1. Bel Grant

    Perseverance of the Saints is wrong for several reasons, as stated above. But there is more.

    Calvinists insist that confession and repentance throughout discipleship is a mark of obedience to Christ. The problem is this : the Bible does not confine ‘sin’ to unrighteous individual acts that you are aware of or made aware of and can list and confess as attributable to yourself directly. Sin covers a broader spectrum -as amply demonstrated in the OT by our inheritance of original sin. Therefore, under P of Peseverance of the Saints your salvation rests on being holy by self sanctification through works with the aid of the Holy Spirit (denying the purpose of the Cross and negating Grace, in the process) then their sin will never been sufficiently be removed, and it will remain until the end and they won’t be heaven bound.

    That is why Jesus died – to atone for all of our sins, past, present and future (ones we were aware of, are aware of and are not aware of). That is why we need Jesus.

    But confessing and repenting of sin, simply out of reverence and love for the love for having saved you already (PRESeverance of the Saints – an entirely different proposition to PERSeverance of the Saints) make more sense because God has already forgiven those sins along with any other sins you were not aware of by the atonement sacrifice he made. You are acting out of love for God to do right by him and to be an effective witness to others by your unwordly behaviour.

    You cannot earn your way into heaven (Calvinists often use the supernatural working of faith in regeneration to sidestep ‘the works’ argument, claiming that it is supernatural not works – and citing James2 out of context). You can only love God by the help of the Holy Spirit to be an effective disciple and child of God for whom blessings will abounds and greater heaven bound rewards will be given.

    Calvinism has too many loose ends that don’t tie together, whereas Free Grace does not – irrespective of what kind of disciple you turn out to be (dedicated and mature, or lazy and carnal).

    Free Grace : Faith before Regeneration lines up with biblical truth. Regeneration before Faith does not.

    Regeneration before faith inevitably leads to the Perseverance doctrine because there are no ‘before and after’ markers that allows a person to knowingly rest in being ‘elect’. They only have their fruits to go on and one person’s half full glass might be perceived as half empty to another. So there is never any assurance, only doubt, fear and uncertainty.

  2. Linda

    That’s a very good point !! I too , had an abusive parent, and it does reflect on ones view of God. Plus, I was raised catholic. It took me years after being saved to realize that God was, and is a loving father.

  3. Jeffry

    The Bible tells us Peter calls Lot righteous in his second epistle. Lot seems to be dragged out of Sodom by Angels moments before God rained down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot lost all of his earthly belongings, his wife turned into a pillar of salt and not long after that he had sex with his 2 daughters. Sadly some Christians start off doing wonderful things for our Savior. We read our bible, tell people about our savior and find a bible believing Church. Sometimes we fall and our Savior picks us up. Again, Sadly some of us go back into the world. Perseverance does not get us to Heaven. What can was away my sin? Nothing but the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Put faith in his finished work at Calvary. Which world are we living for? A Calvinist has no eternal security. Very sad.

  4. RobB

    But if you can’t know you’re one of the elect, you can’t know that the promise is for you. Sad!

  5. Peter Bruce

    Have you not seen john 14.16? I have the HOLY SPIRIT FOR EVER. The Holy Spirit is my
    guarantee of my final redemption, which includes
    a new body. I Cor. 1:30, Romans 8:29,30, 39.
    John 10:28-30, John 17:12 Peter Bruce

  6. RonB

    This was spoken before the Cross, so it was Messiah appealing to Israel, which had known conditional blessings (if/then) from the start. We also know this period was still under the Law (old covenant) because the Law was still in force until the death of the testator, per Hebrews 9:16.

    That means He couldn’t have been speaking to or about the Jew/Gentile Body of Christ, which didn’t yet exist and is not under the Law. A repentant Israel was His intended audience.

  7. Lauren St. Vincent

    I agree with your comment here. This article and author do not understand Calvinism. I know how I will be criticized for that but so be it, it’s true. There has been a war on this site against Calvinism and it is because of misunderstanding it.

  8. RonB

    Calvinism is one of the most subtle blasphemies ever inflicted upon the Body of Christ. It makes God a liar twice: both in whom He intends to save (a secret, anonymous elect) and in whom He said He wants to save (the world).

    Makes Christ Himself a liar for the same reason.

    It also completely destroys salvation through faith — salvation is really by being elected, with faith only as a result of being regenerated.


  9. Xian

    I noticed the same thing. 5 of the 7 receive rebuke, but 2 were encouraged to continue without need of correction…

  10. RobB

    Good article. No Calvinist holding to the 5 points can know he will persevere unless he FIRST knows he’s elect, but God did not tell anyone who is and isn’t elect, so no one can know for sure that he will persevere…any Calvinist might turn out a spurious-faithed reprobate.

  11. Deemar

    Hebrews 6:4-8
    Romans 11:17-22

    Jesus is “the Ark” of our Salvation – our ONLY Safety! Amen.

    So, IF we choose to “remain in Him”, as the Word of God commands us, is that relying on ‘our own works’??
    NO – that is relying upon HIM (what He has done for us and supplies to us), and choosing to remain “in Him” (our Safety) until the end, when we are “finally” saved for all of eternity. IF we choose not to “remain in His Goodness”, then we have believed in vain. Even Paul understood he had not already obtained the FINAL prize.

    If this is not true, then you can take all of the warnings, written “to believers”, and throw them out of the Bible.

    God warns/admonishes for good reason – for our SAFETY!

    If any of us choose to believe that we can never “fall away from the faith” and wander past the point of no return (due to our own unrepentant and continued choice to sin), then we are greatly deceived and in great spiritual/eternal danger.

    This does not make me afraid I have “lost my salvation” after every sin – but instead, causes me to quickly confess and trust that the Lord “forgives and cleanses” me of my unrighteousness as I choose to remain “in Him” and His GOODNESS/mercy.

    Read the Bible and look for the warnings – given to us that we may CHOOSE to persevere/endure unto the end, in order than we may be finally SAVED for eternity.

    “He who endures to the end, the same shall be saved.”
    (endure = REMAIN/ABIDE in Him, rather…

  12. Harvey Sawatzky

    Thank You Lighthouse Trails for your years of service. The “heresy” of Calvinism is serious threat to the Church today.I have read your book and many other books on Calvinism. All are very helpful. A book by Ken Wilson–“The Foundation of Augustinian-Calvinism” defines Calvinism as a belief based on heresy. This puts it in perspective.

  13. Iris

    Thanks, LHT, another petal just fell away from the “tulip” for me, as I had been taught in a Reformed church that perseverance of the saints referred to the eternal security of the believer, which I do agree with. In the 47 years of being a believer, I’ve been in several types of Christian church, and now would describe myself as a non denominational, evangelical Christian.

  14. Mark Corbett

    Their is another part of the armor of Christ. It is called the cloak of zeal and it is found in the OT. Since God is the same yesterday, today, and forever…I have taken that cloak to put on and pray for the saints.

  15. Mark Corbett

    I am so glad someone is standing up and calling out these false gospels of men! Thank God. Calvanism and Armenianism are just more doctrines of men. And if one studies these things fully…they will see that these doctrines are just extentions of the Catholic Church. It’s a Mystery. But I want no other Gospel other than the Gospel of God in Jesus Christ. I spent years fearing the loss of my salvation, and it has done nothing for my sanctification to waste time doing that!

  16. CW

    “It is very difficult to understand why any Christian with a basic understanding of the Scriptures would accept another gospel that is not only heretical and very dangerous but strips a believer of the assurance and peace that the Scriptures promise to “whosoever will.”

    Indeed! This is the crux of the issue. Whenever a Calvinist has tried to convince me of that belief, the Lord has always brought this scripture verse to mind: “Whosever will may come.” (spoken by Christ Jesus Himself!)

    I have often wondered why they don’t believe that.

  17. anne

    Yes, you are right! Please comment John on ‘Once Saved Always Saved’. Your Fear word again!

  18. CW

    This is an excellent article, over all. There’s only one statement I take issue with: “In the seven churches in Revelation, only one was found acceptable.”

    I’ve been reading/studying/loving Revelation for the last few months, and it seems to me that 2 churches were not reprimanded, but were told to continue in their faithfulness: Smyrna and Philadelphia.

    Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong. 🙂

  19. John J

    Anne, see my point no. 2 below. Fear and control are blood and oxygen in calvinism; calvinists can’t do anything without it.

  20. anne

    I wanted to add this from the Berean Call: https://www.thebereancall.org/content/nuggets-occult-invasion-assurance-eternal-life Perseverance is only mentioned 1 time in scripture and that is in Ephesians 6:18. My Strong’s says it means ‘patience’ #4343. “Praying always with all prayer and supplication (requests) IN THE SPIRIT, and watching thereunto with all perseverance (patience) and supplication (requests) FOR all the saints.” Eph. 6:18. Note this is not part of the armor, but Paul is telling the church to pray for others, pray in everything in the Spirit and to watch (stay awake!) with all patience and prayers for all saints. Prayer is mentioned many times in scripture, Paul says, “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds.” Col. 4:2-3

  21. anne

    Calvinism’s perseverance is akin to what happened to me as a child. My mother was abusive and the fear of punishment kept me in line and when I did something that made her angry or I disobeyed her she would beat me in anger. I lived in fear my whole childhood never knowing when I was going to be beat again for something. Though I loved her which is normal for abused children I couldn’t wait to get away from her.

  22. Jeffry

    I add this to my first comments. The Reformations bright spot was that it recovered We are justified by faith alone in the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ. Sadly, it seems John Calvin entered the scene to add confusion to The truth of Gods Holy Word.

  23. Jeffry

    Thank you again Lighthouse for teaching the word of God. Every Calvinist needs to read your books on John Calvin. After reading this part of your book Today I am stunned at what these Calvinists teachers said. John Calvin taught a works-base Salvation. During the Reformation some of the theologians did not agree with Calvin. A Lutheran theologian,
    “Aegidius Hunnius “(1550-1603) said Calvins interpretations undermined the New Testament teachings concerning the incarnation, the Doctrine of the Trinity and the death, Resurrection and ascension of Christ. Calvins only written testimony was not his conversion to The Lord Jesus Christ but to King David and the Protestant Reformation. Eternal Security for a Calvinist? Sadly I feel for all of them. I am so thankful that Heaven is my Home

  24. John J

    Calvinism’s ‘perseverance’ = oxy and moron.
    Calvinism = fear
    Calvinism = unbiblical
    Calvinism = WWCD?
    Calvinism = just another cult.

  25. M

    I often counsel people from Calvinist churches who are so hopeless. Not only that, many are depressed, even suicidal because, let’s face it, the only “hope” is that God randomly chooses you. In other words, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO ABOUT YOUR ETERNAL DESTINY.

    Is anything more hopeless?

    I talked with a mom this morning whose 10 year old daughter went through quite an ordeal because she heard a Calvinist message at camp. She came away with extreme anxiety and hopelessness, so much so it even affected her body with undue stress in extreme ways.

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