Tim Archer just put up a post with several resources for and against the doctrine of perseverance of the saints.
I was waiting to get a table at a local restaurant earlier this evening, checking out Google Reader on my iPhone, and quite naturally took a look at Tim’s post. And lo and behold, he put up a series of links from me! I’d completely forgotten that I’d written these. (Age is catching up. Now what was I talking about? Oh, yeah …)
Election: The Problem with Perseverance of the Saints, Part 1
Election: The Problem with Perseverance of the Saints, Part 2
Election: The Problem with Perseverance of the Saints, Part 3
Election: Further Conclusions
So, anyway, I really don’t get Calvinistic election or even how it’s appealing to some, but perseverance of the saints — as taught in the Calvinist tradition — isn’t that different from my own views. The idea that we stay saved despite persistent willful sin is, of course, abhorrent, but that’s not what traditional Calvinists teach nor is it what I teach. I still can’t reconcile perseverance of the saints with Hebrews and can’t help but notice that no one has made such an effort in the comments.
I think saved people can fall away and that the Bible plainly teaches that. But I reject the 20th Century Church of Christ notion that we fall away, beg forgiveness, get saved, fall away, beg forgiveness, etc., etc. Most saved people persevere to the end and aren’t lost for a single second between the baptistry and the grave.
Meanwhile, I’m working on this new series on the Lord’s Supper — but it’s not finished yet.