be pointed out that there are, however, clear doctrinal
distinctions which classify a pseudo-Christian cult from Christianity.
There are some common threads among all cults, (Mormonism, Jehovah’s
Witnesses, Christian Science, The Way International, The Unification
Church, and more.) and they are as follows:
1. They all deny that Jesus is the eternal God, the second person of the Godhead. In some form or another, they all teach that Jesus became God (or a god) through good works.
Not only does this description fit all pseudo-Christian
cults, but it also fits every religion in the entire world.
The only difference between the other world religions and Christian
cults is that Christian cults claim that the
Bible is the source for their beliefs, while the other world
religions use sources other than the Bible for theirs. Judaism is
the only exception since they use the Torah, which is composed of
the first five books of the Christian Bible. Even at that, the above
description fits Judaism as well.
Before anyone accuses me of tagging all other
Christians as being cultic, I need to point out that there
is a difference between sincere differences of doctrinal beliefs
and opinions and false heretical teachings of pseudo-Christian cults.
The main indication of a cult is the denial that Jesus and the Holy
Spirit are God, the second and third person of the “trinity”.
I reject any doctrinal teachings that are detrimental
to salvation. As for the rest, (even though I may not agree)
I can accept in the bonds of Christian love and consider others
of different opinions and doctrines as brothers and sisters in the
Lord. However, I have a problem with some teachings I consider detrimental
to our walk with the Lord. In my opinion,
I believe one of the doctrinal beliefs which hinders our walk with
the Lord is the teaching that we lose our salvation every time we
sin and that we need to be saved over and over. With this
teaching, we can never be sure of our salvation until we stand before
the judgment seat of Christ, and hope that our good works outweigh
Many argue that they do not teach this,
(and there are many variations of this teaching) however, no matter
how it is covered up in religious jargon, the fact remains that
according to them, we can never be sure of our salvation. This teaching
is salvation based upon our works of righteousness
and is performance oriented. This makes our salvation a “conditional
salvation”, which is determined not by God’s grace but by our
Taking the above statement and applying it
to the third common thread of all Pseudo-Christian cults
and all world religions, (which is the denial of salvation
by grace) doesn’t this teaching put the burden of obtaining salvation
our works of righteousness on the same level as theirs?
This works oriented
teaching opens up a whole quagmire of other
doctrines, which I believe are not all necessarily cultic or detrimental
to salvation, but they certainly hinder our walk with Jesus in reaching
out to the lost with love and grace in an attitude of humbleness
and meekness. All too often I see in many Christian circles that
Amazing grace is no longer so amazing.
Seldom do I hear the term “I am nothing more
than a sinner saved by grace” anymore. Instead, it is
being replaced with “I am no longer a sinner”.
More and more I also hear the very disturbing terms, “I
am becoming as God”, and worse yet, flat out statements
of heresy such as, “I am God”.
All too often does one error lead to another error, and in the end,
it becomes the blind leading the blind.
What is the end of error? It will always
end up as man believing he is becoming God in himself, and when
that happens, there is no room for God Himself. When it comes to
this point, no matter how it may be covered up in religious garb,
it has become a full-blown pseudo-Christian cult.
At this time, I have probably offended many,
and the purpose of this writing is not to do so, but is rather intended
to sound a warning. The fall of Satan and of man was pride, pride
in their own selves in believing they can become as God without
God being their God.
Whether this attitude is spoken publicly or only
in the heart, it doesn’t really matter because God knows
the heart of man. “The heart is deceitful above
all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” (Jeremiah
17: 9) “For the Lord seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh
on the heart. (1 Samuel 16: 7)
Then aren’t you saying it is okay to sin?
I am constantly amazed with this response.
Can anyone see where I said it is okay to sin, and do you know of
anyone who believes in eternal security who says it is okay to sin?
We need to be clear on the matter of sin. It is not a matter of
“IF” we sin; it is a matter of “WHEN we
sin”. Sin is the same no matter if you believe you lose your
salvation or if you believe in eternal security.
Most generally for those
I encounter on this subject, it becomes a question of the
keeping of the Law. Many still insist that as Christians, we are
bound by the Law, even though the entire New Testament teaches that
salvation comes from God, by His grace through the finished
works of the sacrificial atonement for the sins of man
through Jesus. In demonstration of His power, He raised Jesus from
the grave, in a glorified body, as the eternal
living sacrificial Lamb of God. “Behold
the Lamb of God who taketh away the sin of the world.” (John
What must I do to be saved? (Acts: 16: 30)
This simple yet profound truth is an offense
and a stumbling block to those who believe
we gain access into heaven through the keeping of the Law. If the
Law could bring righteousness, then there was no need for Jesus.
If the Law cannot bring righteousness before we come to know
Jesus, then how can it bring righteousness after we know
Jesus? This is exactly what the Apostle Paul says in Galatians 2:21,
“I do not frustrate the grace of God:
for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead
in vain.” “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every
one that hangeth on a tree:” (Gal: 3: 13) “For
I testify again to every man that is circumcised, (those
who live under the law) that he is a debtor to do the whole law. Christ is become of no effect
unto you, whosoever of you are justified (or believes you
are justified) by the law; ye are fallen from
grace.” (Gal.5: 3-4) “And by him
(Jesus) all that believe are justified from all
things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”
I agree that we are saved by grace, but...
No. Whenever a “but” concludes that statement,
you do not believe we are saved by grace; you believe it is always
grace plus something added. This is what Paul once again
says on the matter, “so that I might finish my
course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the
Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.”
(Acts 20:24) “And if by grace, then is it no
more works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works,
then it is no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.”
How can you be so sure that you are saved and won’t lose your salvation?
If my salvation were dependent upon me,
then I could say with certainty, I know I would not make it to heaven.
However, consider the following: I am certain of my salvation because
it has nothing at all to do with me and Jesus said, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to Me shall never hunger:
and he that believeth on Me shall never thirst. All that
the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me
I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven,
not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. And this
is the Father’s will which hath sent Me, that of all which
He hath given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again
the last day. And this is the will of Him that sent Me, that
every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may
have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”
I know that I have eternal security in Jesus
because the Father has given me His faith to believe
that by His grace Jesus atoned for my sins, totally
and completely and eternally as the sacrificial Lamb of God. Because
of His atonement, I have been sanctified and He is
Now, where does this leave me? It leaves
me with nothing to glory about in myself, because Jesus did it all
and left me with nothing to brag about. “But God, Who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved
us. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with
Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
and hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly
places in Christ Jesus. That in the ages to come He might shew the
exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness towards us through
Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:4-9)
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