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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)

TITLE: Afterword: Part Three of Six, "Is It Really True That You Can Lose Your Salvation?"
By gonzodave coulon
02/19/08


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Part Three of Six, "Is It Really True That You Can Lose Your Salvation?"
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Afterword

For further reading, my previous submittals discuss various aspects of this same, critically vital understanding of God's grace-filled salvation. My focus is not on the "person" of what is commonly termed Arminian Christian belief. Rather, the underlying basis of a contemporary Soteriology, or doctrine of the value of the death of Christ, is the object of my exposition.

If a system of so-called Christianity and its gospel is wrong about the value in the death of Christ, that system's evangelical presentations and teachings concerning the believer's salvation and daily walk are quite literally - a waste of time and effort. Likewise, faith in Buddha nor Mohammed, or a great spirit will afford myself or anyone else the certainty of a secure, greatly improved afterlife.

I simply hold forth the magnified differences between the two systems of salvation and advise strongly to avoid the distraction of semi-Pelagian arguments concerning man's unlimited ability to effect his "free will" in choice and the continuance of salvation. Free will and saving faith are a response, not a cause of salvation. Man did not manifest the conditions of salvation, he merely responds to an offer created by God through the incarnation, death, and resurrection of the Son of God. A Savior who is acting even now to expand and conform His body of believers. Therefore, my prime concern is that the reader may understand what is a proper gospel invitation to God's graceful salvation in Christ Jesus.

In sharp contradiction to Arminian teaching, salvation is not a continuing process. Whereas, experiential sanctification does continue throughout a believer's lifetime. Saving faith is not a response that can ever be repeated. It may only be improved upon as daily faith is exercised in the belief that one is saved and destined for the glory prepared by Christ. A glory waiting on the souls of those who are vitally joined through His glorified humanity to His divine and ever-existing fullness (Gk. pleroma) and felicity of eternal life. The very life in the Godhead shared by the Father and the Spirit of God. Unity with God is a grand and marvelous reality straight from the truthful lips of Jesus in the Gospel of John, chapters 13-17.

Salvation is why God became the Unique God-Man of a new race of men possessed of a heavenly destiny. The Arminian theory of atonement may not - because of inherent self-destruction - allow itself the freedom to cherish this divine motive of salvation. Jesus, the ultimate husband, loves His own "body" so very much. How can He ever deny a trusting soul?
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References:
"The Pursuit of God," AW Tozer
"Free Will," John Owens


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Jan Ackerson 02/22/08
This is quite academic; I'm very impressed with your scholarship.
Joanne Sher 02/23/08
Much to learn here, and well-written. A fascinating read.
Fiona Dorothy Stevenson02/25/08
WOW! My eyes are crossed! Is it possible to say it so I can understand it? I was saved by faith in the finished work of Christ fifty years ago, and am currently - I hope - growing in the knowledge of His grace and goodness. Are you saying I am in danger of possibly losing my salvation, or that - in Jesus - I am not in danger?
William Stevenson02/25/08
Frankly I wonder why you would waste the challenge judges time with theological hoo ha that has no connection with the topic.

Having had my attention drawn to this article I can frankly say that the readers of such matters would be very limited.

You may find publication in a theological journal for intellectuals.
Lynn Jacky02/25/08
I would have to read parts 1-5 to actually comment. In my studies I have never come across Arminian teaching, and semi-Pelagian agreements. I agree with some of your Free Will theory - This is quite deep and needs more explanation to be understood.
I agree somewhat with the others. Not sure how this fits in with the challenge theme. Please keep writing and developing your style.