Once Saved, Always Saved?

This question is of course the primary question of the doctrine of eternal security. Adherents of this doctrine insist that an initial commitment to Christ is a binding, eternal matter. Continual commitment of faith in order to maintain a dynamic (moving) relationship is unnecessary.

It is taught in Ephesians 1:13-14 that, after a person has believed (a finished act), he is sealed with the Holy Spirit until the redemption of the purchased possession. This passage once and for all rules out the argument that one must continue to believe. There is no need for continuous faith on the part of the saved person… [1] J. F. Strombeck, Shall Never Perish (VanKampen Press), pp. 130-131..

The emphasis on an initial, rather than a continuing commitment, is clear.

We have previously mentioned that a true relationship must be maintained through the mutual consent of those involved. Eternal security advocates are quick to point out that we are talking about salvation and not relationship. Again we find a technical theology apart from an involvement theology. It is a twisted conception of relationship that leads a man to say, “He lost his fellowship with his Lord, but not his salvation.” Our salvation is that we are reconciled to God in a loving, happy fellowship!

It is our responsibility to discover God’s conditions in the matter of salvation, and then fulfill them! Having examined faith and repentance, we now turn our attention to the third and final condition of salvation continuance.

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1. J. F. Strombeck, Shall Never Perish (VanKampen Press), pp. 130-131..