Excerpt from the book Lie of the Ages
To His Own, Jesus says …
“If a man abide (remain, continue) not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:6
Testifying concerning his walk with the LORD and how he was initially misled by his then leaders, Brian Ivey writes:
“I was saved in my home church at the age of 12. I knew then God had been speaking to my heart and went down the aisle and said the prayer and repented and received Jesus. My life was clearly changed as I had been born again. Then, after being saved, I was immediately told by those same pastors that I was ‘once saved always saved.’ I believed this and though knowing I had been saved, I went right out and continued living a sinful lifestyle. Since I was ‘once saved always saved’ I reasoned ‘why should I change my ways?’ Well, being a brand-new believer in Christ, I took these leaders and their teaching literally. Following this I grew older and was faced with many temptations and I followed those temptations and did not resist them, thinking I was ‘once saved always saved.’ While living in sin I knew full well I was in the wrong. I remembered what I was told, ‘once saved always saved’, and continued believing this for about 7 years. Then, I went to a friend’s church one night and the leader was talking about salvation and that ‘once saved always saved’ was a lie from the devil. At the hearing of this truth my heart was convicted again of my sins and I repented afresh and went thru a discipleship program on how to walk with God. Since then I have often wondered how many people have been led astray to believe ‘once saved always saved’ who really think that they are eternally secure no matter how they live. This is very disturbing. I was headed for destruction and didn’t know it, but God intervened and saved me again. My prayer is that people will have the chance to know the whole truth about salvation before it’s too late.”
Was Brian offered biblically blessed assurance or blessed presumption? Brian was told that God loved Him, yet there was no hint to what the LORD required of him (Mic. 6:8; 1 Pet. 1:15-16). Brian was never told that the LORD wanted him to choose to love God with all of his heart, mind and strength (Matt. 22:37-39; Jn. 14:21). Was this new believer (babe in Christ) led to believe he could presume upon and take advantage of God’s grace? (See Rom. 6:1-2, 15; 2 Cor. 6:1.) Was Brian told about denying the self-life and lifting up Jesus in all things, fearing God, the essential of personal holiness, living his life by faith, the danger of falling away, trusting and fully obeying the LORD in all things He commanded, etc.? Was Brian instructed to “desire the sincere (pure) milk of the word” to grow as a believer and that God’s Word is final authority and to be studied and obeyed? (See Ps. 119; Lk. 4:4; 1 Pet. 2:2.) Was this new believer informed about nurturing intimacy in his new relationship with Jesus? Was there any hint of personal responsibility and accountability communicated to this new saint in order to help him to walk at peace with the LORD? Or, was Brian given man’s blessing to be presumptuous upon the grace of God and a license to be as irresponsible as he wished?
Brian is like millions today who have been lied to by their very leaders to believe something the Bible never teaches—an unconditional eternal security (Isa. 9:16).
Of the deluded religious leaders of his day, the prophet Ezekiel says:
“Because with lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.” ~ Ezekiel 13:22
Ezekiel the prophet cites the false teachers of his day for doing two evil things:
- “With lies ye have made the heart of the righteous sad.”
- “Strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life.”
The Holy Spirit reveals here that the “heart of the righteous” remnant is made “sad” by the false prophets who “with lies” strengthen the position of those who while claiming to be followers of Christ, live in unrepentant sin. Those who teach unconditional eternal security lie against the truth (James 3:14). In the LORD’s eyes, they are liars.
Promising eternal life, assurance with God to any person who is not born again, abiding sanctified in Christ, is sin! Stop it now. Ask God to forgive you! Begin preaching repentance. Memorize Proverbs 28:13.
“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13
Only a deceiver would give hope to a “Christian” who is living in sin. It doesn’t matter if one believes he is a deceiver or not, if the Word of God reveals that we are teaching falsehood, such is obvious (2 Tim. 3:7, 13; Titus 1:10-12, 15-16).
“Ye have wearied the LORD with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?” ~ Malachi 2:17
How had God’s people “wearied the LORD?” When they said that “Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the LORD, and he delighteth in them.” Did you catch this? The LORD said that it wearied Him when His people that were sinning people (in the church) were said to be “good in the sight of the LORD” and also said that “He (the LORD) delighted in them.” God is holy and unchanging and does not see sinning people as “good” or delightful, regardless of whether or not that person served the LORD in the past. The Word instructs “The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).
“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are abomination to the LORD.” ~ Proverbs 17:15
Anita Padgett writes: “I just want to say I’m very pleased with you speaking out against that ‘once saved always saved’ doctrine. Somebody has to stand up to it. You have been ordained for this very day and age, so don’t give up. I believe those who preach that doctrine may mean well but there is not one Scripture that says that we can profess Christ and go back out in sin. No matter how hard they try to interpret the Scriptures it just does not say that! I was a part of a church that preached that … but it’s leading people astray. It leads people to believe ‘I’m saved by grace and that means I can do anything I want,’ and it’s leaving people worse off than what they were before coming to know the Lord. I have a very dear close relative who was under that preaching for a long time and he of course left the church and returned to sin and addictions. All he knows is, ‘I’m saved by grace,’ and he’s really messed up now. That false doctrine makes people think they have a license to sin. In fact, that very same pastor who taught that doctrine adamantly, preached it so much that now his own son who was raised in this Baptist Church is gone out into homosexual living. And of course, he has been taught ‘I’m saved by grace, so I can do whatever I want.’ Well I know one thing for sure, no homosexual is going to enter into the Pearly Gates of Heaven. I believe, had the Pastor taught about our need to turn from our sins—not just professing Christ and going back in sin—things would have been different for them. I truly believe it. The pastor is to be blamed as well as those who hear this heresy – just as Adam and Even were accountable when Satan first told this life in Genesis (2:17; 3:4). I do know that teaching ‘I’m saved by grace. I’m going to be sealed forever, so I can do whatever I want,’ has a lot to do with it. It’s a horrible teaching, it’s a stumbling block for the blind, and it comes straight from the pit of hell. Glory be to God. Amen.”
WHY do eternal securists get all upset when their fairy tale is exposed? Well, they are hiding behind the thin veneer of this heresy, feeling all secure, emboldened to live as they please, feeling assured in their lukewarmness and sin … denying Jesus instead of self, refusing to take up the cross that Jesus commanded all who would follow Him truly (Luke 9:23-24). Christ’s apostle Paul speaks of self-serving “enemies of the cross of Christ.” (Philippians 3:18-19) What’s behind this myth? The Psychology of Eternal Security [book]