The CONDITIONAL SECURISTS FAVOURITE TEXTS
Below are some of the favourite texts used to prove conditional security of the Christian? I will qualify this by saying that the doctrine of ‘Conditional Security’ is usually biased to not proving their thesis but by trying to disprove the opposing camps doctrine, which in this case is the ‘Unconditional Eternal Security of the Christian’. It is so much easier to counter attack doctrine than produce the evidence oneself. After the ground has been mudded enough then the opinions of man take over and every man’s thesis is as good as the next mans. This is the practice of Satan who uses man's pride to bring about the doctrines of devils. Everyone cannot be correct, and some doctrines are more important than others. However, this issue of the eternal state of the Christian is very important because it has to do with the gospel, and one group is propagating ‘another gospel’ (Gal 1:8). Hence this study is to help the believer in Christ to fight the doctrines of devils and man's vain philosophies (Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.) Also notice this “counter attacking” is the practice of most cults who try to establish doctrines based upon, ‘if I can put enough doubt in the minds of the easily led then I can now establish my own private interpretation of scripture’. In particular, woman with no godly influence are especially susceptible targets of this ploy. (2 Timothy 3:6-7 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.) This is particularly true of today when these devilish people can creep in through the doors of the husband’s house by means of the internet and snare the wife. If the woman is left to her own devises and Satan is allowed to work her over, the internet can be an anonymous pulpit from which to spread venomous scorn. This type of woman has been allowed by her husband (for the sake of him wanting some peace and quiet) to be idle in the duties of a wife and has become a widow because of it (1 Timothy 5:13-14 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.)
Now back to their favourite scripture verses.
Is Paul’s Gospel Conditional ?
1 Cor 15:1-4
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
Conditional Securists argue that the ‘if’ in the text puts a clause or condition on salvation, and that the text declares that the brethren must do something in order to keep their place ‘in Christ’. So to stay ‘in Christ,’ once a person is saved, there are conditions to his salvation.
WITHOUT stretching any imaginations or using flattering words to deceive, below is the biblical explanation of the text.
The ‘if’ in the text CANNOT possibly mean that the brethren will lose their salvation ‘if ‘they forget in their brain what Paul preached to them. That being the case then a saved person who has a brain disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease and they do not have in memory the Gospel which Paul declared, then according to the ‘conditional’ security experts the text says the person is lost.
Paul addresses the church of Corinth, as there has obviously been some misunderstanding about the Gospel of grace which Paul had been teaching. (1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?) Paul wants to clear this up as he is a faithful witness of Christ (1 Corinthians 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.) Remember Paul had taught the Corinthians by preaching the word ( vrs 12) so in verse 2 he says ‘if ye keep in memory what I preached’ is the same as what I’m about to write in verses 3 & 4. In other words, if you are teaching that there is no risen Saviour then you are still in your sins because you’ve misunderstood my preaching and you were never saved in the first place.
Hence the ‘brethren’ are Corinthians who received the gospel, stand in the gospel, and are saved by believing the gospel written in verses 1 Cor: 3 & 4 according to the scriptures. Also, these first two verses are also aimed at the unsaved Corinthians who are thought to be ‘brethren’ and are part of the church set up, but they believe in a dead Saviour Jesus Christ, so their faith is vain and they are still lost because they never believed according to the scriptures ( vrs 2, 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain., 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.,) Paul tells the Corinthians that the so called ‘brethren’ in the church who are telling everyone “that there is no resurrection of the dead” that they were never saved in the first place because their belief was in vain.
Please notice the comma after the word ‘saved’ which separates ‘saved’ and ‘if ’. At this time the comma indicates that Paul switches the brethren to their memory of the events of their own salvation when he preached and says that what he is about to write ( vrs 3 & 4) shouldn’t be strange or alien to them ( in memory ) unless they have believed in vain.
Believing the word of God, and allowing the scriptures to speak for themselves, gives the answer to the insecurists, that their pet doctrine IS another gospel ( Gal 1:8). Verse 2 definitely doesn’t mean that there was a condition to keep them saved, but it does say that there is a condition in getting saved. That condition is to believe the gospel according to the scriptures ( vrs 3 & 4 ).
So according to sound doctrine Paul’s Gospel is NOT Conditional as far as keeping salvation!
Next we shall look at another favourite verse of the insecurist.
A typical insecurist states “Our having eternal
life in the Son is conditional as can be seen from samples of the
following texts.” In Colossians 1:21-23
Paul says that those God has reconciled will be presented holy and
blameless IF we continue in our faith and not be moved away from the hope
of the gospel. The insecurist implies that the Christian will be denied
salvation “if” he doesn’t continue in the faith and moves away from the
hope of the gospel. The insecurist questions “Why does Paul continue to
insert the conditional word "if" into verses such as this, IF he wasn't
attaching a condition?”
Colossians 1:21-24 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
To paraphrase, Paul is saying, look Colossians I know you are saved and reconciled through the Lord Jesus Christ, and He is going to present you holy and unblameable in his sight. This is the state of the believer after salvation. The believer is in the body of Christ ( 1 Cor 12:27) and is justified ( Rom 3:24, Rom 5:9,) with the faith of Jesus Christ’s righteousness ( Rom 3:22, Gal 3:22,) That is why Jesus can present us holy, unblameable, and unreproveable, in his sight, because it’s Jesus’ faith (when we know ourselves that we are not any of these things) Thank God that he sees us in his sight!
To paraphrase Paul again – Vrs 24 - but listen here to me on this earth just now, if you Colossians want any endorsement and praise and rejoicing from your minister Paul whose sufferings are well known among the nations and churches, I Paul will rejoice for you (vrs24), IF you continue in the faith grounded and settled. ( vrs 23 ) Colossians 1- If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
As to be expected, Paul now gives the alternative to the praise and rejoicing for the saints who don’t continue in the faith grounded and settled. The warning Paul gives if you don’t abide in the faith of Christ is -
Colossians 1:28-29 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Paul tells the backslidden Colossian brethren that, as a minister of Jesus Christ it is his duty to strive with the elect mightily, meaning he will not tickle their ears as today’s ministers do, nor will he rejoice with them when they are living like the devil, nor will he take a beating for them as he does for those who keep the faith. Paul also warns them to beware the dangers of wrong living. ( Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.)
Altogether the charge that the passage proves that a Christian can lose his salvation is utter rubbish! The passage has NOTHING to do with eternal salvation BUT rather has to do with Christian living and the relationship the minister has with the church body.
The ‘Fall’ of the Christian
1 Cor. 10:12
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall
The claim here from the conditional securest is that the Christian can fall away from the faith and thus go to hell.
‘Lest he fall’. Fall to where? Hell? It’s nowhere in the chapter! This is a typical passage used to try to prove that a Christian can lose salvation and go to hell. So, again we shall explain it in the light of scripture. 1 Corinthians 10 is looking at the liberty of the Christian compared with the Jew under the Law. Paul ends chapter 9 by telling the Corinthians that he brings his body under subjection. Chapter 10 begins by telling the Corinthian Jews that Moses was indeed baptised the same as Christians ( vrs 2 – physical and spiritual ) and the things that happened in the time of Moses’ Exodus are for the learning of the church now. (vrs 11 which is telling these Jews, that Jehovah in the Old testament is the same Jehovah of the New) Paul goes on to say that the Christian has liberty, and all things are lawful for him, but all things are not expedient (vrs 23 ) The warnings of idolatry, fornication, tempting, and murmurings for the Christian who commits such things is that the Christian is to be delivered to Satan ( 1 Cor 10: 9,10) for the destruction of the flesh
(1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.) also ( 1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. )
So Paul is saying to the Corinthians, you might go through some heavy temptations but God won’t put you through something that is too grievous to bear ( vrs 13, & Romans 8:28 ) Don’t be too eager to give up on God and fall away because He is never far if you seek Him. But if you just think that you are saved out of the world like the Jews thought when they came out of Egypt and you’re on course for Heaven like the Jews thought about the Promised Land, and nothing evil is going to happen to you because you are now a child of God, like the Jews thought during the wilderness, think again ‘lest you fall’.
The question is ‘fall’ to where? Answer, fall into the snare of the devil for the destruction of the flesh. ( 1 Cor 5:5, 1 Tim 1:20, 1 Tim 3:6-7, 1 Tim 6:9)
Again go to the word of God, take a look at the passage from about verse 5, and it goes through the events of the Jews in the wilderness where they were disobedient to God. Moses also was disobedient and fell and never got into the Promised Land. So from these scriptures are we to suppose that if we slip once like Moses we will end up falling into hell. Not so! The passages are ensamples to the Christian saying that anyone can be tempted and we’ve to be very wary of the enemies that we have. Especially the flesh which can be very prideful and coax the Christian into the attitude of ‘I can do it all myself and go it all alone and “standeth” the temptation (vrs 13) without any help from nobody’.
The Christian is warned here by Paul about his service for God and keeping his guard up against the enemy or he might fall into the snare of the devil. What Christian doesn’t complain and murmur at some point of the day verbally or in his thoughts?
And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God
This is another ludicrous proof text used by the insecurists, who say that if the Christian doesn’t continue in the faith that he won’t enter into the kingdom of God.
Does this say the Christian is going to lose his salvation? READ the verse!
No! it says, Christ’s disciples should encourage one another because to walk the Christian life will not be easy due to tribulations.
These insecurists read ‘heaven’ into the text where it says “kingdom of God”. The kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom which the believer has entered already ( John 3:5 … Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.) and he is in it right now. (Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. ) The believer will see it ( John 3:3 … Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.) in the millennium reign of Jesus Christ ( Rev 19:11-21) and if the Christian keeps his flesh in subjection ( 1 Cor 9:27) and works for the Lord Jesus, then the Christian will receive an inheritance in the kingdom of God if he is found worthy ( 2 Thes 1:5 … that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, …) of any reward.( Colossians 3:24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.)
Acts 14:22 has absolutely NOTHING to do with losing your salvation!
“To give truth to him who
loves it not is only to give him
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.