Conditional Forgiveness | Unforgiveness | Loss of Salvation

The Unforgiving In Heart

The unforgiving in heart will nullify their own forgiveness, according to the ultimate authority—the Lord Jesus (Mt. 18:21-35)! Furthermore, the Father forgiving us of our sins is conditional upon us forgiving others who have sinned against us. Jesus taught:

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Mt. 6:14,15).

This can only be referring to the saved, for the unsaved have the devil as their spiritual father (Jn. 8:44), and he can’t forgive our sins!

Also, Jesus elaborated on this important subject of forgiving others at another time when Peter asked him about the number of times he should forgive his brother who sins against him (Mt. 18:21-35). [See the chapter addressing this teaching entitled, The Importance of Forgiving in our 801 page volume, The Believer’s Conditional Security.]

Scripture elsewhere reiterates the dangers of hatred and bitterness. Gal. 5:15 and Heb. 12:15, respectively, read:

If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Unforgiveness, hatred and bitterness seem to be implied here, as are other works of the sinful nature.

Copyright, Dan Corner.

Backslider Loses Salvation

Can a Backslider Lose Salvation?

The servant who backslides to the point where he begins to beat others and get drunk is another time Once Saved Always Saved is confuted with Scripture. Read Lk. 12:45,46. Notice, he began to do evil acts as he pondered the long-time delay in his Master’s return. Was that servant unconditionally eternally secure? Not according to Jesus! Verse 46 reads:

The master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

His portion with the unbelievers is clearly shown to be the fiery lake of burning sulfur, according to Rev. 21:8. Also, no unrepentant drunkard, like that servant, will inherit the kingdom of God, 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Gal. 5:19-21. This is true even if he was once a faithful servant. It is, therefore, impossible to be a drunkard and a Christian at the same time, in contrast to what some would like to believe!

Copyright, Dan Corner.

Are All God’s Promises Unconditional?

Promises Without An Apparent Condition

In Mt. 19:28, we have a clear New Testament promise, without any attached condition, but that glorious promise was negated in the case of the Apostle Judas Iscariot. That verse reads:

Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

Judas was promised one of those twelve thrones, thereby proving:

  1. he was once saved and
  2. he once followed Jesus just like the other Twelve

Yet Judas will never see the fulfillment of that promise in the Kingdom, because of his after-conversion sins. Rather than a throne in God’s kingdom, Judas’ future beyond the grave was changed and is described as:

“The Son of Man will go just as it is written about him. But woe to that man who betrays the Son of Man! It would be better for him if he had not been born” (Mk. 14:21).

“While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled” (Jn. 17:12).

Note: the same Greek word found in Jn. 10:27-29 and translated follow, which describes Jesus’ sheep that will never be plucked from his hand, is also found in Mt. 19:28, thereby proving the popular Once Saved Always Saved proof texts of Jn. 10:28,29 only hold true for the sheep that continue to follow Jesus (Jn. 10:27), unlike Judas. This truth is a deathblow to the Once Saved Always Saved proponents.

Copyright, Dan Corner. See his popular 801 page volume, The Believer’s Conditional Security, for more information about eternal security.

The Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind and Naked Lukewarm

The Deceived Lukewarm

The amazing thing about the lukewarm is that they don’t recognize their need or the danger they are in. In their wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked (NIV) spiritual condition, they think they do not need a thing. They are this deceived! Therefore, the vital need to change is hidden from their blinded eyes and isn’t the priority it should be. Imagine being in such spiritual danger and thinking all is well. This, in fact, is reality for many in our modern day.

Regarding their deception, Adam Clarke comments on Rev. 3:17 (Adam Clarke’s Commentary On The Bible, p. 1338):

17. I am rich. You suppose yourself to be in a safe state, perfectly sure of final salvation, because you have begun well and laid the right foundation. It was this most deceitful conviction that cut the nerves of their spiritual diligence; they rested in what they had already received, and seemed to think that once in grace must be still in grace.

Dan Corner Comments

Besides the affluence of Laodicea adversely affecting them, the teachers in that region might have been “sleepy time.” By that, it is meant after the opening Scripture for the sermon (if any is cited), there is no need for a Bible since stories and the like would then fill up the rest of the twenty minute “sermon.” If such “pastors” could bottle their ability to induce natural sleep, they would knock the sleeping pill companies out of business. Besides story telling, joke telling from the pulpit is also used to make everybody feel happy and relaxed, but which also will destroy Holy Spirit conviction and take time away from correcting, rebuking and encouraging (2 Tim. 4:2).

In our day there exists another way to create lukewarmness that didn’t exist in the days of the Laodiceans, and that is TV watching. This vile tool of the adversary not only uses up precious free time that we have to serve God but instills the world’s values while it promotes lust, violence, materialism, deceit and the like!

Copyright, Dan Corner. Brother Corner has many more insightful teachings available through his ministry, Evangelical Outreach.

Persecution Is A Test | Parable of the Sower | Once Saved Always Saved

Regarding persecution, a very important parable (the Parable of the Sower) declares there are four different types of people who hear the word of God. The second type mentioned “believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away” (Lk. 8:13). In Mt. 13:21, the explanation of this type of person is given:

But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.

This type of person does not continue to live spiritually because of persecution.

Please realize, therefore, that persecution does not come to build us up or promote growth, as some Once Saved Always Saved teachers wrongly proclaim. Neither does it come to weed out the mere professing believers from the real Christians, as others teach. The word of God is given to build us up (Acts 20:32) and for growth (1 Pet. 2:2). Persecution comes as a test (Lk. 8:13 cf. Mt. 13:21; Acts 20:19; Rev. 2:10) which will cause some genuine Christians to fall away or die spiritually!

Furthermore, the Scriptural meaning of fall away in context is die as evidenced by the withered plants. To fall away is equated here with ceasing to believe. The seed (or word of God) produced (spiritual) life, for there was a living plant that afterwards withered, or as Jesus taught, such “believe for a while, but in the time of testing, they fall away.”

Notice: after they initially believed through the word of God in such a way as to produce life, they ceased believing. Such occurred because of the persecution or trouble in their lives that came from the word of God. Clearly then, persecution for godly living can potentially be spiritually fatal to the real Christian!

Again, from the Parable of the Sower, we see that it is possible for a Christian to have a genuine, life-producing faith that doesn’t continue, as evident in Jesus’ words, believe for a while.

The Once Saved Always Saved teachers are wrong to say it was “a temporary faith,” meaning that such people never had a true faith, since it didn’t endure. One can only wonder, how could a temporary faith be equated with a false faith, since such did produce spiritual life?
Similar to that faulty interpretation is what we read in the notes for Lk. 8:13 of The NIV Study Bible. It wrongly states:

This kind of belief is superficial and does not save. It is similar to what James calls ‘dead’ (Jas 2:17,26) or ‘useless’ faith (Jas 2:20). (The NIV Study Bible, p. 1,554)

The point made by Jesus regarding this type of person, is that there was real spiritual life produced by the word of God and personal faith that didn’t endure. It wasn’t a dead faith, as James 2 mentions, for it produced genuine, spiritual life that lasted until the persecution came and the spiritual life, at that point, was terminated. In other words, it wasn’t a dead faith, but a living faith that became dead!

Unfortunately, besides The NIV Study Bible, other study Bibles (and reference Bibles) slip in Once Saved Always Saved from time to time. The Ryrie Study Bible, MacArthur Study Bible and the Scofield Reference Bible are some other examples.

Copyright, Dan Corner.