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Our Fight Against Eternal Security - How It All Began
Have Nothing To Do With Them
The Journey Begins
It was only about nine years ago that I was brought face to face with the deadly doctrine of eternal security, otherwise known as once saved - always saved. I've enjoyed a personal relationship with Christ all my life. I'm sixty at this writing and you'd think I'd be more privy to such a belief, but not so.
Now, several years later and years of Biblical exegesis, I'm more perplexed than ever as to how scripture could be twisted to support such a ridiculous notion! The time has now come for me to share our story in hopes others can benefit.
It all came to a head one Sunday at church when a teacher expressed his view in the study of Hebrews. His inaccurate explanations of certain verses caused a discussion to begin within the classroom concerning whether a christian would remain "saved" even though they continued in their sins. After the service, we felt as if we had been gut-shot. In the thirty years we'd been a part of this denomination at this particular church, never had we heard such erroneous teaching. When my husband sought out the preacher to determine what should be done, to our shock, he said he agreed with the teacher. Whhaaaat? But this goes against scripture...against our doctrine...against the doctrine of Christ...against the denominational treatise. And so began our journey. What is to be done with a false doctrine teacher and preacher? Scripture is clear about what is to be done, but what of the congregation?
Conversations with the members was the next step. Surely we were all in one accord....NOT! "I don't know what I believe." "I think I agree with the preacher." "It's not worth making a big deal of this." "I don't know scripture that well." We began to feel as if we were in the twilight zone. This can't be happening! We wondered, "How can two young men who might have been here three years, destroy everything we've held sacred?" Ah, and there's the million dollar question...Where had our priorities been? What is sacred? How much had we compromised? (More of this in another blog)
Our punishment? One Sunday night in October, in a deacon's meeting, our crimes were read by the little man leading the pack. A hand-written piece of paper listed them and the eyes of the reader and the others could not even be lifted to look at the accused. As a side note here, sitting on the desk of the preacher was Rick Warren's book, "The Purpose Driven Church" and the steps were followed with great accuracy to "get rid of the dissenters."
Very early the next morning, the preacher paid us a visit asking us to come back - with restrictions...no teaching...no office holding...no this...no that. Pew warming...that was it...pew warming. Just before he left, I asked him the question that solidified his deadly doctrine. I will call her Sally but she has a real name and soul. Sally had given her life to the Lord, but had since turned and gone back to a wicked way of life. I asked him the question we have since asked so many times of those like him, "If she were to die today, where do you believe she would go?" His answer was, "She was probably not saved to begin with." (Hell). Since then, I've become painfully aware of the other twist on eternal security ..."She's still saved and would go to Heaven, but she's out of "fellowship" with God."
For me personally, the most wonderful thing that came out of all this was my knowledge of love. Though I was tremendously hurt, mostly for my husband and children, I realized the love I had and still have for the people at that particular institution and all of mankind across this world. It is because of this love that I will not be idle and let false teachers slip in. As long as there is a platform, I will proceed with my story.
I wondered when the time would come when it was to be made public and the time is now.