Eternal Security

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ETERNAL SECURITY (ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED) DR. LEMONS SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY RELI 4350 01 The doctrine of eternal security or (once saved always saved)has been at the center of the discussion of salvation. While we will look at the theological beliefs and frame works of someof our church fathers, some of our contemporary Theologians and Pastors, we will primarily focus on key biblical passages that seem to speak on both sides of the issue. I am a born-again believer who have been saved for 21 years, ministering for 19 years, and now is the Pastor of a local Baptist Church. I chose this topic because I wrestled with this question myself when I was first saved. However I am now convinced that I could never lose what was eternally given to …show more content…
Ephesians 2:8-9, tells us that “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not your selves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast”. The scripture even tells us that the faith it takes to believe comes from God, so there is no way on our part we can stop believing. As I read both views I see wherethere cannot be a reconciliation of the two, except for unconditional election and free will based on the notion of walking away or stop believing. However, I do see howthere can be a bridge to connect the two. John Wesley, have this view of “Prevenient Grace or Preparing Grace”. The word prevenientmeans preceding, implying the grace God sends before conversion. Although Arminianist teach that this grace can be rejected, and that man is not totally depraved but can sense a spark of prevenientgrace to draw a person to God through Jesus Christ. I believe this is the link that can correspond to unconditional election in a conditional way. We will now look at some church teaching on Easy believism: It is the coming to Christ without any commitment, mental assent to Christ, praying a quick prayer, and receiving a quick decision. John MacArthur writes “The gospel Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a
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