Greetings in the precious name of Jesus.
Thank your for your email regarding eternal security. We at Gospel for Asia know that the subject of eternal security is controversial.... We don’t believe that whether or not a person can lose their salvation is a foundational issue of Christianity and as such, we do not take a dogmatic position on the subject.
We believe that the Scriptures are the source that we should look to for our doctrine. The Scriptures teach that whoever believes in Jesus
We believe that the Scriptures are the source that we should look to for our doctrine. The Scriptures teach that whoever believes in Jesushas eternal life (John 3:16). We believe that whoever has repented from their sins and put their trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior has eternal life and can be secure in that. We don’t believe that if someone sins, they lose their salvation and need to be resaved.
We believe in the security of the believer but we also believe in the “perseverance of the saints”.... We believe that the important thing is not whether or not they lost their salvation but that they repent and get into a right relationship with God.
... In the areas where GFA [Gospel For Asia] missionaries are working, things are very different. People living in areas where there is persecution know that there will be a cost to becoming a Christian. Most will face some form of persecution. Some will be beaten. Many will be rejected by their families and lose their jobs and homes—and some will even lose their lives. Because of this, Christianity is not something that is entered into lightly. People count the cost when they receive Jesus Christ and as a result are not likely to make half-hearted commitments to follow Him....
Please note how a PAST MOMENT OF REPENTANCE (has repented) is the goal of GFA [Gospel For Asia] and all once saved always saved teachers. It is NOT where a person is NOW, but were they ever saved—did they ever repent! Gospel For Asia claims they aren’t dogmatic about this, but they teach dogmatically! He wrote:
We don’t believe that if someone sins, they lose their salvation and need to be resaved.
Gospel For Asia claims the people they witness to count the cost in coming to Jesus, but what happens if a Christian later disowns Jesus and goes back to his old life before he repented? Gospel For Asia would say they are still saved, even though they are again idolaters, drunks, adulterers, etc. Their doctrine destroys the need for such to repent again for salvation’s sake and has, consequently, led to multitudes being damned to hell. It is also disturbing to ponder that such an organization calls itself Gospel For Asia, when they really deny and contradict part of the real gospel:
By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. (1 Cor 15:2)
1 Cor. 15:2 is not included in the gospel that is preached by Gospel For Asia! So, which gospel do they believe in and are spreading? ANSWER: The WRONG one! They also wrongly say the believer’s security is not foundational to Christianity:
We don’t believe that whether or not a person can lose their salvation is a foundational issue of Christianity.
Again, how can they say that since the believer’s conditional security is linked to the real gospel itself (1 Cor. 15:2)?! That does make it foundational to Christianity, since the gospel message is very essential. John 3:16 shows it takes a CONTINUOUS TENSE “belief” in Jesus to have eternal life. If one stops believing, which is definitely possible (Lk. 8:13; 1 Tim. 1:19,20; 2 Tim. 2:18; Rom. 11:19-23), he is not described in John 3:16 anymore.
If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.” (2 Pet 2:20-22)
Why doesn’t Gospel For Asia just teach as they did in first century Christianity? They certainly knew the spread the gospel meaning:
We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. (Heb. 3:14)
Heb. 3:14 is a passage rejected and avoided by many, including Gospel For Asia and K. P. Yohannan, to the harm of those who listen to them.
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