Christians on both sides of this argument fail to be gracious. May 9, 2012 By OC 1 Comment. Antichrists aren't going to remain; only the true believers will. Still, as Christians, we must learn to be gracious to one another as Romans 14:1-12 states. In 2:7-11 is where John writes about a new commandment--about loving your brother and walking in the light rather than darkness. We can easily draw the conclusion that the will of the Father is that all who were given to the Son (v. 39) will not be lost and will be raised on the last day, but the common objection is that the will of the Father is not always accomplished. Is not God powerful enough or knowledgeable enough in his predestination to ensure that the ones whom he has chosen for salvation (2 Thess. In love, Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry, CARM, PO BOX 1353, Nampa ID 83653 | 385-246-1048. The KJV, NKJV, NRSV say, "may have everlasting life." With all of that in mind, I want to give you some quotes from the ECF’s regarding one tenant of Calvinism – “Perseverance of the Saints”. On the other hand, some Christians believe that if you don't believe in eternal security, you have to keep your salvation by works. The goal of this paper is not to provide an exhaustive study on the topic of eternal security. In verse 37, Jesus says, “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out."
There is no qualifier here. As you can see, none of these ECF’s believed in any form of “Once Saved, Always Saved” or “Perseverance of the Saints”. But is this a fair representation of the conditional salvation position? Some Christians believe that if you hold to eternal security, you are purposely promoting a license to sin. You will not find it in Patristic writings insofar as I am aware and insofar as Orthodoxy teaches and has always taught. It cannot be that we "may" have eternal life (be saved) if we believe because believing is what justifies us (Rom. Calvinism has done more to send people to hell, than we will ever know. The ECF’s definitely were not Calvinistic, when it came to the security of the believer. "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; 28 and I give eternal life to them, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand." Therefore, we must honestly try to represent the other side properly before tackling it. The only group of people who believed such doctrines during this period of time, were the Gnostics, who were heretics.
If so, would that not mean that God, who has foreordained whatsoever shall come to pass (predestined), has ordained that he lose some of those whom he has called from eternity--just so he can lose them? Amen. I appreciate your passion for the gospel. ", "They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us. Unfortunately, the teaching of eternal security is sometimes a source of problems within Christian circles. 5:1). It would seem to me that God's abilities far surpass our weaknesses and frailties. Unless you are simply sharing music, please post a summary, or the gist, of the video you wish to share.
Change ), Were the “Early Church Fathers” Calvinistic, In Their Soteriology? The patristic sources who deny eternal security in some way widely differ with each other in how they do it. But, John is not telling us that if the antichrists had been of them, they would have stayed with him. ( Log Out /
Both sides often misrepresent the other; and instead of being gracious on this debatable issue (as we are commanded to be in Romans 14:1-12), people accuse each other of being unbiblical. At the least, Calvinists need to stop saying that the “P” of “T.U.L.I.P.” is part of “The Historic Christian Faith”.
Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. No matter what you choose to call it, it was not what the Early Church believed in. You will need to register to be able to join in fellowship with Christians all over the world. I have heard eternal security labeled as a doctrine of demons, straight from the pit of hell, and a purposeful excuse to abide in sin.
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