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   While other Christians continue to work for their Heavenly reward, the Baptists seem to have found a one-way ticket to Paradise.
   Are they guilty of spiritual pride or do they know something that other well intentioned people have missed?
   "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
                                                                                                                  ~ I John 5:13
   A thirty-something housewife is speaking during a time of testimony in a church service.  She tells of her husband being laid off yet one more time.  It means another move to a smaller place for awhile until they get can get back on their feet after he gets another job.  She recalls their several moves throughout their marriage and then states with absolute conviction, "...but someday we won't ever have to move again because I keep reminding myself that Heaven is my real home and once I get there, no more moves forever."  She is smiling, too.
   She is also a Baptist.
   These are the same people who face serious illness with an unearthly kind of confidence.  They talk about death as simply being a vehicle to get them to God's Heaven.  They even get together after the funeral of a fellow believer and, instead of mourning his/her passing, they celebrate his/her life and having gone on to be with the Lord.
   From the outside, one would think that this is nothing more than self-righteousness gone spiritually mad.  How could anyone so presume upon God that they expect to be allowed entrance into Paradise when they arrive at Heaven's gate?
   Nothing could be further from the truth.  Of all people upon this Earth, Baptists do not hesitate to make it clear that they are sinners who deserve nothing less than to be cast down to Hell.  They are keenly aware of their own sinful nature and are quick to state that they have given God every reason to justifiably condemn their souls forever.  You will find no arrogance in them nor will you sense any kind of spiritual pride.  They are sinners and they know it.
   "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."   ~ Romans 6:22&23
   Then how is it that these Bible believing Christians find themselves filled with peace regarding eternity while admitting that they deserve God's wrath?
   It is their undaunted faith in the literal Word of God regarding the assurance of their salvation that convinces them.  After all, did not Jesus say that eternal life is a gift?
   Is God an "Indian giver" that he would grant it to someone who places faith in Christ's atoning work on Calvary only to take it back when sin is committed?  Would he then give it back when that faith is renewed only to snatch it again when sin is repeated?  How long would God continue to go along with such a rediculous process?  How many times must Christ be crucified?
   Furthermore, would it be all sin that causes one to lose the gift or is there some mysterious dividing line between sins that allow you to keep the gift and sins that result in your losing it?  Is not sin just that?  Sin!
   Baptists know that eternal life cannot be earned, merited, or come as a result of many good works.  It is a gift from God and the only way to receive it is at the foot of the cross.  It is only when one realizes that salvation is not a process; that eternal life is a gift and not a reward to be earned, that salvation comes.  It only comes when one finally gives in and admits their sinfulness to an all-perfect God and asks for forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  Once that prayer has been finally prayed, the gift is given, never to be taken back again.
   Does that give born-again believers the right to commit serious sins and still believe that they are saved?  That discussion is included in the page on this site regarding the doctrine of the Holy Spirit.  If interested, click here.
   "And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand."   ~ John 10:28&29
 
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Slippage Questions: The Doctrine of Eternal Security

"Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip."  ~ Hebrews 2:1

If having assurance of one's eternal life is bogus, then why does the Bible so clearly state that it is a gift from God (Romans 6:23)?
Does the church you attend teach the assurance of salvation in Jesus Christ or is that something that must be obtained?
If so, how do you plan to obtain it (Ephesians 2:8)?
Can your answer be proven in Scripture?
Do you think that God is so misunderstanding of the word "gift" that He takes it back again and again whenever you displease Him?
Is it possible that the church or denomination to which you belong does not understand what the Bible says about how one can have the assurance of salvation?
Are you aware that when the New Testament was written, it was Roman law that a natural child could be rejected but an adopted child could never be cast out (Romans 8:15)?
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