Objections To the Doctrine of Everlasting Security Answered (Objection 3)

January 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Posted in Eternity | 1 Comment
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Objection: I know that I can lose my salvation because Lucifer once was in Heaven, and was cast out. There were also MANY angels created by God that chose to follow Lucifer to the fiery pit.

Answer To Objection: Lucifer being thrown out of Heaven has nothing to do with losing your salvation. Lucifer was never saved, so he could not “lose” his salvation.

Objection: Adam and Eve fell from God’s grace and favor and lost their eternity in the Garden.

Answer To Objection: When Adam and Eve were created in the garden they had not yet been “saved.” It was only after they sinned that they needed to be saved. God put them out of the Garden, but that is not “losing their salvation.”

Objection: If a Christian decides to walk away from God and live in sin he will surely die in his sin.

Answer To Objection: Do you mean die physically, or go to hell? Do you know any Christians who do not sin at least once every day? Is that “living in sin?” Do you know any Christians who have achieved sinless perfection? How many sins does a Christian have to commit before he or she “loses his salvation?” Why is most of the New Testament after Acts written to Christians telling them how to get the victory over sin, instead of telling them to get re-saved since they must have lost their salvation? Every Christian sins. We should not, but we do. God chastens His children for sinning. He does not kick them out of His family, or go back on His Word and take away His eternal salvation.

Right Where You’re Supposed to Be

April 24, 2009 at 10:16 am | Posted in Ecclesiastes, Eternity | 10 Comments
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Have you ever wondered why you were born in the place where you were born? Have you ever thought about what it would have been like to live in a different time in history? These are questions that we will never be able to fully answer on this side of eternity. However, you can rest assured that, according to Scripture, God, before He created you, ordained in His perfect will that you would be born exactly where and when He chose.

The divine appointment which we call our birthday was chosen for our own good, and for God’s Own glory. In the heart of every person, at every place and time, since the beginning of creation, God has placed the idea of eternity, and revelation of Himself.

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

Ecclesiastes 3:11

For this reason, every single one of us is without excuse if we have failed to acknowledge and worship God (Romans 1:19-20). We have all failed to do this at one time or another, but the realization that we are part of God’s eternal, unseen plan should cause us to rejoice, and should motivate us to serve Him with joy.

I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.

Ecclesiastes 3:12

There Are Some Absolutes

March 31, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Posted in Eternity, Selected Psalms | 20 Comments
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One of the key principles of debating is to take great care about making “absolute” statements. Sentences that begin with phrases like, “Every time this happens…;” or “I’m always the one who…;” or “Nobody knows what it’s like…” can be easy to disprove. One contradictory example, and the whole thesis is ruined.

However, God’s Word is not like the words of men. God has no qualms whatsoever about using absolutes. Jesus could say with confidence that He did always the things which pleased His Father (John 8:29). God can guarantee with complete certainty that those to whom He gives eternal life will never perish, nor can any man ever pluck them out of His hand (John 10:28). The Lord, Who is eternal, without beginning or end, will endure for ever (Psalm 9:7).

The virtues and qualities of God’s character and glory are likewise immutable. When God’s Word says in Psalm 25:8 that “Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way,” we can rest assured that God is always good and God is always right. If this be so, then it only makes sense that we continue to trust in the future victory He has promised, even when defeat and disgrace seem imminent. After all, our profession lacks integrity if we forsake Him after He has promised never to forsake us.

Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred. O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

Psalm 25:19-21

See also, The Eternal Glory of God.

The Eternal Glory of God

March 18, 2009 at 10:21 am | Posted in Eternity | 10 Comments
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What passes for “glory” in the world of men is generally a poor imitation or substitute for God’s glory. Any glory which man can achieve on his own is short-lived and subject to reconsideration with the passage of time.

Contrast this to the glory of God, which is eternal. In fact, the greatest glory that sinful man can probably hope to interact with is the glory of God manifested in the grace-gifts He bestows upon His elect. Obviously, chief among these gifts is salvation.

One of the most amazing things about God’s grace is that He planned it – in love for His elect, and for His glory, before He created us – even though He foreknew the worthlessness of men’s works and our futile attempts to achieve righteousness on our own.

Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

II Timothy 2:10


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