Eternal Security

Can One Cease Believing?

    Some may react to such a statement with immediate hostility.  It is like
waving a red flag in front of a bull.  It is unthinkable to many that one
could cease believing.

    There are two extremes in systematic theology today, opposite poles of
theological thinking.  Calvinism stresses the sovereignty of God.
Arminianism emphasizes the free will of man.  Both terms are used in a
pejorative sense by the opposing view.

    Probably the Biblical view lies in between the two.  Yes, God is
sovereign but does this mean that man's free will is an illusion and that
life is programmed in advance by the decrees of God.  Yes, man has a
will, but is salvation simply a human choice or is it the response of man
to the wooing of the Holy Spirit, without which there is no salvation?
    John Calvin in his Institutes admits there is a kind of faith which
falls short of saving faith.  There may be an intellectual agreement
which does not go on to saving faith.  "The next thing necessary is, that
what the mind has imbibed be transferred into the heart.  The word is not
received in faith when it merely flutters in the brain, but when it has
taken deep root in the heart, and become an invincible bulwark to
withstand and repel all the assaults of temptation."  (Book III, Ch. II,
36)  How then can we recognize saving faith?

    Saving faith is a present faith.  "He who believes in Him is not
condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he
has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God" (John 3:18
NKJ).  "He who believes" is a presnt, active participle (Greek).  Saving

Final Perseverance: What is it?

Final Perseverance: What is it? C. H. Mackintosh. Dear Friend, The question of final perseverance, though, in our judgment, a very simple one, has perplexed a great many; and the questions which you introduce to our notice, and the passages of scripture which you adduce, furnish abundant proof that your own mind is not quite clear or settled on the point. It may be, however, that the object of your communication is rather to superinduce such a discussion of the doctrine, in the light of hol...

Safe and Sure

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” 1 John 5:13 Before you turn to the verse which I shall ask you very carefully to look at, which speaks of how a believer is to know that he has eternal life, let me quote it in the distorted way that man’s imagination often puts it. “These happy feelings have I given unto you that believe on ...

The Knowledge of Salvation

Before you turn to the verse which I shall ask you very carefully to look at, which speaks of how a believer is to know that he has eternal life, let me quote it in the distorted way that man’s imagination often puts it: These happy feelings I have given to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life. Now, open your Bible, and while you compare this with God’s blessed and unchanging Word, may He give you from your very heart to say with...

Safety Certainty, and Enjoyment

If a believer, Why Not Sure of Salvation?
If saved, Why Not Happy?

Which Class Are YOU Traveling?

WHAT AN OFT-REPEATED QUESTION! Let me put it to you, my reader: for traveling you most certainly are — traveling from Time into Eternity and who knows how very, very near you may be at this moment to the GREAT TERMINUS?

Let me ask you then in all kindness, “Which class are you traveling?” There are but three. Let me describe them that you may put yourself to the test as in the presence of “Him with whom we have to do.”

First Class — Those who are saved and who know it. Second Class — Those who are not sure of salvation, but anxious to be sure. Third Class — Those who are not only unsaved, but totally indifferent about it.

Again I repeat my question — “Which class are you traveling?” Oh, the madness of indifference when eternal issues are at stake!

A short time ago, a man came rushing into the railway station and while scarcely able to gasp for breath took his seat in one of the carriages just on the point of starting.

“You’ve run it fine,” said a fellow-passenger.

“Yes,” replied he, breathing heavily after every two or three words, “but I’ve saved four hours, and that’s well worth running for.”

Eternal Security of the Believer

  Can A Believer Ever Be Lost? It has been announced that I will speak to you on a subject which has occasioned a good deal of controversy among the people of God. I want to take as a starting point--not exactly as a text, because we shall be looking at a good many Scriptures--Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor power, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be a...
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