Eternal Security

Eternal security is sometimes referred to as blessed assurance, and still other times it is referenced as once saved always saved. This topic regardless to how you address it has been debated for years. I will address each view point according to the way these phrases are used.

Eternal Security

This viewpoint states that once a person has become born-again, he is guaranteed or secured citizenship in eternity. Eternal security is a valid argument; there is such a thing as eternal security; just not in the sense that it is commonly applied. The fact is that everyone will spend eternity somewhere; either the kingdom of heaven or the kingdom of hell. The choice is yours.
The questions to be asked is: does being born-again give you a secure position in heaven? Eternal security or as commonly thought of as a guaranteed position in heaven is like freedom. In the United States, a person has freedom the instant he is born. That freedom did not cost him anything and that freedom is guaranteed as long as he abstains from breaking the laws of the land. Once he breaks those laws, he has forfeited his freedom and runs the risk of being incarcerated in a minimum or maximum security institution possibly for a lifetime, depending on the severity of the crime. Eternal security is much the same way; once you are born again, you will have eternal security in heaven as long as you avoid breaking God’s laws; otherwise you will have eternal security in a different kingdom.
Another popular argument is that if a person turns back to the ways of the world after being born-again, he was never truly saved. Scripture doesn’t confirm that thought pattern, because the parable of the sower in Luke 8:5-15 shows otherwise. The parable is given in Luke 8:5-8 and its interpretation in Luke 8:9-15. Other scriptures, that parallels with this is Mt. 13:3-23 and Mark 4:3-20.
To better understand the parable let’s isolate the main focus points. We have seed sown in four different types of soil conditions; some by the way side, some on stony ground, some in the thorns, and some in the good ground. Each condition or soil type responded differently. Seed represents the word of God; Luke 8:11, “…..the seed is the word of God.” The seed is sown into the heart; Mark 4:15, “…..the word that was sown in their hearts.” The parable of the sower truly shows that there are four different kinds of hearts.
The first kind of heart immediately rejects the word because Satan attacks them immediately capturing the word before they have a chance to believe. Satan’s attack is to keep them in an unsaved state; Luke 8:12, “…..lest they should believe and be saved.” The second kind of heart receives the word and believes; therefore they are saved; Luke 8:13, “…..receive the word with joy….. which for a while believe.” The third kind of heart hears the word and accepts it classifying them as saved; Luke 8:14, “…..when they have heard, go forth…..” The fourth kind of heart is the heart that received the word and keep it, classifying them as saved: Luke 8:15, “…..having heard the word, keep it.” After examining the four different kinds of hearts; the first heart was never saved. The second heart was saved, but only for a short time. The third heart was saved, but allowed the ways of the world to choke the word out of his heart. The forth heart is the only one of the four different hearts that kept the word; that heart will have eternal security in the Kingdom of Heaven. The second and third heart received the word at first (born-again), but later turned back to their old ways; thus establishing the fact that it is possible to turn away from or forfeit your salvation through the choices you make.

Blessed Assurance

This viewpoint states that a person has the blessed assurance that he will spend eternity in heaven. Blessed assurance is both overstated and overrated from today’s church point of view, because it gives man the false sense of security that if he is born-again he automatically enters the Kingdom of Heaven. The word blessed means highly favored and assurance means confidence or to have no doubt.
Mankind is highly favored (blessed) because of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son…..” God gave his son in order that mankind’s right standing with God could be restored. Because Jesus shed his blood, he paid the price for our sins. His death guaranteed that mankind had a way to the Father. Jesus restored the way to the kingdom of God for us. Jesus is the word; John 1:1 and Jesus is the truth; John 14:6. Since Jesus is the word and the word is truth and He died for our sins, we are highly favored (blessed) and we have confidence (assurance) that the shed blood of Jesus reconstructed the way that makes it possible for us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
A new road named blessed assurance was constructed when Jesus died on that cross, but before that all roads was leading to the same place; hell. Once a person is born-again he is now traveling on the road that leads to heaven. The way to heaven is long and narrow and sometimes along the way mankind gets caught up in the cares of this world; he detours and gets lost. The road of blessed assurance that leads to heaven still exists, but because of man’s detour, he is lost on one of the many roads that lead to destruction. We are to stay on the straight and narrow road of blessed assurance and not turn away; Heb. 10:35, “cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.” Since the death of Jesus, blessed assurance exists and will always exist, but it is your choice to continue to go down that one and only road that leads to heaven; Mt. 7:14, “…..narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Once saved always saved

This viewpoint indicates that once a person is born-again or saved, he can never lose or forfeit his salvation. One of the scriptures commonly used to support this point of view is John 6:27; “…..for him hath God the Father sealed.” Another scripture is Eph. 1:13; “… were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise…..” One more scripture is Eph. 4:30; “…..whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.”
The key word in all of the above scriptures is sealed. We are sealed from the remembrance of our pass sins; Heb. 10:16-17, “this is the covenant that I will make with them after those days…..and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Jesus Christ came into this world to die for our sins; Heb. 9:28, “so Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many…..” Once Jesus Christ died for our sins, our past was sealed. The moment we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior (born-again), we are no longer held accountable for our past sins; however the future sins (sins after being born-again) are different; we are held accountable for them; Rev. 20:12, “…..and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” From the standpoint of being saved from your past sins, once saved always saved is a true statement. From the standpoint that you are saved for eternity, once saved always saved does not apply.
Just because a person is born-again, does not automatically reserve a place in heaven for him; Mt. 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” In this passage there are some people who were obviously born-again, because they called on the name of the Lord; Mt. 7:22, “Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord…..”. Scripture points out that a person is saved if he calls on the name of the Lord; Rom. 10:13, “for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Jesus said that every one who is saved (called on the name of the Lord) will not enter the kingdom of heaven; thus invalidating the belief, once saved always saved, that a person cannot lose his or her salvation or place in the kingdom of heaven.
When the aforementioned doctrines are taught, every necessary precaution should be taken to insure that the congregation or members do not misunderstand the full scope of their meaning. If they believe or think that they cannot lose their salvation, they are served an injustice. This places them in grave danger, especially those who are weak. Then there are others who will take that doctrine as a license to steal; thinking as long as they have accepted Christ that they are free to take a liberty here and there, and still be in that perfect will of God. This is not the case; Mt. 24:13, “…..he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. The key phrase here is: endures unto the end. Scripture again confirms the same; Heb. 10:36, “for ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” Only after you have endured until the end (physical life) will you receive the promise of entering into the Kingdom of God.

Note:  if there is such a thing as eternal security, then explain why Satan and the fallen angels lost their abode in heaven. Rev. 12:7-8.