A central doctrine of the great reformer, John Calvin, is this: “That God, by His sovereign grace, predestines people into salvation and that Jesus died only for those predestined and that God regenerates the individual to where he is then able to and wants to choose God and that it is impossible for those who are redeemed to lose their salvation.” https://carm.org/calvinism
Is his claim that Christians cannot possibly lose their salvation valid? Is his claim that believers who are Once Saved will Always be Saved (OSAS) correct?
- CONTINUAL LIVING IN SIN
- WILLFUL DENIAL
- FAILURE TO OVERCOME DECEPTION
- PRESUMPTUOUS FAITH
- FAILURE TO PERSEVERE
FAILURE TO PERSEVERE
Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 24:9-13).
“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
If God’s election and sovereignty are all that matters in deciding a person’s fate in eternity—without taking into consideration factors such as free will, accountability and personal responsibility—then it would seem that God is unfair and partial.
Sadly, Calvin’s life also illustrates the fact that great understanding of theology does not necessarily lead to enlightenment or exemplary, righteous living.