A Response to a Legalistic Arminian Rejection 
of the Doctrine of Eternal Security

The following is a response to the web page of the Alton Copeland: Pastor of Church of God,
located at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/4346/message2.html who advocates a Legalistic Arminian position.

The red is a response by Steve Amato of the Berean Christian Bible Study Resources

Eternal Security is one of the most prevalent false doctrines of today. It causes men to believe that they can sin and live any way they please; yet be saved and eternally secure.

There is a true security for the saints, but we must live right to keep eternally secure. To be eternally secure we must stay in the grace of God. Consider the false teaching of eternal security. If this is true, a saved man is no longer a free moral agent. The devil would be a fool to tempt a man to sin, if after he was saved he was eternally secure and could not backslide. There would be no reason for the devil to ever come around again. He would be wasting his time. Man is still able to make choices after he is saved. He is still able to choose whether or not to serve God. Joshua said, "And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:15.

The Bible says in Genesis 3:24, that Adam and Eve were created in the moral image and likeness of God; yet the commandment of God gave Adam the power of choice. Through Adam's will, he chose to disobey God and he fell from grace. We need to take heed that we do not fall. When we consider these things, we see that there is no scriptural validity in the eternal security that false religion teaches. Christ does not condone sin in the saved, while condemning it in the unsaved. That is foolish thinking. God will not condone sin in anyone.

The word "saint" means a holy person. God condemns sin in any individual, regardless of what they profess, or who they are. If they are committing willful transgressions, they are sinners and outside the grace of God. As long as we cooperate with God and His plan, our salvation is eternally secure. If we no longer follow the divine mind and plan of God, we are not going to make heaven our home. This is a life of submission. We live right whether we are at church or at home with our family. We do not act differently when we are with the saints. God demands holiness all of the time.

Whatever God demands, it is up to you and I to do it. We should not be a hypocrite or a reproach to the church. We can be a hindrance to others as well as ourselves spiritually. We have to be serious. If there was ever a time when man needs to be serious and reign over sin, it is the day in which we live. You must bring yourself under subjection. God will give you the grace and power to hold steady and stay true. He expects you to live as the Word of God teaches you to live, or you will not go to Heaven.

Alton then follows with a list of verses that he feels supports the Legalistic Arminian position.
These I deal with in my eternal security study guide at: http://www.bcbsr.com/topics/etsec.html

The basic mistake that such people make in interpreting the Bible on this subject is to ignore the obvious contradition between their performance-based salvation concept and the idea of eternal life being a free gift. They end up with the idea that forgiveness of sins is a free gift that you have to work for. Secondly, they fail to understand the concept of the Perseverance of the Saints, which resolves the contradictions they propose.

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