THERE IS NO SECURITY IN GOD’S LOVE…
BY: CHARLES SLAGLE
Scripturally there isn’t. That is, unless all mankind will be reconciled to Him. Apart from the promise that God will reconcile “all” to Himself (Jn.12:32, Rom.5:18-20, 1Cor.5:22, Gal. 2:8, Eph.1:9-11) there simply can be no “resting secure” in His love.
In other words, there can be no real comfort and hope from the Scriptures. Neither can there be any sure and steadfast anchor for the soul when assailed with times of weakness and doubt. (Rom.15: 4-13, Heb. 6:13-20)
How so? Well, let’s have a look…
(1) …at the gospel of free-willism, which is proclaimed by most of organized churchianity. This message is commonly known as “Arminianism.” And this is the gospel that most churches proclaim today. According to these glad tidings, only a few people (ever will!) find the “narrow way.” For God loves you “unconditionally”… but… you must believe on His Son, and in THIS lifetime, you must show that you trust Him by your good works – for faith without works is dead. God will NOT do your part, according to the free-willist glad tidings. Nor will He hang in there with you after your earthly lifetime UNTIL you do your part. Nope. He will only do HIS part – as long as you live on earth and still have a “chance” to get YOUR part done correctly. But how many good works are ENOUGH to demonstrate that one has “saving faith” and thus is assured escape from “eternal hell”? In light of this tormenting question, as you can see, Arminianism is a gospel of “chances.” Hence, the only people embracing this belief-paradigm who can have any sense of security in God’s love are –
a) those whose hearts unconsciously believe that God will restore all creation in the end, though their heads have been programmed to “believe” that only the spiritually fittest will survive.
b) those who unconsciously or consciously assume that they pack sufficient tenacity, diligence, wisdom (and luck!) to outperform most of the human race. For, again, under this belief structure God will NOT do YOUR part – only His. Therefore one’s ultimate confidence has to be in “oneself” that he or she will, in fact, manage to outstrip most of the human race in faith – as is SHOWN by good works.
Now let us have a look…
2) …at John Calvin’s gospel that asserts that only a few people (ever will!) be chosen for salvation, but once they are saved they are “eternally secure” and can never be lost. Mind you, those who preach this message also assure us that good works MUST accompany one’s salvation in order to validate that one has been “truly” saved. But again, how many good works are enough to validate that one has been truly saved? The theologians who herald this message CANNOT answer this question. They avoid it like the plague. Try asking it to one of them yourself! I call this gospel “the election of a few-ism”, though it is commonly known as “Calvinism.” Yep. Believe it or not, some protestant churches today still herald these glad tidings! However, the only people believing this message who can have any sense of security in God’s love would have to be –
a) Those whose hearts unconsciously know that God actually does love everyone and will restore all of them them to Himself in the end – despite the fact that their heads have been programmed to “believe” otherwise.
b) Those who confidently assume that their conversion experience is valid, while also believing that others who maintain the same confident assumption may be mistaken. These confident folks are content that “they” should be “eternally secure” even if their departed, unconverted loved ones are predestined to agonize in “hell forever and ever.” (Ahem! Er, I mean that the “non-elect” are predestined in the sense that God from eternity past CHOSE to “pass over” them in his redemptive purposes – and thus chose NOT to save them. Such is the “explanation” that most proponents of Calvinism offer as to why most people supposedly will be lost “forever.”)
So as you can see, dear reader, there simply is no sure and steadfast anchor for the soul – Biblically – under these belief paradigms. No, the tragedy is that these shoddy gospels (which are anything but “glad tidings”) offer hope to only those people who are able to hope in themselves.
In other words, they offer false hope. And not only is it a false hope because these inadequate and warped gospels compel people to hope in themselves. It is a false hope because these messages advertise a false and hypocritical “God” who does not practice what he preaches. He does NOT love his little neighbors as he loves himself, as he commands that we do. Instead, this god (caricature) has supposedly “foreordained” from eternity past that most of his little neighbors will scream blasphemies at him from “hell forever.”
However, to those who still prefer to adhere to either of the above grim messages, despite all else the Bible teaches regarding the ultimate destiny mankind, all I can say is that I love you anyhow.
And peradventure your belief system is right…
You’re going to need it.
THERE IS NO SECURITY IN GOD’S LOVE [Charles Slagle] 1