Friday, October 06, 2006

What If I Sin After I'm Saved?

Christian Chronicles is a strong, well written and edifying publication published monthly on their website.

One of the articles in this month's publication stands out as a single work which I believe Christians everywhere should read. It's on the security of the believer and is entitled "What If I Sin After I'm Saved?"

Here's the intro;

In so many denominations, it is taught that a person is saved by grace through faith, but that he can lose that salvation if he continues to sin. The argument, most notably in Lordship Salvation, as espoused by John MacArthur, is essentially that, if one continues to sin after he is saved, he never was truly saved to begin with. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The preacher or teacher who tells you that he no longer sins tells a very dangerous lie. The teacher or preacher who says that you can be lost again once you have been saved is driven by the very devil himself to steal your hope and make you resentful toward the God whom you have believed, so that you will become unfruitful. That, or he wishes to develop in you a self righteousness that will cause you to become a harsh judge of others, holding everyone else up to the false image that you have of yourself, as he himself does, so that you measure everyone’s salvation by his deeds and not by his beliefs. The fact is, while you will grow to abhor the sin that is in you, that sin will remain in you until death or the rapture, whichever comes first. You cannot root it out any more than Paul himself could (Rom 7:15-25). To suppose that you either can or must is to give the lie to the God who saved you. Even with the indwelling Holy Spirit, the human will frequently brings the believer to the brink, and over the edge of the precipice of righteousness into many and diverse sins. If it was true of Paul, you can bet that it is true of you as well.

2 comments:

Steve Dodd said...

John MacArthur does not teach that anyone can lose their salvation. The question he would raise is that they never were saved in the first place. (1 John 2:18+)

Kevl said...

Hi Steve,

Here's the quote "The argument, most notably in Lordship Salvation, as espoused by John MacArthur, is essentially that, if one continues to sin after he is saved, he never was truly saved to begin with."

They are not saying that John says the person looses salvation they are saying that John says they were never saved in the first place - based on the fact that they continue to sin.

All persons who live in their flesh (who have not be resurrected yet) will "sin" Even us who are saved. This is not an indicator or a determining factor of Salvation or the lack there of. This is their point. :)

Bless Ya,
Kev