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The aspect of perseverance is just a little puzzle in the whole discussion between Calvinism and Arminianism which is linked with many aspects, especially the doctrine of election. The following paper is just focused on the main thought which brought the writer to the final conclusion that a real Christian can lose salvation. The limitation of words does not allow us to touch the aspects of adoption, or the practical aspects of how a Christian can lose salvation.
First of all, we get a brief overview about Calvinism and Arianism concerning the question of perseverance. Secondly, we look at the question of election and see how these aspects relate to perseverance.
Thirdly, we touch the topic of salvation and see if perseverance is conditional or unconditional. Lastly, we notice the vital importance of having a balanced view between divine care and the responsibility of the believer. Calvinists believe that God has elected in His sovereign will or good pleasure certain individuals out of fallen humanity to receive eternal life.
In other words, those which God chose will necessarily come to receive eternal life, because His election is from all eternity and immutable. Consequently, election as understood by the Calvinists requires perseverance as well. In conclusion, they believe that salvation can not be lost if God elected you.
While statements of the Arminian view vary to some degree, their starting point is the concept that God desires all persons to be saved. Arminians argue with regard to Romans that those who are predestined by God are those who in his infinite knowledge, He is able to foresee that they will accept the offer of salvation made in Jesus Christ.
Arminians affirm that all believers can have full assurance of salvation with the condition that they remain in Christ. But, because salvation is conditioned on faith, perseverance is also conditioned. Consequently Arminians believe that Apostasy turning from Christ is possible but only committed through a deliberate, willful rejection of Jesus and renouncement of belief. By looking at the question of predestination we first of all have to confess that with our human mind we will never fully comprehend.
Despite his appointment to the Kingdom of Heaven, he is lost. Erikson, Introducing Christian Doctrine, ed. Perseverance of Salvation Can faith be lost? Essay, 12 Pages. Immanuel Haller Author. Add to cart. Perseverance of Salvation Calvinist Tradition Calvinists believe that God has elected in His sovereign will or good pleasure certain individuals out of fallen humanity to receive eternal life.
Arminian Tradition While statements of the Arminian view vary to some degree, their starting point is the concept that God desires all persons to be saved.
Election Predestination and human freedom By looking at the question of predestination we first of all have to confess that with our human mind we will never fully comprehend. Sign in to write a comment. Read the ebook. Business economics - Company formation, Business Plans To what extent do you agree with the Theology - Practical Theology Mission Namibia. Challenges and Oppor Economics - Finance Why poverty perseveres.
Perseverance of Salvation
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