Perseverance of the Saints
I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1;6
Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come;
‘Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home. John Newton
Perseverance of the saints (also referred to as eternal security as well as the similar but distinct doctrine known as “Once Saved, Always Saved”) is a teaching that asserts that once persons are truly “born of God” or “regenerated” by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, nothing in heaven or earth “shall be able to stopped them
A Christian brother once ask do you believe that you can lose your salvation. My response was now can you lose your salvation if already determined by God before foundation world. If the Holy is, Spirit is involved pointing the believer to Christ atoning work. Aiding the believer in accepting that they’re sinner, and needing Christ atones for theirs sins. Why would the Holy Spirit abandoned the believer after ensuring them of their salvation? As scripture declares ,” When you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and when you believed in Him, you were also sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Yet another scripture states,” I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” John Newton penned these words,” Through many dangers, toils and snares I have already come; Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far and Grace will lead me home.
David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas penned these words. “The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit; they are also kept in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestinated unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven. As scripture declares.” We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified.
What about those who accepted Jesus as Lord and Savour and walk away did they lose their salvation?
“The doctrine of perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is saints– those who are set apart by the Spirit– who persevere to the end. It is believers– those who are given true, living faith in Christ– who are secure and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptations, and they do commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ.” Dr John MacArthur said they were never saved from the start
Why anyone would walk away from living God who gave them eternal life and gives one His only Son. In which He purchases mankind sins is beyond me, and always be enigma to me.
Charles Templeton at one who believes in Christ, and preached the gospel, and walk away from the faith. In 1957, he would publicly declare that he later had become an agnostic he became an atheist.
He accepted Christ at age nineteen. He and Billy Graham work together declaring the gospel. Templeton preached throughout Canada, Michigan, Indiana, New York. The National Association of Evangelicals listed Templeton as the “best used of God” However, he was having major doubts as to the validity of the Bible. Especially the creation account. Where he wrote Farewell to God to justify his unbelief.
Fifty years later, Lee Strobel interviews Templeton who had just a couple of more years to live resulting from Alzheimer. In the interview ne spoke highly of Jesus saying “The greatest human being who has ever lived. He was a moral genius. His ethical sense was unique. He was the intrinsically wisest person that I’ve ever encountered in my life or in my readings. His commitment was total and led to his own death, much to the detriment of the world. “In his view,” he is the most important human being who has ever existed.” He admitted that he missed Him. Note his words the greatest human being that ever lived not Lord and Savour.
Despite, what he accomplished here on earth or even states that Jesus is the greatest human being that ever lived if does not accept Jesus Lord Savour his soul damned. Sam Morris, a Baptist preacher, adds, All the prayers a man may pray, all the Bibles he may read, all the churches he may belong to, all the services he may attend, all the sermons he may practice, all the debts he may pay, all the ordinances he may observe, all the laws he may keep, all the benevolent acts he may perform will not make his soul one whit safer; and all the sins he may commit, from idolatry to murder, will not make his soul in any more danger.…The way a man lives has nothing whatever to do with the salvation of his soul.”
Later on Lee Strobel wrote a book called A Case For Faith laying our Templeton reasons for leaving Christianity, and an interviewed noted scholars disproving his reason for leaving the faith. Lee Strobel dedicated the book to Templeton in hope of pointing him to the true Savour, and gave him a copy, and pray that he would read it, and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savour
One would only hope, and pray that he only slipped ship on the deck, and came back to faith instead falling overboard died in his unbelief.