Program#L16The Theological Adventures of Johnny Lukewarm andPastor Loophole: Eternal Security Doctrine
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ThanksMark. Today we continue our mini-drama entitled TheTheological Adventures of Johnny Lukewarm and PastorLoophole. You may remember our characters, JohnnyLukewarm, and Pastor Loophole from our last broadcast.
(Lower) Please have a seat, Johnny. What seems to bebothering you today?
Johnnys brow furrows with concern. (Higher)Pastor Loophole, Im very upset about this particularpassage of scripture. It seems as though God is commandingme to do something I really dont want to do. Do Ireally have to repent, and stop sinning, and obey God? Oris there some other alternative?
(Lower) Why, certainly there is, Johnny, you just relax. I can offer you dozens of alternatives, and give you very logicalreasons why you dont have to obey God.
(Higher) Oh, thank goodness. For a minute there, Ithought Id actually have to change my behavior and obeyGod! Johnny breathes a sigh of relief. He sitsforward eagerly, with his itching ears searching for some way ofescape from the Holy Spirits conviction. But theSpirit of God is grieved away, and He slowly withdraws hisconviction from Johnnys life.
(Start) Nowlets continue on with our very last Loophole, entitledOnce Saved, Always Saved. So heres PastorLoophole again.
(Lower)Once youre saved, youre always saved, no matterhow much you sin. says Pastor Loophole. Youdont have to repent and persevere in holiness until theend. Just believe Jesus forgives you, and that makes ittrue. And once youre saved, Johnny, you can neverlose your salvation, no matter how much you sin. You cansin as much as you want, and youll never lose yoursalvation. The wages of sin isnt death, itsjust less jewels in your heavenly crown.
(Higher)Wow, thats great, says Johnny Lukewarm. Ialmost thought Id have to be holy to make it into heaven. But now I know that God forgives me even while I continue toenjoy my sins, and I cant ever lose my salvation. Ifeel very, very safe. Thanks Pastor Loophole, I feel muchmore secure now.
TIMEOUT! Lets look at the scriptures everybody, andrightly divide the word of truth. Lets separate thetruth from the lies in the advice given by Pastor Loophole. First, I want to acknowledge the true part. Its truethat when believers listen to the shepherds voice andfollow him, no one can snatch them out of his hand. But thelie is that you dont have to be holy, and you can still goto heaven. And the most dangerous lie is that you can feelsafe and secure, even while you continue to enjoy your sins. Heres the truth to replace that lie. Hebrews 10 says ifyou deliberately keep on sinning, no sacrifice for sins is left,but only judgment and raging fire that will consume the enemiesof God!
Now eternal security is a hot debate today. So let meclarify from the startI personally embrace eternal securitydoctrine, as long as it requires holiness and perseveringto the end. But most eternal security preachers refuse todemand holiness. They say, you can sin as much as youplease, and youll still go to heaven, because youreeternally secure, youre safe. But I say, be holy. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord. In Jesusname I rebuke any preacher out there, who intentionally oraccidentally, by argument or omission, lets people think they cantrifle with sin, wallow in it, and still go to heaven. Youpreachers are working for the devil himself.
Just imaginea young man, who thinks hes eternally secure, and saved andgoing to heaven, when hes really going to hell. Hewallows in his sins, and delays repentance, because you told himholiness was optional. But then hes shocked on theday of judgment, when Jesus says, I never knew you. Departfrom me you evildoers. For that young man, false assuranceof salvation is the most dangerous lie in existence. Nowhow can we preach eternal security properly, without givingpeople false assurance that theyre saved, when theyrereally not saved? By saying, be holy. Withoutholiness, no one will see the Lord.
Mosteternal security preachers do what I call ScriptureNullification. They use the half of the Bible theylike, to nullify the half of the Bible they dont like. If I read scripture x, they say, Well thatverse cant be true because of scripture y. They use one scripture they like, to nullify and brush asideanother scripture they dislike. This is scripturenullification. Shouldnt we instead try to find atheological model which incorporates both the scriptures we likeand the ones we dont? I propose such a model in mybook, which I believe sustains all the scriptures on both sidesof the eternal security debate, without just nullifying thedifficult half. If you want to read a balanced approach tothis, write us and get a copy of this book youre hearing meteach from.
But fornow, lets just read a few scriptures. I cantconvince anybody with my own arguments, so lets just readthe scriptures about apostasy (losing your salvation). Ifany single one of these scriptures proves you can lose yoursalvation, then preachers who say once saved, always saved,no matter how much you sin dont stand not against me;they stand against the Bible and against God.
2 Tim 2says, If we disown Him, He will also disown us.
Heresanother one. Romans 8 says, If you use your lives to dothe wrong things your sinful selves want, you will diespiritually.
Heresanother one out of 2nd Peter: If theyhave escaped the corruption of the world by knowing ourLord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangledin it and overcome, they are worse off at the end thanthey were at the beginning. It would have beenbetter for them not to have known the way of righteousness, thanto have known it and then to turn their backs on [it]
Ofthem the proverbs are true: A dog returns to itsvomit, and, A sow that is washedgoes back to her wallowing in the mud.
Nowheres another difficult passage, from Hebrews6. It is impossible for those who have once beenenlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, whohave shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted thegoodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, ifthey fall away, to be brought back to repentance...
Heresanother one, from 2nd John. Watch out thatyou do not lose what you have worked for,
does not continue in the teaching of Christdoes not have God; whoever continues in the teachinghas both the Father and the Son.
Heresanother one out of 1 Corinthians 15: By this gospel youare saved, if you hold firmly to the word Ipreached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
In theparable of the sower, Jesus says the seed that fell on rockyplaces is the man who hears the word and at oncereceives it with joy. But since he has no root,he lasts only a short time. When trouble orpersecution comes because of the word, he quickly fallsaway.
Illbe back with more scriptures in a minute, but lets take ashort break.
Middle segment by Mark McWilliams
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Thanksagain, Mark. Lets read a few more scriptures onapostasy, or losing your salvation. We list more than 50 ofthese in my book, but we can only read a few here.
Heresone out of 2 Chronicles 15. Im going to read it threetimes, slowly. I want you to let this scripture sink intoyour heart. The LORD is with you when you are with him. Ifyou seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, hewill forsake you. Here it is again. The LORD is withyou when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found byyou, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. Now someof you eternal security preachers are getting angry right now,but Im just reading your Bible out loud to you. Letsread it one more time. The LORD is with you when you arewith him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if youforsake him, he will forsake you. Wow.
Heresanother one. Did you realize that the Jews lost theirsalvation? Jesus said, I tell you that the
Heresanother one out of Matthew 24. At that time manywill turn away from the faith
the love of most will growcold, but he who stands firm to the end willbe saved.
Are yougetting something out of this? Heres another one from2 Peter 3. be on your guard so that you may not
fallfrom your secure position.
And thewriter of Hebrews says, See to it, brothers,that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turnsaway from the living God.
Nowheres a very clear statement from 1st Timothy 4. The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandonthe faith
Why does the Spirit clearly say thatsome will abandon the faith, if its not possible to abandonthe faith? Now you can disagree with the Holy Spirit if youwant to, but the Spirit clearly says that some will abandon thefaith.
Nowheres one from 1st Chronicles 28. Ifyou seek [God], he will be found by you; but ifyou forsake him, he will reject you forever.
Nowheres some from Ezekiel 18 and 33. Listen carefully. If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commitssin and does the same detestable things the wicked mandoes, will he live? None of the righteousthings he has done will be remembered. Because of theunfaithfulness he is guilty of, and because of the sinshe has committed, he will die.
Thoseare some hard scriptures. Let me finish with a niceroneone that supports real eternal securitythe kindthat includes holiness. 1st John 5 says, Weknow that anyone born of God does not continue to sin;the one who was born of God keeps him safe,and the evil one cannot harm him.
Nowtheres a lot of preachers out there doing mental gymnasticsto try to avoid all these scriptures. Id rather justbelieve them, and read them plainly, the way they were intended.
(Lower)But theyre just talking about having less jewels inyour crown. Says Pastor Loophole. Theyrenot talking about going to hell.
Thatsa lie! Jesus said, If anyone does not remainin me, he is like a branch that is thrownaway and withers; such branches are picked up, throwninto the fire and burned.
Wevegot to change our message everybody. Instead of preaching,Once youre saved, you can sin as much as you please,and youll always be saved, weve got to say,Once youre saved, persevere in holiness until theend, and youll always be saved.
(Higher)So how do I know when Ive crossed the line, and lostmy salvation? asks Johnny Lukewarm. But Johnny,youve already crossed the line, because you dont fearGod enough to immediately repent. If youre walking insin right now, and you know about it, and youre refusing torepent, youve already crossed the line. Yourealready going to hell, unless you immediately repent.
The onlysins that send you to hell are the ones you dont forsake. If you want real security, fear God and forsake your deadly sins. Dont wallow in your sinsthats dangerous. Theonly real safety comes with consistent holiness.
Now its true that God will never forsake his children. When Gods children occasionally sin, He doesntquickly forsake them, He patiently chastens them, because theLord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone heaccepts as a son.
(Lower)Well those people were never really saved in the firstplace
says Pastor Loophole. Butthats a cop-out. Why didnt they get saved inthe first place? Whose fault is that? Its yourfault they didnt get saved in the first place, because youtold them holiness was optional. The reason theywerent saved in the first place is clear: You told em to just accept Jesus as your Saviorinstead of demanding they whole-heartedly surrender to theLordship of Christ. Theyve never had a changeof governor! Theyve always ruled their own hearts! Repentance was never mandated, so they never did it! Theyread a shallow tract, said a quick prayer, believed they weresaved when the really werent, and they went on with theirworldly lifestyle. Thats why they werent savedin the first place, because Pastor Loophole, you never demandedthey repent. Thats why they went back into theworldbecause you never demanded they leave it in the firstplace.
PastorLoophole, if youre out there listening, here is Godsword to you, from Ezekiel 3. When a righteousman turns from his righteousness and does evil
hewill die. Since you did not warn him, he will diefor his sin. The righteous things he did will not beremembered, and I will hold you accountable for hisblood.
PastorLoophole, and all you pastors out there, God holds youaccountable for their blood, if you dont warn them toforsake their sins, and remain faithful to the end.
And JohnnyLukewarm, if youre out there listening, here is Godsword to you: Continue to work out your salvation withfear and trembling.
Keepwatch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. Keepwatch, maintain holiness. Keep your lamps full of oil. When the bridegroom returns suddenly, and youre not ready,youll say, Sir! Sir!...open the door for us! But Jesus will reply I tell you the truth, I dontknow you. Therefore keep watch, because you donot know the day or the hour.
Letspray together. Lets get this right with God. Wouldyou pray these words along with me, to God? Go ahead andsay them out loud. Father in heaven, I return to youaggressively and I choose to remain close to you until I die. Im so sorry Ive sinned against you. I want towork out my salvation with fear and trembling. I choose tolove you forever, and persevere in holiness until the end. Iforsake all my known sins. And I renounce all thoseteachers who told me that holiness was optional. God, Iinvite you to come and rule my heart, right now, and I commit topersevering in holiness until the end. In Jesus mightyname, Amen.
Did youjust pray with me? If you prayed with me, would you justraise your right hand? Wherever you are, its OK. Just raise your right hand up to God, as a sign that you prayedwith me, and gave your heart back to Him. Some of you arereceiving a physical healing in your bodies right now, asGods loving rulership takes over in your heart. Butif you prayed with me, can I ask you to write to me and get acopy of this book youre hearing me teach from? Ivebeen very fortunate and blessed to have this book read andendorsed by people like C. Peter Wagner, and Professors Tony Campoloand Jon Mark Ruthven, and Pastors Ted Haggard and Floyd McClung,and Joy Dawson and Bill Hamon. So you know itstrustworthy. Now in our next broadcast were going totell you the secret to maintaining consistent holiness. SoI hope youll tune in again next time. Now I love youand I care about you. So heres Mark with moreinformation.
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