Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Defense of Eternal Security and Grace





A Defense of Eternal Security and Grace

By: Nicholas S. Bell
December 21, 2014

A few months ago I posted a status on Facebook about God's grace. The status brought forth much discussion from those of the Catholic religion. One of the people commenting on it is a very outspoken devout Catholic. He posted the following picture from some type of Catholic book listing verses that supposedly prove that we cannot know for certain if we are going to heaven. After he posted this, several other Catholics and a few Protestants listed verses that they believed disproved Justification by God's grace through faith alone in Christ alone and assurance of eternal salvation.  Instead of carrying on a public debate or argument, I decided to take my time to research and write a proper response to each verse they gave me. I examined the verses individually in context, looking at the Greek text and a Greek New Testament concordance. I worked on it in my free time over a series of months. I then submitted it to be reviewed and edited by Kenny Hodges and Butch Simmons, both are graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary and are teachers and mentors to me. They are the two people whose biblical and theological insight I trust the most. They look at scripture in context in its entirety and believe what it says, rather than what man-made religion or theology says. They truly hold to the Berean practices of thoroughly examining scripture and holding everything else to scripture.  I thank them for their mentorship and taking the time to review this paper.