Dr. D. James Kennedy (1930-2007) gets the Skull and Crossbones Award for changing the grace of God into a license for immorality” (Jude 4). D. James Kennedy, who embraced the Westminster Confession, indirectly denied the Calvinistic cliche that one who has a saving faith will persevere to the end in the way of holiness. D. James Kennedy (Dennis James Kennedy) did that through his teaching about the sin unto death:
I think back many years ago of a man in this church who was engaged in adultery—a man who
These are just some of the unlimited, infinite ways God can chasten those who are truly His own, who do not repent of their sins. My friends, we need to take the warnings seriously because they are very real.(1)
It is true that Christians can fall into sin; we can partially and temporarily fall away, but not totally and finally fall away.(2)
One must ask, if that unrepentant adulterer who was trying to break up a marriage didn’t totally and finally fall away, what would it take? Surely he didn’t persevere to the end in the way of righteousness!
For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them. (Eph 5:5-7)
(1) D. James Kennedy, Can A Christian Fall From Grace?, pamphlet (Ft. Lauderdale FL: Coral Ridge Ministries), pp. 14, 15. See p. 702 of The Believer’s Conditional Security for Dave Hunt’s similar thoughts on the sin unto death, which clearly prove once saved always saved is a license for immorality.
(2) Ibid., p. 10. [D. James Kennedy was a popular and intelligent good speaker, but also a spiritual snare because of his theology.]