Eternal Security

We had an interesting discussion at tonight’s Bible Study: can a Christian lose his or her salvation? I introduced the ‘Calvinist’ and ‘Arminian’ perspectives and we examined several scriptures cited by each. It’s certainly true that the Bible appears to advocate both.

I was once a firm Arminian but would now consider myself Reformed (poor John Calvin would be appalled by people claiming to be followers of his). This is why: faithfulness to God is a good work. If I must be faithful in order to remain saved, I am saved by good works, which is contrary to the gospel. No, I am saved entirely by God’s free grace. It is He who keeps me faithful, not I. If He keeps me, He will not allow me to wander.

Yet scripture warns me against complacency and backsliding. So although I shall be vigilant, making my calling and election sure, I concurrently rejoice in Jesus’ words: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (John 10:28).