This kind of mutual caring is not to be a pharisaic behavior of watching others to see if they conform to our personal preferences. It is to happen under the authority of God’s Word and consistent with the leadership of the Church. It is to be rooted deeply in genuine care and love.
Do you believe that all who genuinely experience God’s salvation will continue in the faith until the end? I do. Here are a couple of ways this truth has been understood:
- “They whom God hath accepted in His Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved” (Westminster Confession of Faith).
- “Perseverance may be defined as that continuous operation of the Holy Spirit in the believer, by which the work of divine grace that is begun in the heart, is continued and brought to completion” (Louis Berkhof, Systematic Theology, p. 546).
Does Scripture support this conclusion?
Jesus said, “Those who continue in My word are my disciples in reality” (John 8:31; cf. John 10:27-29; Romans 8:38-39). The apostle John indirectly referred to this when he wrote of certain people who left the Christian…
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