Arminianism & the Doctrines of Grace
Fifth Point & Doctrine :P 

  The Five Points of Arminius

  

  The Five Doctrines of Grace

The Fifth Point

 "Falling from Grace"

 If we follow the arguments of Arminius, the logical conclusion we come to is that since salvation comes about as the result of man's self-determination - as he exercises his 'free will' in choosing Christ - then man is also responsible to keep himself saved by continuing faith and obedience. Should he, after having once "accepted" Christ, decide against Him - or should he find the responsibility of living a holy life too great a burden and turn away, he will surely "fall from grace" and be lost.

Text used:
Gal. 5:4 "Ye are fallen from grace.."

Hebrews 6:4-6 "It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the age to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame."

Hebrews 10:26,27 "For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgement and of fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries."


 

Critique:
 Galatians 5:4
"fallen from grace" That is, they would be renouncing God's grace by no longer relying on it. Those who are chosen in Christ will be kept from such a renunciation of the gospel, and Paul continues to have confidence that his warning will be heeded. (v.10) There may be those, however who appear to us to be true believers, who will abandon the the gospel. (Rom.11:22 1 John 2:19)

Hebrews 6:4 ff.
"enlightened" That is, had a knowledge of God disclosed in the gospel message. But 'enlightened' does not mean regenerate or truly converted.
Hebrews 10:26 "wilfully". We all sin (1 John 1:8,9) but this refers to abandonment of one's confession in a wilful and ongoing way.

Hebrews 10:26,27
Christian who claim to be sinless are self-deluded (1 John 1:8), and those who sin should not despair of grace (heb.4;16, 1 John 2;1,2).  The wilful sin referred to here is abandoning one's confession altogether; trampling the Son underfoot, treating his sacrificial blood as unclean, and insulting God's gracious Spirit (see Heb. 6;6 10:29)  'No longer remains sacrifice for sin' refers to the fact that the O.T. sacrfices have been set aside - so one cannot go back to rely on them. 

 

 

  

  The Fifth Doctrine

 "Perseverance of the Saints"

 (The Perseverance of God with the Saints)

 The logical conclusion of those who believe the Bible teaching that "Salvation is of the LORD" and absolutely no part of it is dependent upon any condition found in the elect sinner, but is wholly dependent upon the God who has willed to save those whom He gave to His dear Son - then it follows that salvation can never be lost. The saints of God will surely persevere unto the end because He has promised that no one and nothing in this universe or beyond it can take them away from Him. Though we may temporarily fall into sin - we shall be granted the grace of repentance and shall persevere because He wills us to, and grants us the will to do so.

PERSEVERANCE DEPENDS ON GOD

Jude 24 "Now unto Him Who is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory..."

Jude 1 "To those who are.... preserved in Christ Jesus and called.."

Ezek.36:27 "I WILL PUT my Spirit within you, and I WILL CAUSE you to walk in My statutes..."

See Ezek.11:19 Deut 30:6

NOT DEPENDENT UPON THE ELECT

1 Pet.1:5 "You (elect) are kept by the power of God."

2 Tim 1:12 "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed unto Him until that Day." ( NKJV)

2 Tim 4:18 "The Lord...will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom."

GOD WILLS THE SAINTS TO PERSEVERE UNTO THE END

Ps.37:28 "For the LORD...does not forsake His saints, they are preserved forever." (NKJV) I Thess.5:23,24 "....be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, who will also do it."

Phil.1:6 "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ."

THEREFORE SALVATION CANNOT BE LOST

John 6:37-39 "All that the Father gives to Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out...This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day." (NKJV)

John 6:39 "This is the will of the Father Who sent me, that I shall lose none of all whom He has given me."

John 10:27-29 "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch then out of my hand. My Father who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand." (NKJV) Read the second half of John Chapter 6. Also John 17:12, 18:9.

"God Wants To Save Everybody!" ??

One of the most popular misrepresentations of God in modern evangelism is that "God loves everyone equally, and wants to save everybody." This springs from a failure to understand the distinction between: (a) The will [Note * ]of Decree. (God's sovereign efficacious will - which nothing can resist) (b) The will of Demand. (God's preceptive will - His commandments - which may be disobeyed) and (c) The will of Desire. (This refers to God's disposition .) God's disposition is to love all men, but in His Holiness there are many that He also hates. A working knowledge of the Bible will reveal that there are many whom God, in His Holiness, justly and righteously hates. Indeed all unregenerate men aredeservingof His hatred and wrath - for all have sinned. Rom.9:13 "It is written: Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated."

Ask yourself such questions as "Who is it that will never perish, in John 3:16 ?
Ans. "Whosoever believeth.
Q.
Who are these believers?
Ans.
Elect believers.
If God decreed that none should perish, then none would perish! - all would come to repentance.
2 Pet.3:9 and other texts like it, must refer to God's loving disposition, not to what He has purposed from before the foundation of the world - He purposed to set his particular love on some undeserving sinners from among mankind, and provide for their salvation by His decree before the foundation of the world.

 


 NOTE: Grace Gospel Software has produced a "Help" file on the Will of Godwhich explains the Bible teaching on this subject more fully - please ask for the file: WILLOGOD.HLP

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