Last month we concluded a four-part series on eternal security. The Bible clearly teaches that once we receive salvation we can never lose it. This month we are going to review a common argument against eternal security that can result in a mindset that says a Christian does not need to live for God.
Antinomianism is the view that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the law. The idea is that, since Christ died for all of our sins, we can live ungodly as Christians and have a free license to sin. Scripture plainly refutes this concept, as a quick read of Romans 6 will clearly show. Another way to refute antinomianism is to realize that according to Hebrews 12, God punishes the backslider—he who continues in sin.
Many who disagree with eternal security believe that the “once saved, always saved” crowd automatically assumes the antinomianism position. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Fear of losing salvation is not the Biblical motive for living holy—instead, the motive should be a genuine love for God experienced by those who are truly born again.
“For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” (II Corinthians 5:14-15)
People who show no signs of repentance or sanctification are probably not saved. Many people followed Jesus during his earthly ministry, but that doesn’t mean that they were all saved. For example, Judas Iscariot was one of the twelve; but he was never saved. John also teaches that not every person who followed Jesus was saved.
“They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” (I John 2:19)
Not every person who looks like, acts like, and states that he is a Christian is truly saved. However, a genuine Christian will produce spiritual fruit that can be seen by all.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:20)