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Core 52 Chapter 36 - Eternal Security

What has four legs and quacks?
A paradox!  (Thanks, I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your servers!)

Beyond the complete corniness of that joke, the word paradox is almost best defined by using the word paradox.  Here is what comes from

Paradox: noun. - a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

In this week’s reading, Mark Moore tackles the often debated, yet never seemingly resolved in a peaceful manner topic of eternal security.

Let me simplify it – “once saved, always saved,” versus “lose your salvation.”

There is something about this debate that has often irked me and just rubbed me the wrong way.  This is one of those arguments that has almost nothing to do with evangelism and salvation and everything to do with dogma and denominationalism. For instance, in all my years of ministry, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten to the point of someone making a decision for Christ, and then they stop for a second and ask one more question that sounds something like this – “So, before I accept Christ, I was wondering… if I become a faithful follower of Him, am I good for life and I can keep doing what I want or if I do that will I not be saved anymore? Or actually, would I have never really been saved to begin with?”

I promise you. No one. Ever.

This debate/conversation has ALWAYS occurred among self-proclaimed theologians who usually take the stand or view of some other theologian who wrote a book about the topic that they really like so everything they say must be true. Then, it usually proceeds to cause an argument about which view is more accurate and just how absurd it would be to believe any other option. Then these two “theologians” who are supposed to live in unity and love each other begin to call each other names and tear each other apart in regards to mental capacity and apparent extreme levels of ignorance.  And that’s how another friendship is ruined in the body of Christ.

But, how about, as Mr. Moore suggests in this week’s essay, they are both right!  What if there is this great paradox that for some reason we, in our human state of mind, just can’t comprehend (Imagine that! Something from the mind of God that the mind of man can’t understand!!)?  What if there can be both eternal security in Christ and also our own responsibility relating to our own eternal destiny?  What if the provision for eternity is secure, but the completion of the journey is on us?

I don’t want to start another debate, but just hear me out. I am not attempting to water down doctrine, nor am I supposing to be some type of universalist who just wants everyone to get along. What I am saying is this – what if we spent as much time as we do on theological debates on more impactful Kingdom matters like evangelism and helping orphans and widows?

So here is the real paradox – Do you want to really obey Christ and know His word or just talk about wanting to obey Christ and how much you think you know about His word? I think if we’re all honest, we might fall into that latter category more often that we’d like to admit.

Honor. Grow. Serve. Let’s keep it simple and let love lead us to our eternal paradise instead of the confusion of any arguments and disagreements about an earthly paradox.

- Pete Ramsey