Bible Answer To Reformed Independent Baptist

Greetings I have read extensively on your website regarding the nature of saving faith, I used to be a _______, until I came to know the Doctrines of Grace and discovered that I am sinful and need a savior, and put my trust in Christ. Now you have said online that man can lose his salvation, which is in essence not his since it is a gift of God. I really struggle with this. I have read John MacArthur, and Charles Ryrie, John Piper and some others and they seem to hold out some hope, and the answer they hold out is different.

But now I read your teachings and that you refute Calvinism and the doctrine of eternal security and I am concerned. Is there then no way a man may rest in God to do a work in him? Is there no rest for someone seeking to do nothing but look to Jesus and His finished work? Is there more? I agree that a man should not carry on in sin, and as far as it is possible I avoid it like the plague, yet I find the sinful nature still haunts me. Now you say I may not have hope that I may too be saved? My text is Romans 4:5, that says that no boasting is allowed, indeed I cannot boast about anything. I can only look to Christ, for I havothing to offer Him I consider of any value, including my good works. I am no great scholar, I have read widely but come to the conclusion that even the most trusted voices are to be at times be questioned. It is after all my own mind that needs to conform to God’s Word….I ask sincerely hoping you will reply for you pose serious challenges and if you truly believe what you teach then tell me so that I might also forsake those I have considered reliable teachers in the past. Only then tell me who is holding the truth, I cannot be left wondering in a vacuum. Currently I fellowship at an Independent Baptist and am much “Reformed” in my approach to theology.

(Bible Answer)

As disturbing as it may be to some, the Biblical evidence proves that salvation can be lost, or as stated in a different way, a righteous man can die spiritually. We have more teaching on this subject than any website and are glad you have been reading our material which can be verified with Scripture. We also have the most comprehensive book ever written refuting once saved always saved entitled, The Believer’s Conditional Security. It should settle the issue once and for all for those who accept the Biblical message. Whatever you mean by rest in God is unclear, but the Bible says this about his rest:

Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. (Heb. 4:1)

Don’t stumble over the rest or the fact that salvation is a gift. The Biblical writers knew it was a gift, yet the same taught about various lethal dangers to salvation, even though they were more aware than we are of Jesus completing the work of redemption on the cross! 

No one is boasting over here regarding anything we have done or plan to do in the Lord Jesus. He is our Lord and Savior. We are wisely following him, as his true sheep do. They alone are given the promise of never being plucked from God’s hand (John 10:27,28). We OBEY him, as do all who have eternal salvation: 

And, once made perfect, he [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all who OBEY him (Heb 5:9)

One more passage for you to ponder which shows salvation can be lost:

My brethren, if any among you strays from the truth and one turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:19,20, NASB)

The Reformed church you are attending is NOT a good one. Calvinism has many twisted truths about God, sin and salvation. Please read the New Testament for yourself carefully and change accordingly. Hopefully, you can find a sound church in your area, but many can’t! We are in a worldwide apostasy. Sin and false doctrines for the most part fill the local congregations. God bless you.

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