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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.