ETERNAL SECURITY?




             
                                     Eternal Security -Yes!
                             Unconditional Eternal Security - NO!




The only way that this doctrine can be supported is from the human perspective, it can by no
means be supported by the scriptures. The scriptures must always be the final authority in the
faith that we are to posses.
This study under the light of the gospel proves without a doubt that the doctrine of eternal
security is grossly errant.
This study is only one of many that I would like the advocates of this doctrine to consider
under the light of the scriptures.
This discussion will involve a brief exegesis of the subject in order to provoke the participants
to further study of the subject of eternal security.
From the onset of this study let me reaffirm my stand. I believe that there is eternal security in
salvation, However; I do not believe that is unconditional as many teach.
The fundamentals in scripture point us to eternal life by following Christ by faith, and faithful
living.
"by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples".
God has never given us a license to sin....." Shall I continue in sin that grace may abound?,
God forbid, how can they that are dead to sin live any longer there in?

I.          QUESTIONS TO BE CONSIDERED

A.        What is eternal life ?

1. How is eternal life obtained or achieved ?
2. How is eternal life maintained ?

B.        Is possible to forfeit eternal life ?

1. Is eternal life the responsibility of God or man ?
2. Is it possible for eternal life to end ?

C.        How does sin effect the believer's position ?

1. Is sin excused in the believer ?
2. Is there a blanket coverage for sin that the  believer receives at the time of new birth ?

D.  Is eternal life conditional or unconditional ?

1.Is it contingent upon the conduct of the Christian ?
2.Is it once-for-all, never-to-be-lost, and  unconditionally irrevocable ?

E. Which is the most dangerous concept of eternal life ?

1.Is there any danger in taking God for granted ?
2.Is there any merit to striving for perfection so much as is humanly possible by the
grace of God through Faith ?

F. Where did it all begin ?

1. Where did the doctrine of conditional security begin ?
2. Where did the concept of unconditional eternal security originate ?



II. THE WHOLE MATTER

A. The controversy stems from the same foundational  scripture.

JOH 5:24  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that
sent me
hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
         
B. Advocates of unconditional security emphasis the presence of eternal life and say that it is   
    eternal  and cannot end.

1. Jesus stated that believers would receive eternal or everlasting life.
2. Something that is everlasting does not end!

C. The doctrine of conditional security points out the same fact but recognizes
contingency also.

1. It must be admitted that "hearing and believing on him" allow for eternal life. These are not   
     acts of a moment but rather a continual process. These present participles of the Greek      
     (akouon-hearing and pisteuon-believing) render it, "he who is hearing my word, and is         
    believing Him who sent me".

2. The word "believeth" denotes the act and  process of faith and is the present tense of
"pistis" (pisteuo-pistyoo'-o),faith, (or a continual belief and excercise)and must be continued to
receive it's benefits, ACT 14:22                                
Confirming the souls of the disciples, and  exhorting them to continue in the faith, and               
                that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.  
EPH 6:16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the        
                  fiery darts of the wicked.  
COL 1:23  If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the
hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is
under  heaven;...  
COL 2:5  For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and               
            beholding your order, and the steadfastness of  your faith in Christ.  
COL 2:6  As ye have therefore received Christ  Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:  
COL 2:7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught,          
                 abounding therein with thanksgiving.;
1TH 5:8  But let us, who are of the day, be  sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and          
                 love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.                       
1TI 2:15 ... if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  
2TI 3:8  Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men
of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.  
2TI 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have  finished my course, I have kept the faith:  
HEB 10:23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that
promised;)  
HEB 10:26  For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there    
                remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,  
HEB 10:38  Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no       
                 pleasure in him.  
2PE 1:5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue                    
        knowledge;  
2PE 1:6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience
godliness;              
2PE 1:7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  
2PE 1:8  For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be       
                    barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  
2PE 1:9  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath                  
         forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.                           
2PE 1:10  Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election       
                 sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  

3. This faith or believing means full surrender,  yieldedness, and obedience to all known truths,
(Rom. 1:5 , 16:26 , 6:11-23; James 2:14-26;  2Cor.10:4-7; Heb. 11:6)

4. JOH 15:4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide
in   the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.  


Note He said "Abide ('meno'=remain,continue,dwell,endure,abide)in me."                 
This indicates the believers responsibility to continue and endure opposition and temptation

Point:

These are a few of very many ideas that need to be entertained when such a doctrine is to be
established




Rebuttal Requested.


                                       
Rev. Michael K. Mann