Eternal Security: Can a Christian Lose His Salvation? Essay

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Some view their Christian liberty as a license to sin. As Bible-believing Christians, we know this is absolutely not the case! Indeed, we are saved by grace, and not through our good works. But what happens when a Christian falls from the path, into his old ways? A Calvinist would say that a true believer cannot lose his salvation, while an Arminian would say that one can lose his salvation (Dunham 41). The purpose of this paper is to look at the issue of eternal security, and to determine whether “once saved, always saved” does hold true, or whether a Christian can lose his salvation.

Eternal Security

The definition of eternal security, or perseverance of the saints, is defined in the Moody Handbook of Theology as “The
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In his book Salvation, Charles Horne quotes G.C. Berkouwer as saying:
“…Peter’s fall was miserable. He, the one who had confessed Christ at Caesarea Philippi, was the very one who forsook Him in the darkest hour of His life. He made his contribution to the total forsakenness of the Man of Sorrows. Truly, it was not Peter’s faith, love, and faithfulness that preserved him. His life was saved by the intercession of Christ… (Horne 100).”

Salvation is not earned by our own merit; it is a gift given to desperate sinners. According to Calvinistic theology, it is not whether or not one continues doing good works that determines salvation; the strength of the Father is that which guarantees this condition of safety (Strombeck 1).
This point has been a hotbed of controversy for many years, since it seems to say that one can accept Christ’s gift of salvation, but then going on living a life of deliberate and willful sin and debauchery. This is not at all what eternal security is about! “Belief in Jesus Christ entails denying oneself both gratification of sinful appetites and any pleasure, though not evil in itself, that steals affection for Christ. One who believes in Jesus Christ picks up one’s own cross, an instrument of death to sin, and follows after Him (Schreiner 135).”

Loss-of-Rewards View

There are two theories found among those who adhere to the doctrine of

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