Learning to Like Eternal LifeDecember 8, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Posted in Eternity | 2 Comments
Tags: 1 Thessalonians 4, born again, carnal Christians, eternal security, eternal security of the believer, everlasting life, once saved always saved, perseverance of the saints, sanctification, yeah but
The idea that professing Christians should put up such a fight against the doctrine of the eternal security of the believer has always been a little puzzling to me. True Christians are new creatures, who have been born again, and therefore, can never go back to having not been born. “But wait,” goes the all-too-common, and not-well-thought-out objection, “what about this one person I knew who was saved, but did something really horrible..?” Or, the ever-popular “Yeah, But” school of theology which says, “Yeah, the Bible says God gives ‘everlasting life,’ BUT… what about this specific situation I know about?”
I have even heard some very well-respected preachers say, “I sure wish these verses about carnal Christians weren’t in the Bible. I could really get people to act right if they thought they were going to be kicked out of God’s family and sent to hell when they messed up bad enough.” I always cringe when I hear that. First of all, we had all better be extremely joyous that everything in God’s Bible is in there. He knows more than we do, and He knows better than we do. Second of all, if true Christians lost their salvation every time they really “blew it” according to God’s standards, not a one of us would stay saved very long.
The fact of the matter is, a true Christian is motivated by God’s love and holiness and saving grace to avoid sin, not indulge in it. Only a cult leader would want to hold his congregation through unbiblical fear. The salvation of the Lord comes with the Spirit of the Lord taking up residence in the heart of Christians. God’s Spirit is in charge of the believer’s sanctification, not another person.
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
I Thessalonians 4:7-8