What About Eternity Security?
Michael Wells: A pastor from England once reminded me of Matthew 7:13,
14: “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is
broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For
the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are
those who find it.” He explained that on this narrow way that leads to
life there are two walls to keep us on the path. One wall is named
Arminianism (free will) and the other Calvinism (predestination), and
that it does good to bounce off both walls as we go along. How true it
is; we need both walls. On the one hand we need to understand the free
will of man, and yet on the other, the sovereignty of God. On the one,
we need to be firm in our assurance of salvation, and on the other, we
need to be warned about being slothful. As I have mentioned previously,
those who enter into true faith no longer find a compelling need to
systematize God. Often when speaking about the assurance of salvation
that we have in Christ, someone quotes to me Hebrews 6:4-6, John 15:2,
and Galatians 5:4, and makes the statement that, “Christians can fall
away.” That person will then ask me to explain these Scripture verses.
My explanation is simple. “I believe what Hebrews 6:4-6, John 15:2,
and Galatians 5:4 teach. I may not understand, but I believe.” Another
time someone will begin to quote the Scriptures that teach we cannot
fall away (Hebrews 13:5, I John 2:19, John 10:28) and ask that these be
explained in the context of the Scriptures that teach we can fall away.
My response is the same, “I believe what Scripture teaches.” I do
not want to go through all the gymnastics and gyrations that theologians
do to change the meaning of a Scripture verse so it will fit into their
systems of belief. Nor do I want to attempt to be clever; I am only
stating that I do not know all, I do not know the mind of God, and I am
not the teacher. Christ alone is the Teacher, and whatever He says I
believe, whether I can systematize it or not. The enemy has persuaded
many (of commensurate intelligence, talent, gifts, and spirituality) to
choose one wall against the other (causing division), and in so doing,
they suffer, for they stagnate. We want to be of those who moment by
moment look to the Holy Spirit to reveal what we need for life right
then, not what we think we need for our minds. We want life, not
knowledge. When this is our attitude, God will reveal what we need to
know when we need to know it, and with the knowledge will come life and
Wells, Michael (2012-05-26).
Sidetracked In The Wilderness (Kindle Locations 3037-3042). Kindle
Chuck Smith, Calvary Chapel:
It is not
easy to maintain the unity of the Spirit among us on these matters. It
seems that the sovereignty of God and human responsibility are like two
parallel lines that do not seem to intersect within our finite minds.
God's ways are "past finding out" (Romans 11:33), and the
Bible warns us to "lean not unto thy own understanding"
(Proverbs 3:5). To say what God says in the Bible - no more and no less
- is not always easy, comfortable, or completely understandable. But
Scripture tells us that the wisdom from above will be loving and kind
toward all, seeking the unity of the believers, not trying to find ways
to divide and separate from one another. May God help us all to love
each other, to be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as Jesus
Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32)! In difficult doctrinal matters,
may we have gracious attitudes and humble hearts, desiring most of all
to please Him who has called us to serve Him in the body of Christ.
Discussion - YES! Disagreements - YES! Division - NO!
"By their fruit ye shall know them." When a particular
position on the Scriptures causes one to become argumentative,
legalistic, and divisive, I question the validity of that position. I
seek to embrace those things that tend to make me more loving and kind,
more forgiving and merciful. I know then that I am becoming more like my
Lord. If you have come to a strong personal conviction on one side of a
doctrinal issue, please grant us the privilege of first seeing how it
has helped you to become more Christ-like in your nature, and then we
will judge whether we need to come to that same persuasion. Let us
always be certain to look at the fruit of the teaching.
things that produce the loving nature of Jesus in our lives. I would
rather have the wrong facts and a right attitude, than right facts and a
wrong attitude. God can change my understanding of the facts in a
moment, but it often takes a lifetime to effect changes of attitude.