Thursday, October 04, 2007

Perservance 101

One of the teachings that rose up out of the Roman Catholic Church and has spread throughout many denominations is the teaching that a true believer in Jesus Christ can lose his/her salvation, I have encountered this doctrine countless times, mainly from Pentecostals and Church of Christ members who say that you can walk away or do something worthy of losing your salvation? Well I thought I would post some great articles and audio sources on the doctrine of "Perseverance of the Saints" or what I like to call "If Saved Always Saved". Please use an open Bible when reading or listening to any of these sources.

R. C. Sproul - Can a Sinning Christian Lose His Salvation?
R. L. Dabney - The Five Points of Calvinism, Part 5
Sam Storms - Defense of the Perseverance of the Saints - Part 1 / Part 2
Charles Spurgeon - Eternal Security
A.W. Pink - Eternal Security / Book
H. A. Ironside - Eternal Security of the Believer
John Gill - Final Perseverance
J.W. Hendryx - Biblical Reflections on Hebrews 6
Octavius Winslow - No Condemnation in Christ Jesus / Book

Jonathan Sims - The Eternal Security of The Believer
John Piper - Those Whom He Justified He Also Glorified
John Piper - Sealed by the Spirit to the Day of Redemption
John MacArthur - The Saint's Guarantee
John MacArthur - Eternal Security
John MacArthur - The Extent of the Believer's Security
John MacArthur - The Perseverance of the Saints - Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Helen Roseveare - A Call for the Perseverance of the Saints
Arturo G. Azurdia III - Perseverance of the Saints
Jim McClarty - Perseverance of The Saints - The Arguments

"He who remains in this uncertainty remains a burdened and weary man. He who is contented with this uncertainty is contented with misery and danger. He who clings to this uncertainty as a right thing, can have no pretensions to the name of son, child, or saint of God: for in that uncertainty is there any feature of resemblance to the son or the saint; anything of the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father; any likeness to the filial spirit of the beloved Son of God?

He who resolves to remain in this uncertainty is a destroyer of his own soul; and he who tries to persuade others to remain in this uncertainty is a murderer of souls. He who does his best to make himself comfortable without the knowledge of his reconciliation and relationship to God, is a manifest unbeliever; and he who tries to induce others to be comfortable without this knowledge is something worse; if worse can be. That there are many among professing Christians who have not this knowledge, is a painful fact; that there are some who, instead of lamenting this, make their boast of it, is a fact more painful still; that there are even some who proclaim their own uncertainty in order to countenance others in it, is a fact the most painful of all.

Thus the questions about assurance resolve themselves into that of the knowledge of our relationship to God. To an Arminian, who denies election and the perseverance of the saints, the knowledge of our present reconciliation to God might bring with it no assurance of final salvation; for, according to him, we may be in reconciliation today, and out of it tomorrow; but to a Calvinist there can be no such separation. He who is once reconciled is reconciled for ever; and the knowledge of filial relationship just now is the assurance of eternal salvation. Indeed, apart from God's electing love, there can be no such thing as assurance. It becomes an impossibility." —Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

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