What can an eternally secure believer lose due to sin? Jesus once told the Parable of the Minas, in which a nobleman went to a far country to receive a kingdom (guess Who that is?). And before he went, he left his servants (guess whom they represent?) with some money to invest, charging them to
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength” (Neh 8:10). I have spoken with hundreds of people who were
Everlasting life is forever. Once saved, always saved. But does that mean believers can sin without any consequences? Absolutely not. People are right to point out that the NT is filled with warnings to believers. But they’re wrong to think those warnings are about the possibility of losing eternal salvation. So what can believers lose?
By Shawn Lazar Q: What’s the difference between eternal security (or once saved, always saved, OSAS), and perseverance of the saints (POTS)? Aren’t they the same thing? A: Well, they are often taken to be the same doctrine, but they shouldn’t be. I admit that some people use the terms interchangeably. But I think we
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
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
A Free Grace friend of mine wrote an article last month dealing with the issue of whether assurance is of the essence of saving faith. (The exact title is “Does John’s Gospel Demand Belief in Eternal Security for Salvation?” It is available here.) His answer was no. One need not believe that salvation is irrevocable
Bob and I were discussing the centrality of eternal security to the saving message. I have heard Yankee Arnold say “The gospel is eternal security.” He’s right. As readers of this blog know, Jesus promised believers eternal life: This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life (1 John 2:25). Paul urged