Modern "Easy Christianity" - dedicated to effortless and carefree religion- has invented the doctrine of eternal security or "once saved-always saved." With such insurance one who has boarded the "train bound for glory," may relax and go to sleep. Having made his deposit in the bank of salvation, he may spend the rest of his money as he likes.
This is false doctrine! The Word of God nowhere teaches that once a man is born again he may give free rein to the lusts of the flesh and be as worldly as he pleases, yet still be sure of getting to heaven. Rather, it teaches, "If you live according to the flesh, you will die" (Romans 8:13). "If anyone does not remain in me," Jesus said, "He is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned" (John 15:6). The Apostle Peter remarks, "It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness than to have known it and then to turn their backs...of them the proverbs are true `A dog returns to its vomit,' and, `A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud'" (2 Peter 2:22,23).
Is there no assurance for the Christian that he will make it to glory? Of course there is! But it is found in the Reformation doctrine of the "Perseverance of the Saints." Scripture teaches that all those who are once saved persevere in holiness and are finally saved. This is great comfort for the true Christian, but none to the one who wants carefree Christianity.
If your hope is in a decision or experience long past, but not followed to the present by a new life, your soul is not safe! Do not let such false assurance destroy you!
7. Carnel Christians?
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