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Why Eternal Security May Not Be a Sure Thing

The idea of 'once saved, always saved,' also known as eternal security, has stirred up debate in Christian circles for many years. This belief suggests that once you accept Jesus as your Savior, your salvation is secure for eternity, no matter what.


But is this really the case?


Let's take a closer look at why this concept may not hold up under scrutiny, both through scripture and a peek into early church history.


Why Eternal Security may not hold true: (Not an exhaustive list)

1. Hebrews 6:4-6 - The Bible is clear that believers can choose to turn away from their faith and reject salvation. This passage warns of the peril of falling away after experiencing the blessings of salvation.


2. Matthew 24:13 - Jesus himself tells us to endure to the end to be saved. This implies that salvation isn't a one-time deal for everyone who initially believes; it requires ongoing commitment and perseverance.


3. Matthew 13:20-21 - The parable of the sower shows that some who enthusiastically received the gospel later fall away due to challenges like persecution or distractions in life. It's a caution against assuming eternal security.


4. 1 Corinthians 9:27 - Even the Apostle Paul acknowledges the potential to lose his salvation if he doesn't stay disciplined. This highlights the need for continued effort and dedication in the faith journey.


5. 2 Peter 2:1 - Peter speaks of false teachers who could deny the Lord who saved them, suggesting that believers can walk away from their salvation. It's a reminder of the real risk of apostasy among those who claim to follow Christ.


6. Revelation 2:4-5, 3:2-3 - The book of Revelation issues warnings to the churches about the consequences of straying from their faith. These passages stress the importance of remaining faithful till the end.


7. Philippians 2:12-13, 2 Peter 1:5-10 - Believers are urged to persevere in faith and grow in holiness. If salvation were guaranteed once and for all, why the emphasis on ongoing spiritual growth and development?


8. James 2:24-26 - The idea of eternal security challenges the biblical principle of free will and the continual need for repentance and faith in Christ. It emphasizes the importance of demonstrating true salvation through faith and action.


Looking Back at Early Church Views on Perseverance:


While some, like Augustine, supported eternal security, early church fathers such as Pelagius, Tertullian, and Irenaeus highlighted the role of human free will in salvation. These differing viewpoints within the Church's early history show ongoing discussions about the perseverance of the saints.


In a Nutshell:

Though eternal security has its proponents, the scriptural cautions against falling away and the historical diversity of beliefs on the topic suggest that salvation isn't a one-time, guaranteed deal for all who believe.


Christians are called to stay faithful, keep growing in faith, and trust in God, recognizing their own role in maintaining a vibrant relationship with Christ.


So, while the notion of once saved, always saved may be appealing and comforting, there's more to the story when we dig deeper into the Word of God.


While we recognize that perfection is not required for salvation and that salvation cannot be earned through good works alone, we firmly reject the notion of 'easy believism' - the belief that one can continue living a life of sin without consequences and still consider themselves saved. (Ephesians 2:8-9)


The Bible clearly states in James 2:26 that "faith without works is dead," emphasizing the importance of living out our faith through actions. Additionally, Galatians 5:19-21 warns against the works of the flesh, indicating that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Therefore, it is crucial to align our beliefs with the teachings of the Bible and strive to live a life that is pleasing to God.


Please note: We believe that the devil cannot take us away from God's protection. The devil is not that powerful to break a promise from God.


However, we do believe, we have the freedom to choose just like Adam and Eve did - to follow God's ways and have a close relationship with Him, or to disobey. Our choices impact our relationship with God. It's important to understand that we have the responsibility to make choices that reflect God's will in our lives, or our own wills that reflect a fallen nature.

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