“Proponents who deny that salvation can never be lost, reason on the subject in a marvelous way. They tell us …..

That no virgin’s lamp can go out; (Matt. 25:8)
That no promising harvest be chocked with thorns; (Matt. 13:22)
That no branch in Christ can ever be cut off from fruitfulness; (John 15:6)
That no name can be blotted out of God’s book! (Rev. 3:5)
That no salt can ever lose its savor; (Mat 5:13)
That nobody can ever “receive the grace of God in vain”; (2 Cor. 6:1)
That no one can “look back” after putting his hand to the plow. (Luke 9:62)
That Nobody can “grieve the Spirit” (Eph 4:30) till He is “quenched,” (1 Thess. 5:19) nor
That Nobody, or body of believers, can ever get so lukewarm that Jesus will spew them out of His mouth. Rev 3:16
They use reams of paper to argue that …
If one ever got lost he was never found;
That if one falls, he never stood.
If one was ever cast forth, he was never in
If one ever withered, (John 15:6) he was never green.
If one draws back, (Heb 10:38) he never had anything to draw back from.
That if one ever falls into spiritual darkness, he was never enlightened;
That if you again get entangled in the pollutions of the world, (2 Pet. 2:20-22) it shows that you never escaped.
That if you put salvation away, you never had it to put away,
That if you make shipwreck of your faith, (1 Tim. 1:19-20) there was no ship of faith there.
In short they say:
If you get it, you can’t lose it: and if you lose it you never had it. May God save us from accepting a doctrine, that must be defended by such fallacious reasoning. (John Wesley)

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  • God doesn’t drag us to heaven or hell, so to speak, by His “irresistible grace”. It is rather determination with which we follow Jesus faithfully in life AND in death and enter heaven. The early Christians appealed to the manner by which the incarnated Christ conducted Himself in life and in death. Did He coerce or compel anyone? It is only with love that He draws us to Himself. And those who draw near to Him [daily, carrying their crosses], He is able to save them forever, since He lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25).

  • Jairaj, New Jerusalem, Tirupati, India

    I (Caleb) am writing this on behalf of the brother. When i shared with him how the doctrine of Calvinism keeps people away from holiness and lulls them to sleep, he said “the best example of this is the employee of the Government of India; He is never afraid of losing his job (unlike in the private sector) and is therefore as corrupt as he can be.”

    I am sure God’s government is not like that. Neither do i think it is like the private sector, where one is fired at will as it is in America. A long rope is given, long enough for the person in question to feel guilty when charged at the judgment seat of Christ.

  • can u please explain more clearly “A long rope is given, long enough for the person in question to feel guilty when charged at the judgment seat of Christ.”

    • Remember how Pharaoh of Egypt hardened his heart even though he was given “a long rope?”

  • Markyle Corbilla’s good comment on a different post by Pastor John MacArthur:
    Clearly, Mr. MacArthur could not present the Good News. He mentioned the words “tension and pain” many times in one paragraph. There is no tension or pain in presenting the Gospel – if you are not a Calvinist. The Gospel is so plain, clear and simple but Calvinism made it so complicated. Calvinism is the most “self-contradicting” doctrine I have ever encountered. Here are some of their worst contradictions: 1) Calvinists claim that they believe that man is going to hell because of sin, yet they believe that man was condemned to hell before man was ever created, before man committed any sin and worst of all, without regard to any sin that man will commit in the future. 2) Calvinist claim to believe in both God’s sovereignty and human responsibility; how is that possible if God condemned the non-elect to hell even before he was ever created? 3) Some Calvinists claim that they are “mild” and do not believe in “double predestination,” this is a contradiction in itself. If a person is not chosen for heaven, where else will he go other than hell??? 4) Calvinists claim they portray a God who is loving and merciful. How can a loving and merciful God condemn billions of people to hell before He even created them?? In fact, many Calvinists teach (or imply) that God condemned billions to hell at His pleasure?? Isnt that cruel? That is not the God of the Bible. 5) Calvinists claim that they are passionate soul winners. How could they preach the Good News? If you believe that God does not love the world, the Jesus did not die for everyone, that God does not desire to save all men, that the eternal destiny of men is already sealed before they were even born and nothing can be done about it – what Good News are they going to preach? 6) Calvinists claim that regeneration must come first before man can repent and believe. Gal 3:26, John 1:12 and Eph 1:13 clearly teach that faith comes before regeneration. Then all Calvinists (without fail) turn around and claim, that regeneration, repentance and faith happen at the same time! Contradiction!