THE “DARK SIDE” OF ETERNAL SECURITY:
James, who said, “Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26) also warns against the false security of ‘easy-believism’ telling us that, “Even demons believe and tremble.” (James 2:19) Jude also warns, “Some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.” (Jude 1:4). And even more alarming, the author of Hebrews warns, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were MADE PARTAKERS of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, IF THEY SHALL FALL AWAY, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” (Hebrew 6:4-6) And finally, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” (Hebrews 10:26-29)
We all love the glorious promises in God’s Word. I know I certainly do! And I by no mean to demean or discredit eternal security, as we do have security in Christ. However there is a “dark side” to the doctrines of eternal security and once-saved-always-saved that are being largely abused and leading many down the road of false security via easy-believism. Satan, knowing this all too well, will do all he can to steer us into blindly ignoring all the clear Biblical warnings that it is indeed also possible to once partake of the Holy Spirit, return to a life of sin and worldliness, become apostate, DEPART FROM THE FAITH and FALL AWAY, by giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils. (1 Timothy 4:1) This is why God’s Word exhorts to be diligent in examining ourselves, so that WE CAN have the assurance that we are walking in a faith that will produce good works. (2 Corinthians 13:5) To cautiously guard against becoming complacent and lax, knowing we indeed have an adversary who seeks to devour.
It is vital to remember Satan’s original lie was “Ye shall not surely die.” (Genesis 3:4). That we can sin and never die spiritually and be separated from God’s grace. Is this not the same line of thinking and fatal error Eve was seduced into? And hidden dangers that lay in the doctrine of Eternal Security/Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS)?? His seductive lie was not that Eve could fall from God’s grace, but rather, that she could not. Eve ignored God’s warnings, and in doubt & disbelief, disobeyed God’s Word, swallowing the lie hook, line and sinker.
Adam & Eve had God’s glorious promise of eternal life. But He also gave them His Word that if they ignored His warning, they would surely die. (Genesis 2:17) And true to His Word, they fell from eternal life and died spiritually and eventually died physically.
NEVER take God’s Word for granted!
Satan is the Father of Lies, the original seducing spirit, and there is no Truth in him. Whether they be God’s promises or warnings, God KEEPS His Word.