A couple of months ago I had an email exchange with Van Minter from the “Lake Ridge
Bible Church” in Mesquite, TX (a closet Baptist church). He affirmed the old “once saved,
always saved” position in our email discussion. On the website of the “church” he works with,
their official position is (notice that the Scriptures used do not state what they say they do):
“Salvation — Salvation from the eternal consequences of Adam's sin and our own sins comes
by the unmerited grace of God and is received by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). Christ died in
the place of all sinners and rose again (Matthew 20:28, 1 John 2:2, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8) to
reconcile holy God and sinful mankind (2 Corinthians 5:19), and to redeem mankind from the
eternal consequences of the fall (Colossians 1:14, 20-22). However, Christ's death is only
effective for those who believe (John 3:16-18). All true believers are eternally secure in Christ
(John 10:28-30, 1 John 5:11-13)” (http://www.lakeridgebiblechurch.org/beliefs.htm).
Most common sense Bible students can easily see that we are not saved by faith alone
(Mark 13:13, Mark 16:15-16, John 5:34, John 10:9, Acts 2:21, Acts 2:47, Acts 4:10-12, Romans
1:16, Romans 8:24, Romans 10:10, I Corinthians 1:18, I Corinthians 5:4-5, I Corinthians 15:1-2,
II Corinthians 7:10, and I Peter 3:20-21). If salvation were by grace through faith alone, the
Scriptures would be useless because they teach us how to live, not just how to believe (Psalms
119:105, Romans 12:1-2, Titus 2:11-14, and II Peter 1:1-4). Through Christ we learn obedience
and we learn that we do have a role in our salvation (Acts 2:40 and Philippians 2:5-12). Anyone
who has ever even skimmed through James 2:14-26 could not walk away believing as does the
“Lake Ridge Bible Church” in Mesquite, TX.
Most can even easily see that Christ did not die in our place, for we never had a place on
the cross. Christ is not our substitution like the ram was for Isaac (Genesis 22:10-13). Jesus is
the SACRIFICE (Ephesians 5:2 and Hebrews 10:10-12), not the substitution. This is clear, but
what about eternal security?
The passages state: “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all;
and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one... And this
is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the
Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written
unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal
life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God” (John 10:28-30 and I John 5:11-
First, let’s deal with John 10:28-30. Who is it that is given eternal life, that shall never
perish, and cannot be plucked from the hand of the Lord? The preceding verse says: “My
sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). Who is therefore
given eternal life? Those that hear the voice of the Lord and follow Him. Two chapters before
Jesus said: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my
word, then are ye my disciples indeed” (John 8:31). The context teaches conditional salvation
as does the rest of the record (I John 2:1-6). Secondly, the fact that someone cannot take our
salvation is a whole different subject than one being able to give up their salvation (Hebrews 3:
8-13), or lose it because of sin (Hebrews 10:26-31; 12:1). We shall discuss this more later.
Secondly, let’s think about I John 5:11-13. Does anything in these passages say you
cannot fall away or that you are saved by faith only? NO! In fact, this same book denies
salvation by faith only and the eternal security error by way of conditions on our continued
redemption. Notice: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one
with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin... If we confess
our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness... Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If
that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the
Son, and in the Father” (I John 1:7; 9; 2:24). Furthermore, as we discuss other passages the
idea that you cannot fall away becomes ridiculous.
Notice a few of the many warnings: “They on the rock are they, which, when they hear,
receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of
temptation fall away... Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified
by the law; ye are fallen from grace... But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:
lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway...
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall... For it is impossible for
those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made
partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the
world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they
crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame... As also in all
his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto
their own destruction. Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware
lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness”
(Luke 8:13, Galatians 5:4, I Corinthians 9:27; 10:12, Hebrews 6:4-6, and II Peter 3:16-17).
Space has certainly brought this article to a close. But the subject has much more that
could be said. Please read the following Scriptures to close the arguments of “once saved,
always saved” (Acts 8:12-24, I Corinthians 5:1-8, Colossians 1:23, I Timothy 1:19-20, I Timothy
4:1-3, I Timothy 5:15, II Timothy 2:14-18, II Timothy 4:10-17, James 5:19-20, II Peter 2:20-22, II
John 8-9, and Revelation 2:1-7; 2:12-29; 3:1-6; 3:14-22).
|Volume IX ~ Issue VII ~ November 9th, 2008
|Edited by: Brian A. Yeager
|Are “All True Believers” Eternally Secure?
By: Brian A. Yeager
|Does John 10:28-30 and I John 5:11-13 Teach Eternal Security?
|Clearly, You CAN Fall From Grace!