Once Saved, Always Saved: The Church's Teaching on Eternal Security

By Luke Lancaster


Hell.  Scary word, right?  Endless torment, but for who?  Some of our Protestant brothers and sisters will say it is for the unbeliever in Christ, not actual Christians.  But Catholics will say it is for even Christians who commit a mortal sin.  Who is right?  Now, there are a few theological differences between Protestants and Catholics, such as the Papacy or the Marian doctrines, but a particularly contested topic is this one: eternal security.  Many Protestant Christians will say that a Christian who confesses Christ as Lord of their lives is guaranteed Heaven, and that that reality is secure for eternity.  It’s a sealed and done deal.  Christ reconciled both God and us, and that healing was applied to us when we became Christian.  At that point, all of our past, present, and future sins were forgiven, in the eyes of the Protestant.  To say that a committed Christian could lose their salvation is completely unfathomable in their eyes.  Is that Biblical, though?  Let’s begin a series of short articles to think this through.


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