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Does “eternal life” equal “eternal security?”

Discussion in 'Baptist Theology & Bible Study' started by Craigbythesea, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. EdSutton

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    May I? I await your response.
     
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    What a wonderful discussion we are having. Hey, Craig, I responded to the two questions directly. Guess you were so busy noting the other responses you didn't see mine?
     
  3. standingfirminChrist

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    Helen,

    Craig saw the answers, he just didn't accept them. That is why he said...

    Helen. Please limit your replies to these two questions.
     
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    Thank you for reminding me. I must have forgotten...
     
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    The rude and obnoxious posts in this thread are an excellent example of the depths of sin that Baptists who believe that they are eternally secure, no matter how wickedly they treat other Christians, are willing to plunge themselves into. And these rude and obnoxious posts are, therefore, an illustration of the perniciousness of the doctrine of eternal security.

    Now are there any Baptists who would like to politely contribute to our knowledge of the interpretation of the New Testament by answering the questions asked, or are there not?

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    Yer a riot Helen. Turning the tables back on Him. It is ok for him to post something that has nothing to do with the questions, but we can't. lol
     
  7. Craigbythesea

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    You responded to the two questions but you did not answer them. Do you know how any of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible were interpreted prior to the reformation? If you do, please tell us which one of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible you are addressing and how it how it was interpreted. All that you have to do to answer this question is to quote pre-Reformation authors that interpreted the passage that you are addressing.

    Do you know how any of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible were interpreted since the reformation by any of the Bible scholars, pastors, and Christian lay people who hold to the doctrine of conditional? If you do, please tell us which one of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible you are addressing and how it how it was interpreted. All that you have to do to answer this question is to quote post-Reformation authors who believe in conditional security that interpreted the passage that you are addressing.

    Answering these questions does not require seven years of post doctoral studies in soteriology—all that answering them requires is a very basic knowledge of the interpretation of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible from the conditional security point of view both before and after the reformation.

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    Do you know how any of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible were interpreted prior to the reformation? If you do, please tell us which one of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible you are addressing and how it how it was interpreted. All that you have to do to answer this question is to quote pre-Reformation authors that interpreted the passage that you are addressing.

    Do you know how any of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible were interpreted since the reformation by any of the Bible scholars, pastors, and Christian lay people who hold to the doctrine of conditional? If you do, please tell us which one of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible you are addressing and how it how it was interpreted. All that you have to do to answer this question is to quote post-Reformation authors who believe in conditional security that interpreted the passage that you are addressing.

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    Craig--

    Is your needle stuck in a groove? You seem to be very repetitious
     
  10. standingfirminChrist

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    Actually, I posted way back something to the effect that those who believed the words of Jesus Christ preached eternal life from the 1st century AD to present.
     
  11. Craigbythesea

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    Why do I get the impression that those replying to my opening post do not have even a very basic knowledge of the interpretation of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible from the conditional security point of view both before and after the reformation? And yet, without even this most basic and fundamental knowledge these very people have been the most vocal in giving their own personal interpretation of these passages.

    “Of course, you are not such wiseacres as to think or say that you can expound Scripture without assistance from the works of divines and learned men who have laboured before you in the field of exposition. If you are of that opinion, pray remain so, for you are not worth the trouble of conversion, and like a little coterie who think with you, would resent the attempt as an insult to your infallibility. It seems odd, that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves, should think so little of what he has revealed to others.” Charles H. Spurgeon

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    God has revealed to us through the scripture that we have eternal life. We need not study other man's writings to know this, or to refute this. We know we haveeternal life becauseJesus Christ told us that we do.
     
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    ‘…nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. If one dear saint of God had perished, so might all; and then there is no gospel promise true, but the Bible is a lie, and there is nothing in it worth my acceptance… If I did not believe the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, I think I should be of all men the most miserable, because I should lack any ground of comfort.’ Charles H. Spurgeon.

    http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/eternalsecurity.htm

    Seems that Charles H. Spurgeon believed in Eternal Security--the man you just quoted
     
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    And of course everyone who is familiar with the pre-Reformation writings on the subject of eternal life knows very well that none the pre-Reformation writers interpreted any of the “eternal life” passages in the Bible in the manner that most Baptists interpret them today. All Christians believe what Jesus preached about eternal life—but some have NO IDEA what Jesus meant by the terminology and phraseology that He used. All that they know is their own personal interpretation of the terminology and phraseology that He used because they have never bothered to study the works of others throughout the history of the Church in order to come to a learned understanding of the terminology and phraseology that He used. Their philosophy as illustrated by their posts in this thread is, “Don’t bother me with the facts—I already know the truth; and if you disagree with me, that makes it very obvious that all of your learning is nothing but vanity.”

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    ‘…nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. If one dear saint of God had perished, so might all; and then there is no gospel promise true, but the Bible is a lie, and there is nothing in it worth my acceptance… If I did not believe the doctrine of the final perseverance of the saints, I think I should be of all men the most miserable, because I should lack any ground of comfort.’ Charles H. Spurgeon.

    http://www.jesusplusnothing.com/studies/online/eternalsecurity.htm

    Seems that Charles H. Spurgeon believed in Eternal Security--the man you just quoted
    </font>[/QUOTE]It does not only “seem as though” Charles H. Spurgeon believed in eternal security—he definitely did. I did not quote Charles H. Spurgeon because he was always right about everything—I quoted Charles H. Spurgeon because on the issue of the necessity of studying the writing of others he was absolutely correct. Truth is truth wherever and by whomever it is found; and untruth is untruth wherever and by whomever it is found. Neither debasing nor exalting a man has any bearing whatsoever on the veracity of his words. Some people, however, with an exceptionally limited education, and therefore without the ability to refute the teachings of the educated, resort to debasing the teacher and thereby make their own ignorance known to all. Let us all hope that there is none of that in this thread.

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    Why should anyone refute the Words of Jesus Christ? Unless they are not saved.....
     
  17. Craigbythesea

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    But Jesus also taught that only he who endures to the end will be saved:

    Matt. 24:1. Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.
    2. And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down."
    3. As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
    4. And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.
    5. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.
    6. "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
    7. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.
    8. "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
    9. "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
    10. "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
    11. "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
    12. "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.
    13. "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

    Matt. 25:14. "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.
    15. "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.
    16. "Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.
    17. "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more.
    18. "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
    19. "Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and *settled accounts with them.
    20. "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.'
    21. "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
    22. "Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.'
    23. "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
    24. "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.
    25. 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'
    26. "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.
    27. 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.
    28. 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'
    29. "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
    30. "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Mark 4:16. "In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
    17. and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.

    Mark 13. "You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

    Luke 8:13. "Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

    John 15:5. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
    6. "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
    7. "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
    8. "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
    9. "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
    10. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
    11. "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

    (All Scriptures are from the NASB, 1995)

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  18. Craigbythesea

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    No one is refuting the words of Jesus Christ! Your PERSONAL INTERPRETATION of the words of Jesus is, however, refuted by Jesus Christ and several of the New Testament writers,

    Matt. 13:20. "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy;
    21. yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away.

    Matt. 24:1. Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him.
    2. And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another, which will not be torn down."
    3. As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"
    4. And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.
    5. "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.
    6. "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.
    7. "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.
    8. "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.
    9. "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.
    10. "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.
    11. "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.
    12. "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.
    13. "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

    Matt. 25:14. "For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them.
    15. "To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.
    16. "Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.
    17. "In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more.
    18. "But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
    19. "Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and *settled accounts with them.
    20. "The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, 'Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.'
    21. "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
    22. "Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.'
    23. "His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
    24. "And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.
    25. 'And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.'
    26. "But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed.
    27. 'Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest.
    28. 'Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.'
    29. "For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away.
    30. "Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

    Mark 4:16. "In a similar way these are the ones on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy;
    17. and they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately they fall away.

    Mark 13. "You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.

    Luke 8:13. "Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

    John 15:5. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
    6. "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
    7. "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
    8. "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
    9. "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.
    10. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love.
    11. "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.

    1 Cor. 9:27. but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.

    1 Cor. 10:11. Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.
    12. Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

    Gal. 5:1. It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.
    2. Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you.
    3. And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.
    4. You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

    Phil. 2:15. so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world,
    16. holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.

    Col. 1:21. And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds,
    22. yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach--
    23. if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

    2 Thes. 2:3. Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction,
    4. who opposes and exalts himself above every so- called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.
    5. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
    6. And you know what restrains him now, so that in his time he will be revealed.
    7. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way.
    8. Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming;
    9. that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders,
    10. and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
    11. For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false,
    12. in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness.that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

    1 Tim. 4:1. But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons,
    2. by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron,
    3. men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.

    1 Tim. 4:16. Pay close attention to yourself and to your teaching; persevere in these things, for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

    2 Tim 4:1. I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom:
    2. preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction.
    3. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires,
    4. and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.

    Heb. 3:12. Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God.
    13. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called "Today," so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.
    14. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end,

    Heb. 6:4. For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit,
    5. and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,
    6. and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
    7. For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;
    8. but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.

    Heb. 10:26. For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
    27. but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES.
    28. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
    29. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
    30. For we know Him who said, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY." And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE."
    31. It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

    James 5:19. My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back,
    20. let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

    2 Pet. 2:1. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
    2. Many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of the truth will be maligned;
    3. and in their greed they will exploit you with false words; their judgment from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.
    4. For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to pits of darkness, reserved for judgment;
    5. and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly;
    6. and if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter;
    7. and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men
    8. (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds),
    9. then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,
    10. and especially those who indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority. Daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties,
    11. whereas angels who are greater in might and power do not bring a reviling judgment against them before the Lord.
    12. But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of those creatures also be destroyed,
    13. suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong. They count it a pleasure to revel in the daytime. They are stains and blemishes, reveling in their deceptions, as they carouse with you,
    14. having eyes full of adultery that never cease from sin, enticing unstable souls, having a heart trained in greed, accursed children;
    15. forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
    16. but he received a rebuke for his own transgression, for a mute donkey, speaking with a voice of a man, restrained the madness of the prophet.
    17. These are springs without water and mists driven by a storm, for whom the black darkness has been reserved.
    18. For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,
    19. promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.
    20. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world by the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and are overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first.
    21. For it would be better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn away from the holy commandment handed on to them.
    22. It has happened to them according to the true proverb, "A DOG RETURNS TO ITS OWN VOMIT," and, "A sow, after washing, returns to wallowing in the mire."

    2 Pet. 3:14. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless,
    15. and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you,
    16. as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
    17. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard so that you are not carried away by the error of unprincipled men and fall from your own steadfastness,
    18. but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

    1 John 5:16. If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this.

    Jude 1:4. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
    5. Now I desire to remind you, though you know all things once for all, that the Lord, after saving a people out of the land of Egypt, subsequently destroyed those who did not believe.
    6. And angels who did not keep their own domain, but abandoned their proper abode, He has kept in eternal bonds under darkness for the judgment of the great day,
    7. just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.
    8. Yet in the same way these men, also by dreaming, defile the flesh, and reject authority, and revile angelic majesties.
    9. But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"
    10. But these men revile the things which they do not understand; and the things which they know by instinct, like unreasoning animals, by these things they are destroyed.
    11. Woe to them! For they have gone the way of Cain, and for pay they have rushed headlong into the error of Balaam, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
    12. These are the men who are hidden reefs in your love feasts when they feast with you without fear, caring for themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, doubly dead, uprooted;
    13. wild waves of the sea, casting up their own shame like foam; wandering stars, for whom the black darkness has been reserved forever.
    14. It was also about these men that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, "Behold, the Lord came with many thousands of His holy ones,
    15. to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds which they have done in an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."
    16. These are grumblers, finding fault, following after their own lusts; they speak arrogantly, flattering people for the sake of gaining an advantage.
    Keep Yourselves in the Love of God
    17. But you, beloved, ought to remember the words that were spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
    18. that they were saying to you, "In the last time there will be mockers, following after their own ungodly lusts."
    19. These are the ones who cause divisions, worldly- minded, devoid of the Spirit.
    20. But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,
    21. keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

    Rev. 3:5. 'He who overcomes will thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

    (All Scriptures are from the NASB, 1995)

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    You are wasting your time with those long posts--we don't read them. Long posts are a turn off---plus you need to rightly divide the Word -- Matthew 24 has NOTHING to do with eternal security and EVERYTHING to do with the PHYSICALLY enduring until the end of the tribulation.
     
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