Conditional Security

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If we assume that our behavior is the fruit of our being saved, and that we are saved in spite of ourselves, why is the Bible chock-full of warnings to the believer? We are called to confirm our election. We are told to walk in Him. We are told to abide, lest He not abide in us! If our election is sure, if we will persevere in spite of ourselves, why did God give us so many reminders to behave?

I mean, there was a lot of work in getting those Scriptures to you! First somebody had to write these things down. Then, the words had to stick around until Constantine (unlike the first letter to the Corinthians!). After that, they were confirmed as divinely inspired. Finally, they had to be translated at least once again to get to the book in your hands. That is a lot of effort. And yet God used a lot of the New Testament to specifically tell us how to keep our act together.

The Arminian belief regarding apostasy is called conditional preservation of the saints, or sometimes conditional security. Because I like being able to talk, we’re going with the one that’s less of a mouthful.

Conditional security means that our faith and salvation are sure, so long as we abide. So long as we walk with Him. Nothing can take our salvation from us; yet we may take it from ourselves. Arminians don’t think believers are engaged in a divine tug-of-war. They feel believers are trying to walk a difficult road, with easier choices on all sides.

2 Chronicles 15:1-2 The Spirit of God came upon Azariah the son of Oded, and he went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The LORD is with you while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you.

Luke 8:11-13 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. The ones along the path are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away.”

John 15:5-6 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

Romans 11:19-21 Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.

1 Corinthians 15:1-2 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

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