Dr. John Niemelä called today and asked me if I had a list of quotes from Evangelicals who deny absolute assurance. Well, I didn’t have the list, but I did have many such quotes. So, I’ve pulled them together for this blog. Robert Peterson: Protestants do not claim the ‘absolute’ certainty that Rome rejects.
Someone sent me a link to a rather extreme Arminian preacher. Most who believe you can lose everlasting life think that people who believe you can’t lose your salvation still have a good chance of making it to heaven by persevering. However, this preacher thinks that the preaching of eternal security makes it very unlikely
I received the following question in a comment to a blog I wrote: “Why does Paul say you can believe in vain, 1 Cor. 15:2?” The questioner doesn’t seem to believe in eternal security. He implies that Paul was saying that you could believe in Christ, be born again, and then end up going to Hades anyway because the
I received a call from a man I knew years ago. We will call him Frank. I had not talked with Frank in ten or fifteen years. He used to be a solid Free Grace guy. But no longer. We spoke for nearly an hour. Frank wanted to warn me that I am teaching heresy and that
We’ve written on this before. See here for a 1997 article by Zane Hodges. And here is a 2017 article by Shawn Lazar. Here is a 2008 article by me. Here is my recent review of a booklet which argues that assurance is of the essence. So why look at this issue again? Today I ran across a quote from Louis Berkhof, the premier Reformed theologian, concerning this issue.
Dr. Craig Keener is a leading New Testament Evangelical scholar. He has published commentaries on Matthew, John, Acts, Romans, 1-2 Corinthians, Galatians, and Revelation. He is a Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He is an Evangelical Arminian. A friend recently sent me a link (see here) to his April 28, 2015, article entitled,
Here is a great quote from J. Dwight Pentecost, writing in 1965, on why the promise of eternal life implies eternal security: The promise of God is a basis for our security. We go into a familiar passage such as John 3:16 where it is made so clear: “…God so loved the world, that he
Question Most of our pastors say a believer can jump out of God’s hand, based on John 10:28. How can I refute such a claim? Answer I’m sorry to say your pastors are wrong (or, actually, I’m happy to say they’re wrong): 1.) John 10:28-29 does not say anyone can jump out of the Father
Shawn was talking with a friend who takes online seminary classes. The man told Shawn he was a bit reluctant to raise Free Grace issues in his papers for class because the professor gives no indication that he is at all open to Free Grace Theology. Shawn’s friend told him that the professor is also
After a recent blog on the parable of the four soils (see here), I received this follow up question: Hi Bob, another excellent teaching. Thank you and God bless! Do you think the life of King Saul would be a good example of eternal security in spite of being out of fellowship with the Lord?