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.

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Did Samson Commit Suicide?

Contrary to popular opinion, Samson did not commit suicide. Samson prayed that God would let him die with the Philistines, but he left the matter completely in God’s hands. Judges 16:28-30 read:

Then Samson prayed to the LORD, “O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” Then Samson reached toward the two central pillars on which the temple stood. Bracing himself against them, his right hand on the one and his left hand on the other, Samson said, “Let me die with the Philistines!” Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.

Unlike Samson, suicide victims take the termination of their own physical lives into their own hands. God did honor Samson’s prayer, but God didn’t honor Jonah’s similar prayer (Jonah 4:3) or Elijah’s prayer (1 Ki. 19:4)!

In addition, Psa. 66:18 states:

If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.

This means at the very end of Samson’s life, he apparently was forgiven. Otherwise, God would not have heard his prayer.

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Once Saved Always Saved (Eternal Security) Facts Produce Repentance

A woman sent this sincere letter to which Dan Corner responds.

I have read some of the messages. When I came across the article Once Saved Always Saved I was so afraid. I came to know the Lord in 1982 and was Baptised and started fellowship with the Independant Baptist Church, I have always believed this Once Saved Always Saved, until I read the article and I was pricked to the heart and asked the Lord to forgive me for the life I have lived. I am afraid all my children have gone away from the Lord and I am concern for them also. I am afraid I have much to learn and ask forgiveness for all I can do now is to call upon the Lord to make me strong so that I can with the Lords help try and sort out the mess I am in. Please pray for me and my children. Your articles are a real blessing. Please pray for the Lords healing for all my family. Thank you.

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Fruitless Christians Will Lose Salvation

Excerpted from The Believer’s Conditional Security by Dan Corner. Copyright 2000 by Daniel D. Corner

Fruitless Christians are in the greatest danger that exists in the universe. Unless they repent and bear fruit, they will be severed from Christ and will be thrown into the fire and burned, according to Jesus! What a shock it must be to some to hear statements like this, but Jesus taught this truth more than once!

In Jn. 15:2, Jesus taught about the Father:

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful (NIV).

Notice how the Father wants fruit. But what happens to people who do not remain in Christ, namely the branches that get cut off because they bear no fruit? Verse 6 gives the answer:

If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned (NIV).

Remember, Jesus taught in Jn. 15:1-10 that there are two types of Christians—those who do remain in him and bring forth fruit and those who do not remain (the fruitless) and end up in the fire! Though the moderate form of OSAS teaches that a real Christian has to remain, the Lord taught otherwise!

The KJV uses the word abide in this passage instead of remain. The reader should be aware that the Greek meaning of abide is remain:

abide, continue, dwell in, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for) X thine own.

Similarly, in Mt. 25:14-30 we read the Parable of the Talents. The servant of the Master who was entrusted with one talent never lost that one talent, but gained absolutely nothing. His Master returned from his journey and called him to account. The Master of that servant then said:

And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (v. 30, NIV).

Similarly, in Lk. 13:6-9, Jesus taught about a fruit tree that wasn’t bearing fruit. The owner of the vineyard went to it for three years without finding any fruit. It would be given just one more year to bear fruit—with special attention of digging around it and fertilizing—then it would be cut down (or killed), if it remained fruitless! Fruitlessness leads to termination of life.

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