Be assured that the eternal security teachers will usually deny that their doctrine is a license for immorality (or license to sin), but that doesn’t change reality. One exception to this denial is heretic David J. Stewart, who admits to teaching a license to sin! Then there is another type of teacher, like David Servant and even David Pawson, who reject once saved always saved but still teach a license to sin.
Godless Men Have Changed Grace Into A License To Sin
That type shows the license for sin teachers overflows beyond the eternal security teachers! There are various ways we can know the truth about eternal security which is so dearly embraced by the deceived multitudes. Here are a few concepts that should drive home this revealing point about eternal security being a license to sin:
Everyone Should Know The License To Sin Implications of 1 Cor. 5:1-5
In the teaching of the Prodigal Son, the Lord Jesus taught the youngest son departed from the presence of the Father to go into wild living, which included being with prostitutes. He spent all his wealth, then came to his senses. At that point he humbly returned to the Father (and turned away from his wickedness) to serve God. The Father ran to welcome him back and shared the most important truths about this topic in verses 24 and 32:
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:24)
But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. (Luke 15:32)
It should be clear from these verses that the Prodigal’s spiritual condition went from saved to lost when sexually immoral to saved again when he repented to serve God. The Father clearly stated the Prodigal was spiritually dead and lost when in wild living. This is both clear and destructive to the doctrine of eternal security because the prodigal died spiritually through sin. Hence, he was back on the road to hell again.
Obviously, the eternal security proponents deny that the prodigal lost his salvation. To do otherwise would be to reject their own doctrine. (Their sole feeble argument is that he always remained the Father’s son even when in wicked living. It seems that they intentionally miss the truths that he was both spiritually dead and lost when in his sins.)
Here’s the point: When the eternal security proponents argue that the prodigal didn’t lose his salvation, they are at the same time arguing that one can habitually sin in wild living as the prodigal did. To be more exact, they are indirectly saying Christians can be visiting prostitutes and do other wild things as the Prodigal when spiritually dead and lost (Lk. 15:24) and still remain on the road to heaven as a Christian! This is clearly a license for immorality, license to sin and not grace, God’s keeping power, etc. Their doctrine can't justly be equated with eternal salvation. Again, to deny that the Prodigal lost his salvation when in sexual sin is to affirm that one can be as sexually immoral and wild as he was and have spiritual life at the same time—clearly a license to sin (and doctrine of demons).
The Way They Teach Romans 7:14-25 Implies a License To Sin
If you have ever had much of a conversation with closed eternal security advocates, it is highly likely that they brought up Romans 7:14-25 and tried to apply that to the Apostle Paul when a Christian. To do this is to ignore at least a dozen Scriptures which are as crystal clear as they come in showing Paul lived a consistently holy and exemplary, self-denying Christian life. Such relevant Scriptures are ignored and avoided when Romans 7:14-25 is cited as backing for their security in sin teaching of eternal security. (This automatically shows there is something very wrong in the heart of these teachers.)
It also reveals how ignorant of the Bible these teachers are and their audience who accepts their sinister interpretation of Romans 7:14-25. The truth is, Paul was the champion apostle of all times and the ultimate example of a Christian, but these people describe him as basically the lowest of the low—the chief of sinners after getting saved! Please notice the following verse from that Romans 7 passage:
For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. (Verse 19)
What is so revealing in verse 19 is: if that is supposed to be Paul as a Christian, as the eternal security teachers want us to believe, then:
a) Paul, the Christian, continually did not do the good he wanted to do (which conflicts with Titus 2:14; etc.) and
b) Paul, the Christian, continually did evil.
Ponder those truths. This is another way of saying Paul as a Christian, habitually and continually practiced sin as an unbroken lifestyle, the very thing the Calvinist eternal security proponents deny a true Christian can do at other times! (The eternal security teachers declare opposite messages at different times depending on what is most convenient at the moment. Their listeners either don’t care about these contradictions or aren’t able to recognize them.)
Furthermore, Jesus spoke of religious people in Matthew 7:21-23 that were continuous tense evil doers (just like Rom. 7:19 describes). Jesus said of the ones in Mt. 7:21-23 that he never knew them—meaning they had never come to salvation. But here in Rom. 7:14-25, the eternal security teachers are going contrary to their own teachings and Mt. 7:21-23 to allow for continuous tense wicked lifestyle living for Paul as a Christian, who wrote half of the New Testament! Clearly, for them to misuse Romans 7:14-25 the way they do is to teach a license for immorality (besides smearing Paul’s Godly image and distorting the holy image of a true Christian as a whole). Their license to sin will trample on any Biblical character it can!
1 Cor. 5:1-5 and a License To Sin
In 1 Cor. 5:1-5 there was an unnamed sexually immoral man in the Corinthian congregation who was guilty of sexual sin not even named among the pagans of Paul’s day—incest and adultery. The eternal security teachers argue from verse 5 that he had spiritual life while in unrepentant continuous sexual immorality. By doing that, they are indirectly saying that a Christian can live the same way and be more sinfully wicked than pagans! At other times the eternal security teachers will say that not everyone in a particular church group is a Christian, but here they declare this incestuous wicked man was a Christian. Imagine that! What a license to sin that is!
[There is another exception, which needs to be mentioned. The exception to this license to sin implication from 1 Cor.5:1-5 comes from David Pawson, a teacher who rejects eternal security! NOTE: Though David Pawson rejects eternal security he is still teaching the same DEADLY WAY. Robert Shank in Life in The Son also taught a license to sin! Jimmy Swaggart has his twist too.
Swaggart rejects unconditional eternal security, but says he believes in conditional eternal security, which he teaches as NO SIN, regardless what it is, can negate a Christian's salvation! Hence, such teachers are no better than the open and bold once saved always saved teachers for they too are a snare to precious SOULS.]
John Calvin Taught A License To Sin Also
The License To Sin is Implied
In conclusion, just from the aforementioned three passages, the eternal security teachers believe a Christian can be:
one who is living wildly and visiting prostitutes (like the Prodigal)
continuously doing evil as an unbroken lifestyle (as they interpret Rom. 7:14-25) and
incestuously worse than pagans (as the man in 1 Cor. 5:1-5).
Hence, eternal security teachers are guilty of teaching and defending a license to sin and often do this under their false understanding of grace. Pastor Joseph Prince is no exception to this! The above also shows eternal security teachers are described by the book of Jude, especially verses 3 and 4. How they view David, when in adultery and murder, and their erroneous understanding of the sin unto death also confirms their license to sin. You can also add to that, that they think backsliden King Saul died with salvation, both Lot and Noah had salvation when in drunkenness and Peter remained saved even after he disowned Jesus and before he repented!
Eternal security teachers are dangerous people declaring demonic teachings under the guise of grace, God’s keeping power, God's love, God’s faithfulness, etc. Their gospel is another gospel and a license for sin. They have even produced the deceitful Romans Road salvation presentation, which omits key verses that debunk their doctrine! Dear reader, if you are a real Christian do not support their ministry and/or churches. If you do, you are part of the problem and partly responsible for all the harm they are doing with their license to sin teachings.
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