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Die Acht Pfeiler der Ewigen Sicherheit oder der Umsturz eines Götzen

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Die Acht Pfeiler der Ewigen Sicherheit oder der Umsturz eines Götzen

Von Jeff Paton

An Idol 1: A representation or symbol of an object of worship: A false god... 4: An object of extreme devotion. 5: A false conception.

( Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, Merriam-Webster 1991_)_

Oh, gross ist die Diana der Calvinisten! If one genuine Christian can fall, slip away, apostatize, or be severed from Christ, not only will eternal security, the head of their idol, come toppling down, but so will the rest of her defiled body! Is it any wonder that, despite the fact that the whole of Scripture is decisively against them, they must at all costs save their precious license for sin? We could list many cases of certain individuals who have been made examples of in the apostolic record. We could list several clear and unambiguous passages that either speak directly about the possibility and danger of apostasy and falling away or give inference to this possibility through logical conclusion. Nevertheless, this will not do, for the high priests of this unholy deception have already cast a spell of Scriptural blindness with their twisting of the Word of God that is so pleasing to the tickled ears of their hearers. Their minds, eyes, and hearts have been dulled and darkened so that they cannot comprehend these truths.

The blatant and open sinning of those who have dishonored Christ by their profession of Christianity proves their salvation is highly questionable. When asked how they can claim to be saved while they live in sin, their explanation is always about their faith in the doctrine of eternal security . . . and never about their faith in Christ! Christ brings conviction while eternal security brings comfort. Between the two, they choose the idol.

Proving that eternal security is without Biblical support is the only way to knock out this false prop from under the eternal security proponent. This is not a difficult task to do if we examine their "proofs" anew and allow the Bible to speak for itself. We will not dodge the issues and "explain away" the texts that seem difficult as the eternal security folks do, but each of their pillars will be approached within its context and the Word of God as a whole.

Pfeiler Eins

Meine Schafe hören meine Stimme, und ich kenne sie, und sie folgen mir nach. Und ich gebe ihnen ewiges Leben, und sie werden in Ewigkeit nicht umkommen, und niemand wird sie aus meiner Hand reißen. Mein Vater, der sie mir gegeben hat, ist größer als alle, und niemand kann sie aus meines Vaters Hand reißen. Johannes 10,27-29 (Schlachterbibel 1951)

Mit ein wenig Gelehrsamkeit kann über diesen Vers aufgeklärt werden. Im griechischen Text sind hören und folgen in der Präsens Zeitform. Was heisst das? Es heisst, dass nur die, welche Christus jetzt hören und folgen seine Schafe sind. Jene, die in einem Zustand der forgesetzten Sünde leben, sind nicht seine Schafe, da sie Jesus weder hören noch folgen. Wer ist sicher? Die Schafe. Wer kann nicht weggerissen (durch Gewalt weggenommen) werden? Die Schafe. Wem gibt Jesus (Gegenwartsform) ewiges Leben? Jenen, die Schafe sind. Wer sind die Schafe? Wer wird in Ewigkeit nicht umkommen? Wem gibt Christus ewiges Leben? Nur jenen, die jetzt hören und nachfolgen! Wen beschützen Jesus und der Vater in ihren Händen? Not the one who heard and followed, but only those who are actively believing now with an obedient faith. Is this not works? No! It is genuine faith! This is true biblical security.

Der Begriff "wegreissen" bedeutet mit Gewalt wegnehmen. Diese Verheissung garantiert, das der Teufel den Gläubigen (Gegenwarts-Zeitform) nicht aus der Hand Gottes wegnehmen kann. Diese Sicherheit ist nur von Mächten ausserhalb des Gläubigen und Gott selbst. Ein Rückfälliger/Abtrünniger löst sich selbst aus den Verheissungen der safety und security. Er wird nicht gegen seinen eigenen Willen entfernt.

Nun, wenn man diese Stelle in ihrer schlichten und offensichtlichen Bedeutung betrachtet, it renders no credence für die Theorie der bedingungslosen ewigen Sicherheit. Der Hauptpfeiler ist eingestürzt! Die verbleibenden sieben stöhnen und der Last, um diese misslungene [engl. failed] Lehre zu retten.

Pfeiler Zwei

Wer will uns scheiden von der Liebe Christi? Trübsal oder Angst oder Verfolgung oder Hunger oder Blöße oder Gefahr oder Schwert? Wie geschrieben steht: «Um deinetwillen werden wir getötet den ganzen Tag, wir sind geachtet wie Schlachtschafe!» Aber in dem allen überwinden wir weit durch den, der uns geliebt hat! Denn ich bin überzeugt, daß weder Tod noch Leben, weder Engel noch Fürstentümer noch Gewalten, weder Gegenwärtiges noch Zukünftiges, weder Hohes noch Tiefes, noch irgend ein anderes Geschöpf uns zu scheiden vermag von der Liebe Gottes, die in Christus Jesus ist, unsrem Herrn! Römer 8,35-39 (Schlachterbibel 1951)

First, these verses do not say, "Who shall separate us from the salvation of God?" Secondly, nowhere in these verses is Paul saying that sin cannot separate the one who rebels against the true and holy God.

Die Lehre der ewigen Sicherheit in diese Verse hineinzulesen ist nicht berechtigt, da die Bedingtheit von Gottes Liebe durch die Schrift als Ganzes angegeben ist. Gott hat eine bedingungslose Liebe für die Verlorenen, wie wir in Johannes 3,16 sehen können. Weitere Stellen, wie zum Beispiel der Bericht in Markus 10,21-22 des reichen Jünglings, who Jesus "beholding him loved him," zeigen weiterhin die bedingungslose Liebe Gottes, dennoch ging der Jüngling verloren und betrübt/traurig davon.

Why does Jude 21 warn us to "keep yourselves in the love of God" if the possibility of separation from God's love is impossible? In John 14:21 the conditionality of God's love is expressed this way, "He that hath my commandments, and keeps them, is he that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and manifest myself to him." Notice the clear and unambiguous words of Jesus, "He that hath my commandments and keeps them . . . is loved of my Father, and I will love him." Only bias and prejudice could impel one to deny the obvious conclusion that sin and rebellion **is not the **keeping of Christ's commandments, and that rebellious sinners are not in the love of God. In John 15:10 Jesus makes the same point again by inference, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."

Clearly, there is a general love of God that goes out to all mankind regardless of their lost condition, and a specific and intimate love that God has only for those that are in fellowship with him through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. It is plain to see that this passage in Romans is this latter type of love.

Who **shall separate **us? Paul is addressing two elements here, one being "us." It is only those who are "in Christ" that Paul is concerned with here, and not humanity overall. Notice that the designation "who" is **not the believer himself, but that influence or circumstance that is outside the believer. **The entire listing of Paul is consistent with this context! Death, life, angels, principalities, powers, et cetera, are all elements that do not include the moral choice of the individual who is now a believer. God's love is present in those who are **in Christ, **regardless if their circumstances in this life seem to give the impression that his love and protection is being withheld from them.

"Doesn't this passage say that 'any other creature cannot separate us from the love of God?' We are creatures and therefore we cannot separate ourselves!" Oh, what pathetic lengths will one go to save this precious Diana! The context demands that these "other creatures" are not us! Common usage of words denies this strange manner of interpretation. It makes no sense to say "who shall separate us . . . death, life . . . height, depth, nor we disobedient believers ourselves shall be able to separate us."

To get eternal security from these Scriptures, one has to assume that this is the meaning of the texts before reading them. By using this approach, they start it with theory, and they end it with theory, and that all they have! THEORY, and not TRUTH!

Pfeiler Drei

und weil ich davon überzeugt bin, daß der, welcher in euch ein gutes Werk angefangen hat, es auch vollenden wird bis auf den Tag Jesu Christi. Philipper 1,6 (Schlachterbibel 1951)

**Notice that the eternal security advocate cannot produce even one unambiguous and clear passage for thier rotten doctrine! **If this pivotal doctrine runs throughout the Scriptures, as is claimed, why aren't there passages that say, "No matter what sin a saved person commits, he will still go to heaven," "Believers cannot utterly fall away from the faith," and "Once a Son, always a Son." As much as they preach this from the popular pulpit, one would think that "eternal security" was a term that was found in the Bible! Yet the truth is that it will only be found in their theology books.

How they derive unconditional eternal security from Philippians 1:6 is a mystery. Paul had his confidence that God would continue his justifying and sanctifying work in them all the way to the end. Yet what was Paul's confidence in? Was it that he believed they were eternally secure and he wanted them to know it? This is what the eternal security proponents want us to believe.

Paul was confident of their perseverance only because they had "fellowship in the gospel from... THE FIRST DAY UNTIL NOW." Paul tells what his confidence is based on, and that is what we should believe. If there was a group of believers who showed nothing but good fruit from the day of their conversion until now, then there would be no other choice but to have confidence in the grace of God for them.

Please take note that the Scriptures never state this kind of confidence for those who are lukewarm or "sinning saints." This promise is only for genuine, obedient believers! Paul himself thought that was "meet" or "just" for him to think this way about them (verse 7). They had given Paul absolutely no reason to doubt that they were genuine Christians! Would he say the same thing of you?

Pfeiler Vier

Die ihr in Gottes Macht durch den Glauben gewahrt werdet . . . 1. Petrus 1,5 (Schlachterbibel 1951)

Beachte die Bedingung zu dieser Sicherheit. Es ist durch Glauben. Sünde ist nicht Glauben. Es ist Unglauben, oder anti-Glauben. Solange Gläubige konstant im Glauben bleiben, bewahrt sie die Kraft Gottes. Da sie an Jesus Christus Glauben, haben sie die Sicherheit welche verheissen ist.

Falls ewige Sicherheit wahr wäre, warum heisst es niemals in der Bibel "Es ist unmöglich für einen Gläubigen, sein Heil zu verlieren"? Es ist weil die Lehre der ewigen Sicherheit nichts als eine Lüge ist!

Pfeiler Fünf

Gottes Gaben und Berufung mögen ihn nicht gereuen. Römer 11,29 (Luther 1545)

The individual's salvation is not the intent of the context here. It is the love of God for the nation of Israel. If one wishes to argue that "salvation is a gift, and therefore cannot be taken back by God" one would be inclined to agree with that. God does not take salvation away from us. We throw it away! It is our act of unbelief that brings separation and forces us to be broken off from the life of God. Look! In the preceding verses God tells us that many in Israel were "broken off" because of unbelief! We are also warned that we too can also be broken off unless we continue to "stand by faith." (Romans 11:20-21).

Why violate the context of this verse to "prove" eternal security, when we can be faithful to the Word of God and have the truth?

Pfeiler Sechs

Alles, was mir der Vater gibt, wird zu mir kommen; und wer zu mir kommt, den werde ich nicht hinausstoßen. Johannes 6,37 (Schlachterbibel 1951)

Nochmals, beachte dass nichts über diese erdichtete/fiktionale ewige Sicherheit gesagt wird.

Who are given to Christ? Jene, die durch Glauben kommen. Those that receive the gracious offer of the Father are guaranteed acceptance by Christ. What is promised is nothing more than that anyone who casts his faith upon the Christ will not be turned away! Gläubige müssen keine Angst haben, dass die Verfügbarkeit der Errettung auf irgend eine Art und Weise eingeschränkt/limitiert ist.

Pfeiler Sieben

Das ist aber der Wille des Vaters, der mich gesandt hat, daß ich nichts verliere von allem, was er mir gegeben hat, sondern daß ich es auferwecke am letzten Tage. Johannes 6,39 (Schlachterbibel 1951)

Many confuse God's will with God's decree. Es ist auch Gottes Wille, dass niemand verloren/umkommen soll, und dass alle zur Busse gelangen würden (2 Petrus 3,9). Es ist der Wille des Vater (Wunsch) dass Jesus should not "lose" any, but this is an ideal, and not a proof of the inability of falling away. For in John 17:12 Jesus said, "those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost except the son of perdition," direct proof that in spite of the desire of God that "none shall be lost," there was at least one of the chosen twelve that was! Der Wille Gottes verletzt nie den freien Willen, den er uns zum ausüben gegeben hat!

Pfeiler Acht

The final pillar remaining is starting to crumble into dust, since without the support of any verses positing this fallacious teaching, Epheser 1,13-14 will render no support on its own.

in ihm [seid] auch ihr, nachdem ihr das Wort der Wahrheit, das Evangelium eurer Rettung gehört habt, in ihm seid auch ihr, als ihr glaubtet, versiegelt worden mit dem heiligen Geiste der Verheißung, welcher das Pfand unsres Erbes ist bis zur Erlösung des Eigentums, zum Preise seiner Herrlichkeit. (Schlachterbibel 1951)

The only way that this can be perceived as a proof for eternal security is to have the support of some verse where the doctrine has already been proven. Standing alone as it does, it renders nothing that teachers of carnal security can use. The verse does not say whether believers can break this seal or not, but the whole of Scripture proves that they can. Observe that the Holy Spirit is only a down payment on our inheritance and that we do not possess the fullness of this gift until the Lord returns. The fullness of this promise is only to those who endure to the end. The Scriptures tell us to "Be faithful until death and I will give you a crown of life." (Rev. 3:5,21). The Lord preserves the faithful (Psalms 31:23), not the unfaithful. This is the true perseverance of the Saints!

Trauere, denn dein Götze ist Gefallen!

"Now they sin more, and have made them molten images of silver, and idols according to their own understanding." Hosea 13:2"What profiteth the graven image that its maker hath graven it; the molten image, and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein, to make dumb idols? Woe to him who saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach!" Hab. 2:18-19 "He heweth down cedars for himself . . . He burneth part of it in the fire . . . and the residue of it he maketh a god, even his graven image: he falleth down to it and worshipeth it, and prayeth to it, and saith, deliver me; for thou art my god." Isaiah 44:14-17.

Nothing is more senseless that to create a god with one's own hands, only to bow down to worship it as mighty and powerful! Christians' assurance can only be based on a vital, living and trusting faith in the one true God, Jesus Christ. If there is a break in this relationship, there cannot be any hope of assurance. To claim assurance while one does not have a relationship with God is equal to worshiping something other than God, whether it be a doctrine or a piece of wood. Some will claim that fellowship with God can be severed but not the relationship to God. This statement is the same as calling God a liar! For it is written "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." (I John 1:7).Notice that cleansing for sin is conditioned upon fellowship with God, and that fellowship is conditioned upon walking in the light. If the blood of Christ is not cleansing us from all sin, it is impossible to be in a relationship with God! Fellowship and relationship are inseparable from the saving work of Christ. Being "out of fellowship with God" is the same as being out of the grace and relationship with God.

My friend, cast away the false god of assurance that has been fashioned with the hands of men! Do not trust in lofty and eloquent pleas to trust in a false eternal security, but put all of your trust in Him who keeps us through a genuine, trusting, and abiding faith, that we may one day hear those wonderful words "gut gemacht, guter und treuer Knecht."


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