Summary: This sermon gives several Bibical arguments supporting the doctrine of the eternal security of believers.
ETERNAL SECURITY OF THE BELIEVER:
FACT, OR FANTASY?
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth
my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
everlasting life, and shall not come into con-
demnation; but is passed from death unto life."
What used to be called the doctrine of the
"final perseverance of the saints," is now often
referred to as "once saved, always saved," or
"eternal security of the believer." Is this a
Bibical truth, or is it just some concoction of
some deranged theological mind?
I want to stand on the side of those who
affirm eternal security of believers, not because
someone told me to believe that, but because it
is a Bibical truth taught and promoted by none
other than our Lord Jesus Christ. It was He who
spoke the words that I just read in the beginning
of this message, and it strongly supports this
Now, I’ve heard all the arguments for and
against the eternal security of believers, why
some say it is just an excuse to believe and then
live as you choose, and how some teach that our
salvation is dependent on our "holding out," or
"enduring to the end," in our own strength and
faith. Those who say that do not realize how
true a statement it is that if our salvation
depended on our own efforts to be victorious over
sin, the temptations of the world, and Satanic
powers, then we would all be hopelessly lost and
condemned, for man so often fails. But, if we
are secure because of the power and will of One
who is stronger than us, then we can have blessed
As Barney said on The Andy Griffith Show, "Let’s
nip it in the bud, right now," that false pre-
sumption that the grace of God leads to sinfulness.
denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should
live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this
How, then, does grace teach us to live? Soberly,
righteously, and godly. God’s unmerited favor
and undeserved love is an incentive not to do
wrong, but to live with thankfulness and gratitu-
de to One who loved us so much that He gave His
Son to die for us.
Those who belive they can be saved one day and
lost the next have no assurance. They have no
joy of sins forgiven, because they believe that
they might stumble sometime in the future and
wind up condemned by God. Jesus said-
"My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and
they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life;
and they shall never perish, neither shall any
man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which
gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is
able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand."
Don’t tell me about "so & so," and how they made
a decision and walked an aisle and joined a church
and were baptized but then forsook God and lived
for the Devil. God knows those who are His. He
will keep all true believers. Hypocrites, and
fakers who never made any genuine commitment to
Christ will be found living a lie. But they
seemed to be so sincere, you say. So did Judas!
Not every one who says "Lord, Lord," will enter