Jesus said, "My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father's hand" (John 10:29). So we are secure in the hand of God, and we are to rest secure in the Lord.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand (John 10:27-29).So, if we believe Pat Robertson's gospel we don't have to endure to the end for salvation's sake, as the Bible teaches (Mt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11). We can now rest secure, according to Pat Robertson. This kind of teaching has bred lukewarmness, fruitlessness and outright wickedness over the years. What a masterpiece the devil has with this teaching in lulling Christians to sleep spiritually and putting them off guard.
If we truly are dead to sin, then we are not going to live in sin any longer, but we will aim to serve God.
In John 10:27-29, the Lord Jesus taught those who are following him (continuous tense in the Greek) will never perish and not be snatched out of his hand or the Father's. There is no implication here, or anywhere in the Bible, that the righteous who would turn away from God temporarily or permanently as was the case for Adam, David, Saul, Solomon, Judas, Peter, Demas, Hymenaeus, Alexander and many that are unnamed throughout the Scriptures, would retain that same righteous standing with God. In contrast, the Bible says that a righteous man that turns to evil will die spiritually (Ezek. 33:13,18; 18:24; Gen. 2:17; James 1:14-16; 5:19,20; Lk. 8:13; 15:24,32; Gal. 5:19-21; 6:8,9; 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Rom. 6:16-22; etc.).
We should constantly remind ourselves that we are secure, that God loves us, and that we belong to Him.Pat Robertson offers no Scripture to prove that Christians should constantly remind themselves that they are secure (even if indulging in various acts of immorality). In contrast, Jesus taught what our constant attitude should be, if we are going to enter the kingdom of God some day:
Someone asked him, "Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?" He said to them, "Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to" (Lk. 13:23,24).The Greek reveals a continuous tense effort is to be made to enter God's kingdom. Likewise, Paul wrote about himself:
But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (1 Cor 9:27)Pat Robertson ends his attempt to defend his distorted version of grace with the following insult to Christians who know they can yet die spiritually through sin, disown Christ, come to believe a false Gospel, etc. and consequently fear God (Mt. 10:28 cf. Isa. 8:13):
But as far as losing my salvation, it just does not come up for me, nor should it for any sincere Christian.So if a Christian would think it is possible to lose his salvation, which can be shown in the Bible in many verses, then he must not be a sincere Christian or is acting in ignorance, according to Pat Robertson. Pat Robertson has employed the old straw man fallacy.
I am deeply grieved as a great man passes from this world to his much deserved eternal reward. John Paul II has been the most beloved religious leader of our age -- far surpassing in popular admiration the leader of any faith. He has been a man of great warmth, profound understanding, deep spirituality, and indefatigable vigor. It was my great honor to meet with him at the residence of my good friend, Cardinal O'Connor, in New York, and to sit in the Consistory during the mass he conducted in Central Park.
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