The Doctrine of Eternal Security Proven Wrong Super Easy
By Michael D. Fortner
Given that there are verses that seem to be for and some against the doctrine of ES, let us begin by examining one of Christ's parables, because ALL other passages must agree with what Christ said, since the Bible does not teach contrary doctrine. This will lay the foundation of all the rest of the book.
There is an old saying that goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. This is probably one of the reasons that Jesus gave us parables, they contain information that cannot be altered without altering the story itself. So the truth is certain to reach us, if we are not blinded by false doctrine when we read the parables. William Barclay's commentary says about parables:
The other side of that is that the parable conceals truth from those who are either too lazy to think or too blinded by prejudice to see. It puts the responsibility fairly and squarely on the individual. It reveals truth to him who desires truth; it conceals truth from him who does not wish to see the truth. (Matthew 13)
One of the most important parables Jesus gave is of the seed that fell on different types of ground. Jesus tells us that the seed is the "Word of God." The ground represents the hearts of men and women who hear the Gospel. The condition of the person's heart determined whether the seed was able to sprout and grow. Jesus said:
"But other seeds fell on rocky ground where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up because they did not have deep soil. 6 But when the sun rose, they were scorched. And because they did not take root, they withered away. . . . But he who received the seed on rocky ground is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, 21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, eventually he falls away." (Matthew 13:20-21) (MEV)
This man is an illustration of one who hears the gospel message and is full of joy at finding the truth; "Praise God I've been born again!" Some people make quick decisions without thinking things through, they will jump on the wagon if they see other people doing the same thing. But they have not truly decided to follow Christ at all cost.
There can be no doubt then, that the plant that sprang up represents a new born Christian, but because the plant did not put down roots by feeding on the Word and prayer, he was not able to stand up against outside forces, which was the heat of the sun. He is persecuted or suffers trials and tribulations, and renounces his faith in Christ. The doctrine of ES says the plant can never die because it is not up to you, but up to God to sustain us. But this is false doctrine, if only because it does not agree with this parable.
Such a person as in the parable is a baby in the Lord and has no one to properly disciple him, so when he is faced with trouble for being a Christian, he "withered away." You have heard that what goes up must come down; he cannot fall if he was never up. In this case, if he withered away then he had to have been a real new born Christian plant! You cannot fall away from the truth if you never had the truth. You cannot die if you were never alive. This is proof that he was in fact a "saved" Christian, but it clearly says he dies, or falls from the faith; he stops following Christ, so his spirit has died.
Notice that in this parable at least, the plant did not die because it did something wrong, it died because it was a young plant who was not properly nourished with knowledge of the Holy Spirit, which is the water of life. So it was not strong enough to remain alive against the hot sun. It takes more than being born again, but also takes growing up spiritually through discipleship. A baby Christian is not prepared to stand up against persecution. This does not mean that sin will not kill a plant, sin is like rocks in the soil. The more rocks there are the less nourishment the plant can get, and eventually the plant will die of starvation.
Yes, the Holy Spirit gives life (John 6:63), and brings forth the increase (1 Corinthians 3:7.), but if you don't keep drinking from the water of life you will die. One drink will not keep you alive for eternity! We are only alive if we keep drinking of the Spirit, and when we stop receiving this nourishment, then we die. Plain and simple.
Those who teach ES say, it is nonsense to suggest that you sin and get saved again, over and over. Yes, indeed. One sin or even two will not kill your spirit, but many sins will choke off the life giving nourishment. So will intentionally renouncing your faith in Christ, like so many have done who grew up believers but were feed poison in the form of false New Age teaching or paganism. So the poison killed their plant, it killed their spirit by stopping the plant from soaking up the water of life. To suggest that once a person becomes born again, that they cannot die again, is utterly ridiculous and not supported by the Bible.
7 Some seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them." . . . 22 He also who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, but the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
Here again the Word of God, which is the life of the plant, is choked off by outside influences such as false doctrine or compromise, which causes the plant to die!
Those who claim that once you are born into the family of God, you cannot die, must believe that they then BECOME GODS in their own power, because THAT is the only way you will never die and live forever, unless you have the inflow from the Holy Spirit, as mentioned above. The Holy Spirit is what gives us life, otherwise, you become a GOD and can go out and create your own universe! So, which is it? You become a GOD or you live because of the power of God in you?
You see, that Holy Spirit can be choked off, and it can depart. If you allow a root of bitterness to grow inside of you, it can choke off the Holy Spirit. You can become filled with hate, even toward God, even though you were once saved.
So it is false to say that you are guaranteed eternal life just because you said a sinner's prayer once. TOTAL LUNACY