There is no Unconditional Eternal Security

Did you know that when God created you He imparted to you your own Sovereignty? God left Adam and Eve to tend the garden and presented them Paradise with everything that was wonderful. He was told to take dominion over what he had been given and to work it and to extend his family. With this wonderful provision He also tested Man by giving him a command. Then left him there to himself with the right to obey or disobey the command of God. We all know what happened in the end. The Question is this, do you ever lose the Sovereign Right to choose especially when it comes to choosing to obey the Gospel? The doctrine of "Irresistible grace" would have us believe that God's grace cannot be resisted. In other words God tampers with the human will so that the especially chosen person cannot reject it. This so called "Irresistible Grace" has no Biblical foundation. Proof of that fact comes from this verse in The Book of Acts 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

Right here in this passage they resisted grace and judged themselves unworthy of eternal life. Now the scriptures do say that no one can come to Christ without the Father drawing them and that is true but the scripture teaches us that if Christ be lifted up from the Earth He will draw all men unto Him. To be drawn to Christ does not mean to say, as is described in this passage, that those who are drawn to Christ cannot resist His will.

2Th_1:8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Within our Sovereign Right of Choice we have a responsibility to obey the Gospel and not to resist His divine plan. The consequences for doing so are spiritually fatal and horrific. To conclude then, there is proof in the Scriptures that even as a Christian you never lose that Sovereign Right of Choice. The Parable of the Vine in Chapter 15 of John confirms this fact. The difference between a real Vine and this Vine is that the branches choose to stay in Christ(the True Vine) and thus be fruitful or to dwell elsewhere and dry up and eventually be broken off from Christ and cast into the fire. A very sad reality and many that are poisoned with such Calvinistic errors as "Eternal Unconditional Security" will find that when they face the Judge they would have exacted a terrifying price for that error. This Video explains the truth from Scripture and I urge you to discard those doctrines that deceive.

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  1. lookinforacity says:

    Hi Anthony

    First you say:
    “This so called “Irresistible Grace” has no Biblical foundation”.

    I could make the statement:
    This so called “Trinity” has no Biblical foundation”. But does that mean the Trinity is non-existent?
    I would therefore say, your statement, is prejudicial, founded on your own Doctrinal beliefs, and not on Biblical facts.

    Then you say
    “Proof of that fact comes from this verse in The Book of Acts 13:46 Right here in this passage they resisted grace and judged themselves unworthy of eternal life.”

    Acts 13:46
    Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

    But when we look at the whole context where the verse is used, we see the context was in regard to the Jews, the rejection being spoken of by Paul, was that of the Nation of Israel, in relation to their Messiah, rather than the personal rejection of the message of Salvation, which Paul was teaching. A totally different dynamic was taking place in regard to the Jews, as a Nation, and as individuals, than you are putting forward.
    Therefore this verse cannot be used as the prototype for all of mankind, in their individual ability to reject God’s Grace.

    So starting with this verse we see it was the Jews.
    Act 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming.

    In the following verse, we hear Jesus saying they as a People, “Would Not”.

    Mat 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

    It is needful to fully understand, that the Nation, People of Israel had rejected their Messiah, the Salvation that was meant for them, was taken away from them, being given to the Gentiles, as we hear Paul relating to those Jews that were causing problems as he was teaching in verses 45. They, the Nation were the ones he was speaking of, “but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life”
    The verse 46 then, cannot be used, in the making of your point, in regard to the individual choice of the Resisting of Grace, for all mankind.

    I am not trying to defend the Calvinist position on “Irresistible Grace”, I do not agree with their position, I am just saying, you need to do better, the verse you are attempting to use as your proof text, does not complete the task. Look at the whole context of the chapter.

    The heading of this blog is:
    “Unconditional Eternal Security”
    But throughout your blog, your reference is to “Irresistible Grace” these two terms, cannot be used as synonyms for each other.
    “Irresistible Grace” is about receiving Salvation.
    “Unconditional Eternal Security” is about keeping Salvation.

    Be Blessed
    JIM

    • Anthony Clinton says:

      Hi Jim!

      I deal with many errors of Calvinism and some I will mention in the same videos regardless of the main subject. One would think by your analysis that this verse in Acts had no relevance to this subject but though I appreciate your thoughts, how is it out of context with the subject of irresistible grace? The Jews and the Gentiles have the same conditions regarding the gospel. The Gospel and its conditions are equally presented and can equally be rejected by Jew or Gentile. How do we know? From other pertinent scriptures, of course, Jews can resist grace and Gentiles can resist grace!

      Act 17:30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:

      Act 17:31  Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

      Act 17:32  And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter.

      Act 17:33  So Paul departed from among them.

      Act 17:34  Howbeit certain men clave unto him, and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.

      Notice here that the same condition for the Jews is applied to the Gentiles. God commands all men Jew or Gentile, to repent. Now we see some here that were Gentiles resisting grace and mocking but others followed the truth and wanted to know more.  Your concept about the Jews is in error because there were those Jews that accepted the Gospel as well as these resisting grace in Acts 13. The Jews that believed were the stump that was the base for the Gentiles who received the Gospel to be grafted in and in Acts 2:38 the conditions for believing for the Jews were the same conditions for the Gentiles.

      ‘the rejection being spoken of by Paul, was that of the Nation of Israel, in relation to their Messiah, rather than the personal rejection of the message of Salvation’

      You made this erroneous statement! Where do you get the whole nation of Israel in one Synagogue can you tell me?

      Here I will describe where your thoughts are in error. 

      Act 17:1  Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where was a synagogue of the Jews:

      Act 17:2  And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

      Act 17:3  Opening and alleging, that Christ must needs have suffered, and risen again from the dead; and that this Jesus, whom I preach unto you, is Christ.

      Act 17:4  And some of them believed, and consorted with Paul and Silas; and of the devout Greeks a great multitude, and of the chief women not a few.

      Act 17:5  But the Jews which believed not, moved with envy, took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, and gathered a company, and set all the city on an uproar, and assaulted the house of Jason, and sought to bring them out to the people.

      Look at what happens resulting from Paul’s reasoning with the Jews in the Synagogue.  Some believed, some did not believe, some resisted grace and some did not resist grace. Your insinuation coming from this quote, ’ I would therefore say, your statement is prejudicial, founded on your own Doctrinal beliefs, and not on Biblical facts.’ has no foundation but my biblical understanding is founded upon truth. What you have done is invented another context by saying the conditions for salvation are different for the Jew than that of the Gentile. The book of Acts is filled with people resisting or not resisting grace whether Jew or Gentile. I made the point because some in the error of Calvinism think that the only people who become Christians are given some certain sovereign manipulation by divine irresistible grace then making that a foregone conclusion that they will be in Heaven. The Sovereign right of Choice remains ever present for the Believer as we see that continuing in the Gospel is necessary for the Christian not to be cut off from Christ.

      Rom 11:22  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

      You said!

      I am not trying to defend the Calvinist position on "Irresistible Grace", I do not agree with their position, I am just saying, you need to do better, the verse you are attempting to use as your proof text, does not complete the task. Look at the whole context of the chapter.

      But with my explanation I find that you have failed to interpret these verses in context. In fact your error is revealed in that you have not chosen well your idea that these few resisting grace in the Synagogue represented the whole nation of Israel’s rejection of the Messiah as was proven by the verses I presented in Acts 17. The final conclusion is clear and that is that everyone whether they are Jew or Gentile who put the Gospel from them judges themselves unworthy of Salvation.

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