Is Eternal Security of the Believer True, Or Can We Choose to Walk Away from God?

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The first question we want to ask in answering this question, is, “does the Bible teach eternal security?” And the answer is yes. Romans 8:29,30 says:

29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.[v] 30 And those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.

Here Paul says that those God chooses (foreknew) and predestines, God also glorifies. The word glorified is in the past tense, because according to Paul, as far as God is concerned, those he chooses are already certain to be glorified. So it would seem that the Bible teaches eternal security of the believer, but not so fast. We see from this passage and from Romans 9, that Paul taught what is popularly known today as Calvinism. But is Paul justified in teaching Calvinism? The answer is no. Continue reading

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