It seems as though of late, I have been surrounded by debate over the issue of salvation; this contention of course being rooted in whether or not we can somehow lose, walk away, or simply stop believing in Christ once we have received Him into our hearts. The proponents of this theory generally pull the meat of their argument from Hebrews chapter 6:4-6; further adding a couple verses from the book of Revelation for good measure. And although these arguments seem compelling at first glance, they quickly lose their veracity once they are taken out of their immediate context, and placed within the total context of the entirety of God’s word. It is no great feat to pull one verse from here, and another from there in an attempt to validate one side of an argument; however, it is an entirely different matter when these few scriptures can no longer stand alone, but are met with 2 or 3 hundred that state the opposite.
In short, in all my wrangling with those that say you can lose your salvation, I can count the scriptures used within the confines of my two hands. Furthermore, upon close examination taking the totality of scripture into account, I find time and time again that the scriptures folks use to substantiate this claim do not say what they are attempting to make them say. In fact in all, there seems to be a total lack of divine logic and discernment throughout.
From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.’
Peter did not want to believe the pain Jesus was about to go through in order to resurrect man from the dead and give him eternal life. This was a bloody endeavor and much too costly to be left within the realm of human weakness; for Peter was about to deny Him not once, not twice, but three times.
And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.’ But he said to Him, ‘Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.’ Then He said, ‘I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.’ (Luke 22:31-34) There is only one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus! And there is only one mediator between Satan and man, the man Christ Jesus! And He alone is our victor!
I realize that there are many Christians who view this argument as immature, but I beg to differ. This argument is essential; for it is the power of man and his righteousness verses the power of God in salvation. It is the truth verses error; a lie verses the promise of God. My friends, we were drawn into this new covenant agreement by the very will of God, and we are held by that will under the authority of Christ; and I can assure you that no lie is of the Father; but there is only one liar and the father of them. Who will you choose to believe, God or man?
George L. Miller