Apostasy in Hebrews 6:4-6 (Owen)

Scripture teaches that those whom God loves, he never leaves.  Whom he predestines, he preserves.  Those he effectually calls, he effectually keeps.  Whom he regenerates, he never rejects.  The ones he forgives, he never forsakes (Ps. 37:28, John 10:28-29, Rom. 8:35-39, Phil. 1:6, 1 Cor. 1:7b-8a, etc.).  The perseverance of the saints is a clear… Continue reading Apostasy in Hebrews 6:4-6 (Owen)

“A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)

James Montgomery Boice made some good points on the perseverance of the saints in these following paragraphs: This doctrine has a logical connection to the other Calvinistic distinctives, of course.  Because we are radically depraved and because salvation depends on God's sovereign acts in our salvation, we have a security that is based on his… Continue reading “A Strange Anomaly in Contemporary Evangelicalism” (Boice)

We Get Back Up Again (Byrd)

Here's a helpful way to talk about perseverance of the saints: "Perseverance is humbling.  We desire righteousness, but we fall on our faces.  We look forward to the promise of eternally dwelling with God in holiness, and we know how far we are from it.  We receive God's grace knowing that we are so utterly… Continue reading We Get Back Up Again (Byrd)

Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

I was reading Hebrews' comparison of Moses and Christ (Heb. 3:1-6) when I found the following helpful comments by Raymond Brown in his commentary on Hebrews (note: this is not the same Raymond Brown who has written Roman Catholic works and commentaries). Right before these comments, Brown noted the great balance in Hebrews between the… Continue reading Preservation, Perseverance, Persistence

Perseverance of the Saints Anathematized

  (This is a repost from April, 2012). On December 13, 1545, the first session of the Council of Trent took place under Pope Paul III.  This council was an official council of the Roman Catholic Church which met to discuss, among other things, the teachings of the Reformation - the teachings which most Roman… Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints Anathematized