Saturday, February 14, 2009

Even the church of christ believe in Once Saved Always Saved

The church of Christ denies a personal, sovereign election, instead believeing that God predestines us based on our future forseen faith. They also do not believe in perseverance of the saints, the idea that a true Christian is eternally secure in Christ, and that's a problem, because you can't believe in both of those propositions at the same time.
If He predestines us based on our knowledge of future faith then He must be taking into consideration our perseverance in faith, for if we had faith and then fall away we would not be saved.
So if God elects us based Him seeing our perseverance in faith until the end of our lives then we will absolutely certainly make it to the end and be saved because otherwise God saw wrong. And God is never wrong.
Which means that if you start with the premise of God forseeing faith then perseverance of the saints is logically necessary. Which is a big problem for their worldview.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

yep, yep. :)

David Brainerd said...

"The church of Christ denies a personal, sovereign election, instead believeing that God predestines us based on our future forseen faith."

Your article starts at the very beginning with a false premise. What you're describing is Arminianism not the position of the church of Christ. There are two possible positions in the church of Christ: corporate election and Arminianism. The more liberal churches of Christ may go the Arminian route to entice Protestants to join. But the more conservative will stick with the more traditional view of corporate election. What that means is Christ alone is elect and nobody else. You are only elect insofar as you are "in Christ." You enter Christ by being baptized "into Christ." So nobody is elect until they're baptized. Also anyone who does not abide in Christ loses their elect status because you are only elect by virtue of being in the one elect, which is Christ. So the logical inconsistency you are describing is only present in the liberal churches of Christ that have rejected this in favor of Arminianism to be "relevant" to the Baptists.