Since the 16th Century and the radical changes that took place during the Reformation, the church has debated the apparent conflict between the perfect, sovereign will of God and the free will and responsibility of man. The argument continues unabated today. There seems to be no easy solution to the apparent conflict, although there have been several attempts through the centuries
What does the term "irresistible grace" mean? Whatever happened to free will? This first article in a short series will attempt to answer those questions.
There are many reasons people do not believe in the eternal security of the believer. In the next several articles, I want to address some of these reasons, though not particularly in any order.
In the first article in this series on eternal security, I set out to establish the theological basis for any clear understanding of the subject. That basis is that God is sovereign in all things, including salvation. Before moving on to the subject of sin and of man’s need for redemption, I want to add one additional thought to the concept of God.
Recently, I had an extended though pleasant discussion about theology with a new friend from a Pentecostal background who asked me if I believed in "once saved, always saved."
Salvation is the means by which fallen humanity, separated from God by their sinful nature, are set free from the bondage of sin, reconciled to God the Father, and made qualified to serve in the ministry of the kingdom of God.
Have you ever heard anyone say something like this, “Becoming a Christian is easy; being a Christian – living the Christian life – is the tough part”? For anyone practicing the faith that God has instilled in them, the second part of this statement has been proven true on more than one occasion. However, I would like to take issue with the first part of the statement.