I want to thank you [Evangelical Outreach] for all of your wonderfully thorough teachings focused on providing a comprehensive refutation to the dangerous false doctrine of eternal security [also known as OSAS and The Perseverance of the Saints in ostensibly Calvinistic circles] and I want to share a bit of my story with you. A while back; I went through an agonizing break- up which ended my ebullience for God [including a great passion for scripture- I have a great breadth of theological and scriptural knowledge] and caused me to lose my salvation. Soon after, I experienced tortuous suicidal thoughts and an indefatigable proclivity to self-hatred. In the midst of all this, I was committing a whole host of other sins as well as having a horrible problem with lust; [Matthew 5:27-28]; which therefore made me an adulterer and thus guilty of sexual immorality according to 1 Cor 6:9-11, Gal 5:16-25, Eph 5:1-7, 1 Thess 4:3-8; Rev 21:6-8, Rev 22:15, etc. However, a miracle occurred much earlier this year when my time as a backslider came to end and I was saved again. I was instantly delivered from my sin addictions [Romans 6:19-23]; became fully sold out and committed to following the Lord Jesus and doing his will [Matthew 16:24-27]; experienced a radical change and became a new creation in Christ [2 Cor 5:17] and I have received peace and rest for my soul by going to the Lord Jesus [Matthew 11:28-30]. I am making every effort [Luke 13:22-24, Hebrews 12:14-17; etc] to enter through God's kingdom door; and striving to keep myself pure [1 Timothy 4:15-16; 1 Timothy 5:22, etc] so that I can enter in after my physical death. Your website and teachings have been instrumental in keeping me on the right path after my return to salvation. Your ministry is one of very few that I fully trust. Truth be told, there is so much false teaching out there these days; even from people who purport to teach holiness and to reject OSAS!
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For example: I recently had an e- mail exchange with a man who rejects OSAS; but denies that salvation can be lost through sin. Instead, he believes sin can only be lost if one chooses to disown Jesus or apostatize from the Christian faith. Although disowning Jesus will certainly cause one to lose his or her salvation [Matthew 10:32-33; 2 Timothy 2:12, etc]; to deny that sin can also [in certain cases immediately, and other cases much more gradually] is to pervert God's grace into a license for immorality [which we are commanded to contend against in Jude 3-4 among various other places in scripture]; and to make one guilty of disseminating another gospel according to 1 Cor 15:1-2; Gal 1:6-9, 2 Jn 8-9, etc. Therefore, even if he was once saved; he is now lost again for teaching and believing another gospel. This is a supposedly Bible College/Seminary- educated man; which only makes me fear for the poor spiritual state of our institutions of theological learning today, including [but obviously not limited to] the ones that say they reject the false teaching of eternal security!
Thank you for helping me to know the truth and to act upon it for my soul's sake [James 1:21- 25, etc]; and I ask that you would continue to pray for my spiritual well-being and growth. And long may your mighty ministry of soul-winning and no-nonsense holiness preaching continue. God bless you. Remember Hebrews 3:7-15.
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