Friday, June 09, 2006

Once Saved, Always Insecure

Pastor William Weedon has wise words on the doctrine of "Eternal Security," or "Once Saved Always Safe":
There IS certain salvation in Christ; there is NO certainty that I will be in Christ when I die. Therefore this calls for constant and unending vigilance and attendance upon the promises of God and the Means of Grace...absolute security is not possible in any place: an angel fell in heaven; Adam fell in paradise; Judas fell under the tutelage of Christ Himself.
Despair leads us to believe struggle is futile; Protestant heresy would lead us to believe this vital ascetical struggle is unnecessary. May God deliver us from both and help our poor efforts.

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Blogger Drew said...

instead of "protestant" heresy, why don't you be intellectually honest and call it what it really is; reformed heresy.

pastor weedon is a *lutheran* pastor, and you ought to know what we lutherans think of reformed theology.

2:45 PM  
Blogger Ben Johnson said...

Hi Drew,

The trouble is it's not intellectually honest to call it Reformed alone. I'm most familiar with this doctrine among Southern (and Independent) Baptists -- who are otherwise Arminian. Not all Protestants subscribe to this doctrine any more than all who would describe themselves as "catholic" believe in papal infallibility.

BTW, interesting blog. I'll be stopping by again.

God bless,
Ben

5:00 PM  
Blogger Inquisitor Generalis said...

Good post! I've often thought the same thing on OSAS. If Judas couldn't be saved, why do any of us think we're secure?

9:55 PM  

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