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Eternal Security

I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. -John 10:28-29 (NIV)

Call me a conservative Baptist if you want (many of my theological beliefs are the same), but I wholeheartedly believe in the doctrine of eternal security. I think the biblical support for it is strong and it is one doctrine that I no longer question, as surely as I accept the Bible as God's written Word to humanity. I have heard [what appear to be] compelling arguments from some believers about speaking in tongues, prophesying and faith healing that have caused me to go back to Scripture and do some careful reconsideration and examination, but I have never heard a compelling argument against the idea that once you are saved, you are always saved. I take my Lord at His word on that one.

Much of my life I was afraid that I would do something to anger God, Who would in turn 'revoke my salvation.' So much wasted time filled with fear that would often immobilize my walk with Him. I am sure that Satan loves such things. I had to learn to take God at His word and proceed from there to grow in His grace and knowledge.

Please don't take my words as some sort of encouragement to run wild in sin and abandon the quest to live a Holy life in Jesus, because they are most definitely not intended that way. I think if we are truly saved, the Holy Spirit will convict us to the point where we change out of not just necessity, but strong desire to do so.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. -Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)

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