Strawman Fallacy Against Conditional Security

A primary false accusation or distortion against those who reject eternal security seems to be that a person who embraces a conditional security is believing in a works salvation or cannot have salvation assurance. Both charges are absolutely untrue and unfair. The straw man fallacy applies here:

The straw man fallacy occurs when a person distorts an opposing position in some way, then attacks and demolishes this distorted position. By demolishing the distorted position, he or she claims to have demolished the entire position. (Henry Virkler, A Christian’s Guide to Critical Thinking, p. 227)

Regarding good deeds, it is not that good deeds will save, but sin can bring forth spiritual death (Jam 1:14, 15 cf. Lk 15:24,32). After initial salvation, we must persist in doing good to get eternal life (Rom 2:7).

The Bible teaches a present tense believer in Jesus has a present-tense assurance of salvation (1 Jn 5:12, 13). On the other hand, even if there was not any salvation assurance for the present tense believer, this still would not refute the believer’s conditional security. Only Scripture can do that, but instead of refuting such, it affirms it.

Copyright, Dan Corner.

Defining Salvation

Salvation is repenting of sinful acts and placing all 100% of your¬†faith in Jesus alone. You must prove your repentance by your deeds. Stop doing wicked things. Obey the Holy Bible.¬†Jesus taught the road to life is hard. Not many find eternal life according to the Bible. Many people who got saved fell away. In other words, after finding salvation, you must endure to the end to get into God’s kingdom and escape the fiery lake of burning sulfur. Eternal life comes to those who repent the second they believe on Jesus. There are many false teachings in our day such as once saved always saved. True biblical grace teaches that eternal life is a hope that is also yet to be reaped in the age to come and only for those who persist in doing good and don’t grow weary or give up. Does that describe you?