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The most wonderful of all of the Good News that God tells us is the precious, unspeakably glorious, news of salvation in the Blood of Christ. Christ alone, Grace alone, and Faith alone. No wonder then that false teachers and authors specialise in seeking to remove the confidence in God that we should have in regard to salvation as a free gift.
One such author is the spurious David Pawson, whose book
“Once Saved, Always Saved? A Study in Perseverance and Inheritance ” was
sent to me by the author himself! He sent it to try to prove to me his
authenticity, his sound Scriptural stand, his grasp of the Word of God.
To say I was horrified by the book is too weak a description of what was
my reaction! No friends, God’s Voice denounces such under-mining work as
Pawson’s book. God’s Voice drowns out the whimpers of this man and his
Access our previous online expose of Pawson...
Who will you believe, the Lord or a doubting,
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” ( 11 Timothy 1:12).WE ARE ETERNALLY SAFE IN THE SAVIOUR!
“...evangelical assumptions about grace and justification, divine sovereignty and human responsibility. He [Pawson} asks whether something more than being born again is required so that our inheritance is not lost. This book helps us to decide whether ‘ once saved, always saved’ is real assurance or a misleading assumption.”The whole book seeks to under-mine the faith of the believer
GOD VOICE DECLARES:
“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39).Who will you believe?
LET US APPROACH THE SUBJECT OF
ETERNAL SECURITY WITH REVERENCE -
“WE ARE ETERNALLY SECURE IN CHRIST JESUS.”
(Acknowledgement given to
“The Bible Topic Book, Vol. One.” Perth Christian Bible Ministries ).
1. The Logical Approach.
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? “ ( Romans 8:32).
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”Let God’s Voice give logic to your understanding. If as unbelievers we were enemies of God (Romans 5), once we believe in Christ as Saviour we are God’s children. If God did the most He could for lost sinners when we were His enemies, what more will He do for His Blood-bought children? This excludes loss of salvation for He saved us while we were His enemies!
( Romans 5:8).
2. The Experiential Approach.
“It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him:Let God’s Voice drown out all doubting Thomases. If we suffer we produce divine good under blessing conditions. If we, as the redeemed, deny Christ He is going to deny us rewards. If we believe not, as the redeemed, and renounce Him, HE abideth FAITHFUL. You cannot do anything that can change God, Jesus cannot deny Himself. Jesus is at the Right Hand of Father, He is the God-Man inside you. He ever liveth to intercede for you.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:
If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
(11 Timothy 2:12,13).
“Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” ( Hebrews 7:25).3. The Family Approach.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” ( Galatians 3:26).
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: “ ( 1 John 1:12).When you believe in Christ you are said to be “born again.” Born into the family of God. You cannot be unborn. You are the child or son of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Once a child always a child of God’s. You Father’s Voice cries:
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” ( 1 John 3: 1, 2).Our voice cries in return: “ABBA, FATHER!”
4. The Inheritance Approach.
“To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” ( 1Peter 1:4,5).We have an inheritance which can never be corrupted, removed, disintegrated, or become defiled in any way - this is RESERVED for the saved one in Heaven. Your place has been paid for by the precious Blood of Christ Himself, and your ticket and seat have been RESERVED by the Son of God. Don’t tell me that He can fail us. NEVER! We HAVE an inheritance NOW ( perfect tense) it will always be reserved, the reservation cannot be cancelled - the price has already been paid. The power of God, the sacrifice made on the Cross, was that Payment made!
5. God’s Hands Approach.
“And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” ( John 10:28).Hear the One True Voice of God’s own Word!
“Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.” ( Psalm 32: 24).6. The Sovereignty Approach.
“ Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,” ( Jude 1:24).Once you have accepted Christ as Saviour, trusted in His redemption, it is God’s Sovereign will that you will never perish! His Sovereignty is being brought into doubt by teachers such as Pawson! Yield your minds and hearts to the Sovereign Lord and His will for you! See His will:
“...is long suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish.. “(11 Peter 3:9).7. The Body Approach.
“But now are they many members, yet but one body. And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:” ( 1 Corinthians 12:20-22).8. The Greek Tense Approach.
9. The Sealing Ministry of the Holy Spirit Approach.
“Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.”
( 11 Corinthians 2: 21,22),
“That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance ... “ (Ephesians 1: 12-14).In the ancient world the SEAL was a guarantee of protection. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit guarantees our absolute security. We can grieve the Holy Spirit, we can quench the Holy Spirit, but we can never lose the Holy Spirit.
“ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
( Hebrews 13:5).
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you FOREVER; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” ( John 14: 16,17).IS THE ARGUMENT ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY A MATTER OF OPINION?
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