And yet not a Calvinist

05 Mar

John McArthur, on the Albert Mohler radio program:

“If I could lose my salvation…if it were possible… I’m talking about me, John McArthur.  If I could lose it, I would lose it.  I’d lose it!  I’d lose it over and over…  If it was possible to lose your salvation, I’d lose mine permanently… I couldn’t hold it for a second… we are kept by the power of God.”

I appreciate the sentiment behind that quotation.  It is most certainly true that our salvation does not depend on us, but wholly on Christ.  As I pointed out before:

For it seems to me that the faithful follower of Christ has the courage to understand that these words “lean not on your own understanding” are most certainly true, as they are constantly reduced to the child-like faith that can only freely receive forgiveness, life, and salvation.  As Luther repeatedly emphasized, we can be glad our salvation does not depend on us.  That, surely, is something an infant can understand.

Indeed, God gets all the glory for those who are saved.  That said, our damnation does depend on us.  Even as He is faithful when we are faithless, if we finally disown Him, He will us.  And its not because we never had true faith.

We ignore this at our peril.

For more on this topic, read the post and comments here.

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