PITTSBURGH, PA, May 23, 2019 — One of the core ideas presented on the Evangelical Outreach website is that Eternal Security (Once Saved Always Saved) teachings are deceptive. Backsliders must repent of sin for salvation, and no longer possess eternal life. Thus backsliders must become alive again from a dead and lost spiritual condition through sincere repentance.
The version of the Sin Unto Death offered by Calvinism's Once Saved Always Saved teachers is very dangerous. Dan Corner, Director of Evangelical Outreach, offers Biblical references to prove that the interpretations offered by Eternal Security teachers from gotquestions.org to gty.org are false. He recently had this to say.
The counterfeit sin unto death interpretation given by the eternal security teachers (also known as Once Saved Always Saved teachers) explicitly reveals their license to sin doctrine for what it truly is. That truth is important to know because you will probably never hear any eternal security teacher admit that their doctrine really is a license for immorality. In fact, they often flatly deny this charge sometimes to the point of yelling slander. However, there are still various ways these people teach this very license for immorality although they hate to be recognized as so doing; one such example is their distorted version of the sin unto death. The apostle John wrote of sin leading to death here:
If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death (1 John 5:16,17).
Clearly, there is sin unto death. Whatever the type of death, it is not explicitly identified in 1 John 5:16-17. While it is an undeniable truth that God gets so angry over sin that he consequently kills people, there is yet another truth related to the sin unto death that the eternal security teachers vehemently deny; they deny that sin can indeed bring a Christian to his SPIRITUAL death. Hence, just like Adam and Eve who died spiritually as a result of their sin, just as God had warned would happen (Gen. 2:17), Christians can also suffer the same lethal consequence. God did not kill Adam and Eve physically, but Adam and Eve did die spiritually. For them, it was a sin unto death in a spiritual sense.
From the eternal security perspective, when a person once saved dies physically, he always goes to heaven no matter what. According to their position, how such people are living at the point of death is inconsequential, even if God would kill them physically because of their unrepentant heinous sins. This teaching clearly spells out a license for immorality, and such is their poisonous understanding of the sin unto death. Please note what deceased Dave Hunt taught in his comments on the 1 Cor. 11 passage about the sin unto death:
“For this cause, some of you are weak and sickly and some of you sleep; some of you died because God has brought judgment upon you for the way you have conducted yourselves and so forth. So I think what he's saying is, there are some sins that are so heinous, and not only heinous, but perhaps – I think it depends upon the position that a person has – that brings reproach upon Christ, and God takes them home for that.” [Radio show 0121.]
The word “heinous” is defined as “utterly reprehensible or evil.” Question for all other eternal security proponents: What kind of punishment is it for God to kill a person, because of his unrepentant heinous sins, to take him out of this painful cursed unjust sin-filled world and send him to a beautiful paradise full of joy, peace, love, truth, righteousness, etc.?
For Paul, to live was Christ and to die was gain and better by far (Phil. 1:21-23); nonetheless, the eternal security “blind guides” want us to believe that we can live for self, heinous sin and the devil and then gain Paradise even when we persist and die in those sins! Hence, death for such unrepentant sinners is not really a punishment at all, but a blessing and gain as a reward for their hatred of God (manifested by their disobedience) and their love of wickedness.
Again, according to Once Saved Always Saved doctrine, one can therefore backslide into heinous sin and wickedness, remain and continue in such rebellion, even after God's discipline, and still get blessed when God TAKES THE STUBBORN UNREPENTANT SINNER TO HEAVEN after striking him dead in his holy wrath and anger! Dear reader, can you really force yourself to believe such a religious fairy tale? If you ponder the horrible, but logical, conclusion produced by the eternal security teachers, you will have to agree that their version of the sin unto death is nothing more than a deadly, religious myth yielding an extreme opportunity to live in the wildest rebellion to God – a definite license for sin.
Similarly, the D. James Kennedy's message [D. James Kennedy, Can A Christian Fall From Grace? (Ft. Lauderdale FL: Coral Ridge Ministries), pp. 14, 15] comes through loud and clear regarding his so-called doctrines of grace. In relaying his message, Kennedy is indirectly saying that Christian adulterers actually do exist. In contrast to this deadly doctrinal myth, the Bible speaks of only one type of adulterer, and such is always shown as one who will not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7), but instead is destined for the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8), unless he repents. But the eternal security teachers don't want to believe that a backslider must repent for salvation sake; instead, they claim he will still gain heaven and escape hell in his unrepentant adultery or other heinous sins, all because he was once saved! How God must hate this ear-tickling deadly lie, which has deceived multitudes. At times, D. James Kennedy's Calvinism will have him declare that the elect will invariably persevere and endure in holiness to the very end, but then he turns right back around and blatantly teaches his sin unto death yarn. Doesn't D. James Kennedy realize that dying in unrepentant adultery is not enduring to the end in holiness? Clearly, Eternal Security is a doctrine of demons, which Christians must oppose!
Dear eternal security proponent, do not let yourself be deceived by the popular teachers of our hour or from yesteryear who have changed grace into a license for immorality, as just proven. This dangerous religious subterfuge should now be apparent especially after considering what both types of eternal security teachers have said about their false version of the sin unto death. Their deadly version of grace, with their sin unto death interpretation, allows all forms of unrepentant wickedness for those that were ever regenerated (born again).
Furthermore, the true Christian is clearly called by the term “saint”, which means holy one. Since sin can make a holy person unholy again (1 Tim. 5:22; Rev. 3:4; etc.), and therefore, unfit for an entrance into the kingdom of God (Mt. 5:8; Heb. 12:14; Rom. 6:22; etc.), then these eternal security teachers are dangerously downplaying the effects of sin in the life of a Christian. Souls are at risk because of these fables, including this sin unto death myth.
Spiritual reality dictates that a true Christian can sin in such a way as to bring him back into spiritual death, thereby endangering him once again to the lake of fire (James 1:14-16; 5:19,20; Luke 15:24,32; Gal. 5:19-21; 6:8,9; Rom. 6:16; 8:13; Rev. 2:10,11; etc.). This sequence of events is the real sin unto death, as mentioned by the Apostle John. Moreover, if God in his holy wrath strikes someone dead due to unrepentant adultery, such a person will not go to heaven, but to hell, with all the other God haters as demonstrated in Hebrews 10:26-27; by the way, according to the Bible, the God haters are the disobedient as Jesus said that love for him is obedience to his commands. To reiterate, adulterers do not inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10). This fact was basic knowledge in first century Christianity, although popularly denied in our dark day by those who maintain their security-in-sin gospel and license for immorality.
What happened to Adam and Eve when they sinned (and consequently died spiritually) is a true example of the sin unto death. Similarly, the prodigal became “dead” and lost (Lk. 15:24) as a backslider in his sins. He too exemplifies the real meaning of the sin unto death. Moreover, because the prodigal got forgiven upon repentance, his example conclusively answers the sin unto death vs. the unpardonable sin question! These two types of sin are NOT the same. The sin unto death can get forgiven, while the unpardonable sin cannot.
Sins that cause the sin unto death (or spiritual death) are the ones listed in 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8 and other such listings which will exclude one from inheriting the kingdom of God. Lesser sins, such as worry or unthankfulness, are not sins unto death (that is, they do not lead to spiritual death, putting one back on the road to hell).
Dear reader, if you think you can live in heinous sin, as all eternal security teachers want you to believe, and still remain on the road to heaven, you have been dangerously deceived. You must repent (turn from sin) or you will find yourself being thrown into the lake of fire in the end. You are not merely jeopardizing your physical life, rewards, position in the kingdom, etc. as they claim, but it is your very SOUL that is being endangered and jeopardized. Do not be deceived by their distorted version of the sin unto death or anything else these false teachers say which allows for wickedness and salvation at the same time.
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil …. (1 John 3:7-8)
Eternal Security is an extreme license to sin and nothing better. Be warned and God bless you. More information is available at the Evangelical Outreach site.
Dan Corner, a former pastor and ex-Catholic, is the author of a number of books including 'The Believer's Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted', 'The Myth of Eternal Security' and 'Is this the Mary of the Bible?'.
Dan is available for media interviews, including debates, and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected], by phone at 724-632-3210 or by mail at PO Box 265, Washington, PA, 15301. His websites are https://www.evangelicaloutreach.org (EOMIN.org) and AlcanceEvangelistico.org (DBN-MIN.net) and EternalLifeBlog.com.
After graduating from college, Dan Corner got saved by reading the Bible. For over four decades, he has diligently served the Lord Jesus. Dan Corner's pastoral, apologetic, counter cult and street evangelism experiences have equipped him to contend for the faith and win souls to Jesus from many backgrounds.
He is an ordained minister and director of Evangelical Outreach who pastored for almost seven years and has authored hundreds of Christian articles, answered thousands of emails and letters and has written several books of vital importance in our day.
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