according to Arminius

Arminians believe Scripture does not attest to salvation’s permanency nor absolute security of the believer because Jesus would not have issued warnings to his disciples if it were not possible to fall away and lose their salvation. Paul “suggested that there is a conditional character to salvation: ‘Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation IF you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel’ (Col 1:21-23a).”[1]

Scripture attests to believers in Christ falling away and departing from faith, including one of twelve disciples, Judas. It warns us. It uses words like “drifting away,” “disqualified,” “stand firm,” and “don’t fall,” which suggest the possibility. But could this also be the means by which God renders it certain that the saved will not fall away?[2] Could God use every possible means of grace, including the warnings contained in Scripture, to motivate us to remain committed to him?

Romans 10:9-10 reads, “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved;  10for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”

[1] Page 1001, Erickson, Christian Theology

[2] Page 83-124, Berkouwer, Faith and Perseverance


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