and Eternal Security
By Stephen M Golden
Copyright © 15 May 1997
There are people who, in their own personal sense of piety,
believing they indeed have God’s truth,
are so lost in their doctrine of dogma, they spout out messages of hate in the
name of love. These are bitter words “in
the name of the Lord.” Critical words
proceed from their mouths for such believers as wear the name “Catholic“ and
“fundamentalist“, yet their very accusations lay heavily upon their own tongues
as they are also guilty of the same errors.
They describe with disgust the rituals of other groups as
though the rituals themselves were evil and the very performance of such
procedures were an abomination to God.
Toward the fundamentalists, they key on areas of their adherence to laws
and rigidity of lifestyle. Yet these
same people perform rituals in the way they pray and worship. They also hold to their own forms of rigidity
of belief, such that if one is to state disagreement with these beliefs,
suspicions of one’s salvation arise in their minds.
specifics in this area are:
The use of “Christianese” phrases like
“born again Christian.” It is indeed
true that the phrase “born again” can be found in scripture, but in scripture,
it’s used to describe Christians. No one
can be a Christian unless they are born again, and no one is born again without
also being a Christian.
Another case in point is the phrase “found
the Lord” or “met the Lord.” In a bible
study session on John 3, a discussion arose about the man whom Jesus had healed
from blindness. The statement was made
that the man was healed, “and he hadn’t even met the Lord.” This is an absurdity that could only occur
when a person is not thinking properly.
Instead of using their minds, they substitute inappropriate “catch
Of course the man
“met the Lord.” The Lord had healed
him! The Lord had probably even touched
him. He had not yet become a Christian,
but then, no one in the world had!
A third case of similarly abused jargon is
the use of the word “Lord.” It is used
indiscriminately to describe both God the Father, and Jesus Christ. This is especially noticeable in
prayers. The praying person will say
something like, “Lord we thank you for sending your
son...”, and then say in the same prayer, “Lord, we know you are the son of
When one hears these sort of
“Christianese” abuses, one wonders about the validity of the other beliefs of
the individual — whether they have even logically considered what they believe
doctrinally related problems are:
Eternal Security: The defense of eternal security rests mostly
in a particular interpretation of a statement made by a particular
apostle. From that one scripture, all
other scriptures pertaining to this subject are ignored. Instead of taking all the scriptures on the
subject and giving appropriate weight to each in an effort to
make them all harmonize, scriptures
which may seem to be in opposition to their doctrine are interpreted through
the bias of the one scripture. They may
say, “We know this is not really what it means because in such and such place
it says . . .”
The very doctrine of Eternal Security,
when taken to its logical conclusion, is in essence a doctrine of Mortal
Insecurity. What I mean by this is, you
can not be assured of your salvation while you are
living on this earth because of the absolute nature of this doctrine. When one is a Christian, it is supposedly impossible
to fall away or to ever become a non-Christian again.
in itself would be a very re-assuring concept, except
for a little fact which cannot be denied:
people who have been accepted as Christians have fallen away.
rigid doctrine asserts falling away to be impossible. Therefore, the only possible conclusion is
that the person “must have never been a Christian in the first place.” If this is true, how do you know you will not
fall away, and find to you amazement, “you were never
a Christian in the first place“!
Certainly, the person who believed he was a Christian and fell away
thought he was a Christian during that time.
you know that you will not fall away some day?
You can not predict the future!
The only logical conclusion under the doctrine of Eternal Security is
that you will not know you’re saved until you die. So much for Eternal Security.