CHURCH OF CHRIST

BE­CAUSE IT TEACHES THAT A CHILD OF GOD CAN SO SIN AS TO BE ETERNALLY LOST

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The doc­trine that a child of God can­not so sin as to be eternally lost is not a new doc­trine. It is even spo­ken of in the Bi­ble. It is false, first preached in the long ago by the ser­pent in the Garden of Eden. God said that in the day Adam and Eve ate of the for­bid­den fruit, they would die. In con­tra­dic­tion, the ser­pent said: “You will NOT surely die” (Gen 3:4, NKJV). He was say­ing: “You shall not be con­demned be­cause it is im­pos­si­ble for you to fall and be lost.” Satan was the first to preach the im­pos­si­bil­ity of apostasy! I could never be a part of a re­li­gious sys­tem which teaches this doc­trine. More rea­sons could be given, but here are just a few:

Things a child of God must do to keep from fall­ing. See 2 Pet 1:10. The child of God is com­manded to give dili­gence to make his call­ing and elec­tion sure.

Chris­tians were warned to take heed lest they fall: “Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (I Cor 10:12).

Paul knew it was pos­si­ble for him to be re­jected. He said, “I dis­ci­pline my body and bring it into sub­jec­tion; lest when I have preached to oth­ers, I my­self should be­come dis­qual­i­fied” (1 Cor 9:27).

A child of God can quit be­liev­ing and fall away. “Be­ware brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of un­be­lief, in de­part­ing from the liv­ing God” (Heb 3:12).

A Chris­tian can fall from grace. “You have be­come es­tranged from Christ ... you have fallen from grace” (Gal 64). It was not only pos­si­ble in this case, but it had ac­tu­ally hap­pened.

A Chris­tian can so sin as to be in a worse con­di­tion than he was be­fore he be­came a Chris­tian. “The lat­ter end is worse for them than the be­gin­ning. It has hap­pened to them ac­cord­ing to the true proverb: A dog has re­turned to his own vomit, and a sow hav­ing washed to her wal­low­ing in the mire” (2 Pet 2:20-22).

The para­ble of the sower re­futes the im­pos­si­bil­ity of apostasy (Mt 13:3-8; Lk 8:415).

Some ac­cepted the Word but with­ered in times of per­se­cu­tion and temp­ta­tion. They failed to pro­duce good fruit (Mt 7:19) so were cast into the fire.

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