Absolute Truth, and Security of the Believer are two unchangeable facts that Satan cannot stand, lost men cannot tolerate, and religious men do not comprehend. Ever since Adam believed Lucifer, men have been pretending that they have domesticated the truth into a servant that moves and molds with the will of society, rather than an unshakeable power that governs every real law of humanity.
Among many points of Biblical Christianity that liberal “religionists” cannot tolerate is the fact that Fundamental Christians will never concede a “flexibility” in ultimate truth. Right is right, and wrong is wrong. While circumstances are not always cut and dried, clean and neat, easy to see on a surface level; moral, spiritual, biblical right and wrong are as rigid as simple math. That is not to say there are no gray areas, but in all actuality the gray areas are times when there is not a full and clear understanding of the circumstances as they are, not as they are perceived. Perception is not truth, and truth is not a matter of perception, regardless of how loud someone demands that it is. Very often when someone is “inflexible” pertaining to a moral standard or spiritual truth, they may be labeled hostile; a bully; arrogant; or some other derogatory term.
The truth is, that sometimes men with truth can in fact be caustic, ill-mannered, and downright mean, in their handling of the truth. An ill-mannered Oncologist however, doesn’t change the truth of a patient’s condition. A patient has every right not to put up with a rough mouthed, mean spirited, or abusive doctor, but leaving his care doesn’t change the state of their health. I hate to use cliché’s but one here is true. The primary point is that many people are throwing out the baby with the bath water in their rejection of the absolute truth. Because there are arrogant men who hold the truth, doesn’t mean the truth is any less fixed. It is not the fixed standard that needs to be rejected, it is the arrogance within those men. There is a difference between confidence and arrogance. One is to be edified, and the other is to be rectified; and the fixed standard of truth should never to be diminished because of either.
Absolute truth is not something that should be viewed as imprisoning, but rather inspiring. There is nothing more joyful that having two feet planted firmly on the facts of God’s empowering Word, and walking confidently, firmly, and with certainty toward eternity. There is nothing more freeing than having and knowing the settled truth. Some people insist that a “one size fits all truth” is oppressive in nature, and the fact is that they are right. Truth is oppressive to wrong. Truth is oppressive to sin. Truth doesn’t allow man the freedom to do as he pleases, truth allows man the freedom to do as God pleases, and that ultimately is the only real freedom there is. If truth allowed men the freedom to do as he pleases, he wouldn’t need airplanes to fly. Truth is oppressive to man’s desire to walk on water, fly unaided through the air, keep the health of youth, or run a hundred miles an hour. Truth is oppressive to everything man is not created to do or be. But truth is the key that unlocks a man’s freedom for all that he was created to be.
If there is anything more freeing that absolute truth, then it is the absolute truth of the security of the believer. It is the “Once Saved Always Saved” fact of Biblical faith.
For years I have heard the critics speak of people who “Said they’ve been saved, and then go out and live like the devil on earth, and still expect to be with Jesus in heaven.” Usually every criticism of the doctrine of the security of the believer begins by addressing those who say they are saved.
Let me say this once, loud, and clear. – Because someone says they are saved does not make them saved! Salvation is not a “profession” it is a “possession”, and it is a “possession” that cannot be taken away from those who truly have it. Here are three primary pillars that settle a saved man into glory:
#1 He is Forgiven in Christ – Forgiveness is forever, or it is not forgiveness. Forgiveness that is not forever is foreign to the scriptures. How do we know that forgiveness is forever?
Christ’s Sacrifice was One Time, for All Time – Hebrews 9:12 – “Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Hebrews 10:10 – “By the which we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” No where in scripture is there a statute of limitations. Eternal redemption is permanent redemption.
Christ’s Substitution is One Time for Every Time – Romans 5:8 – “But God commendeth his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” 1st John 2:1 – “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any many sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” – If Salvation could be lost because of sin, then we could never be saved from sin. Jesus said, “while we were yet sinners.” If Sin is more powerful than Salvation then there is no Salvation. If Christ saved us while we were sinning, we cannot lose it when we sin.
#2 He is in the Family of God – Another reason that salvation is settled forever is because salvation is a new birth into a new family. No man can become “unborn.” When a man genuinely places his faith and trust in Jesus Christ is born into the family of God; and it is that entrance into God’s family that seals our security for eternity.
1 John 5:1 – “Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God;” Galatians 3:26 “Ye are all children of God by faith in Jesus Christ.”
I was born into the Haney family in 1972, and regardless of what happens in all of eternity future, nothing will change that fact, and it is that fact that gives me my place in all that belongs to said family. In 1979 I was born into the Family of God and categorically nothing will change that. I can no more be “unborn” from God’s family than I can become “unborn” from my earthly family. What a Joy!
#3 He is Kept by the Force of God – A third reason that salvation is secure is because a man is kept by the sheer force of an omnipotent and omnibenevolent God. We are not saved from hell, we are saved for heaven. As a favorite preacher of mine used to say, “Salvation is not a reward for those who are right, but it is a gift to those who are guilty.” Romans 8:29-30 explains the course that God has laid out for those who are saved.
One of the most eye-opening verses of scripture that underscores this truth is found in Matthew 7:23 when Jesus speaks of those “religious” people who will one day wind-up in an eternal hell. He said, “I will profess unto them, I never knew you.” He will not say, “I used to know you, but don’t anymore.” He will not say “I forgot who you were.” He will say, “Not at this time, nor at any time, have I ever known you.” Those religious people aren’t people who used to be saved, they are people who never were.
To those who claim we teach, “You can get saved and then sin all you want to” I will say, You’re right. But once a man is saved he doesn’t want to anymore. A saved man is a changed man, and if a man is not changed, then he is not saved. Sin becomes sour in the soul of a man with Jesus in residence. In fact the only sorrow that I find in a saved man, is the sorrow of sin, not the joy of it.
Now all of that being said; there is nothing more filling, and thrilling, than the absolute certainty of God’s securing truth. To borrow from Adrian Rogers book “Kingdom Authority”, it is like taking a Freight Train Engine and setting it on the tracks of it’s intended course. There is a freedom like no other. If there is anything we can count on, it is the absolute truth of God’s Word; and if there is anything that we can embrace utter joy in, it is the settled security of the believer in Jesus Christ. Absolute certainty, and Settled security are electrifying facts to believe, that produce a forever change worth making.