"The very assertion that a Christian can lose their salvation is tantamount to saying that what Christ accomplished on the cross was insufficient to save completely and so you need to trust in yourself to maintain your own righteousness, and this is not unlike Roman Catholic theology. To say Christ can lose us is the same as believing that what Christ did is not enough for someone... That you MUST MAINTAIN YOUR OWN JUSTIFICATION.
This is a form of legalistic self-justification to believe that you can either attain or maintain your own righteousness before God and it is itself a denial of Christ, the very error the Hebrews were tempted to make, that the author was speaking of. In fact this is a backdoor to the Galatian heresy where Paul says, "Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?" (Gal 3:3) To believe one can lose salvation, therefore, is trusting in something other than Jesus Christ to keep you righteous in Him."
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Maintaining Your Justification?
As some of you know one of things that really gets under my skin is the false teaching that a true Christian can loose his/her salvation and there are few that make these claims who truly ever come out from under this burdensome teaching. To try and shed some light on this topic I want to direct you to an article by J.W. Hendryx over at Reformation Theology titled Biblical Reflections on Hebrews 6, below is a quote from the article.