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.

Is Jer. 10:1-4 Referring To a Christmas Tree? | Dan Corner

It has been said that Jer. 10:1-4 is about a modern day Christmas tree. Let’s take a look at the passage in question:

Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel. This is what the LORD says: “Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. For the customs of the peoples are worthless; they cut a tree out of the forest, and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel. They adorn it with silver and gold; they fasten it with hammer and nails so it will not totter.” (Jer. 10:1-4)

The way a Christmas tree is decorated has some thinking that passage is referring to such, but it isn’t. The context clears up that misconception:

“Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.” No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish and gold from Uphaz. What the craftsman and goldsmith have made is then dressed in blue and purple—all made by skilled workers. But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath. (Jer 10:5-10)

The subject is man made wooden idols, which are contrasted with the true and living God in those ten verses. It is not referring to a Christmas tree, as much as some would like it to be. This, however, is not an endorsement of a Christmas tree, but merely stating that Jer. 10:1-4 is not a condemnation of a Christmas tree as some wrongly think. Dan Corner denounces the Santa god and singing to the Christmas tree.

Demetrius

There can be no doubt that there have been some very amazing conversions to Christianity. The example of Saul of Tarsus, who persecuted Christians to their death and was radically changed into the mighty Apostle Paul, is the ultimate example. His holy and dedicated Christian example sets him up as the greatest example of Christianity of all time. He was light years different from how darkened grace changers present him as the worst of sinners!

Besides Paul, there are some we can speculate about. Such includes the little known Demetrius, who may have been very noteworthy as well, but it isn’t clear. We first read of the name Demetrius in Acts:

About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen. He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.” When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” (Acts 19:23-34)

That Demetrius was an idolater, as well as a maker of idols who lived in Ephesus. He stirred up other business people with a speech regarding how Paul’s teachings are not beneficial for their business. The pagan goddess, Artemas, was afterwards praised loudly for 2 hours. The city clerk had to quiet down the commotion. At a later time, John wrote:

Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true. (3 John 12)

Who was the Demetrius John reported well of? Could it be that he was the same Demetrius of Acts 19? If so, he too was one of the most shocking conversions to Christianity. Dan Corner thinks it is highly possible. If you agree or disagree with Dan Corner about Demetrius, it is clear that Saul of Tarsus was changed more than the possible change in Demetrius of Acts 19!

Saved, Healed and Receiving Mercy

Did you know the same Greek word translated saved in reference to the soul, is also used for physical healing:

Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” (Luke 7:50)

Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed from that moment. (Mat 9:22)

Another similarity to that is how some people have gotten saved and healed by virtually praying the same way asking for mercy:

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: “God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.” But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 18:10-14)

He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” (Luke 18:38-42)

Even if you once prayed to God asking for mercy and forgiveness, the big question now is, ARE YOU FOLLOWING JESUS AT THIS TIME? This is a SALVATION issue.

[Dan Corner, a former Catholic, has many important Christian teachings you may not be aware of. They range from Eternal Salvation to Near Death Experiences to refuting Catholicism and MUCH more. God bless you.]

Bible Studies

Bible studies are specifically geared for the saints. Through such the righteous can grow spiritually and be warned of various relevant dangers. Bible studies are, therefore, very important but one must be careful that the bible studies he is getting are coming from a real Christian. There are many false teachers and false prophets in our day who also offer Bible studies (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Calvinist, Church of Christ, United Pentecostals, etc.), which can actually damage the recipients. To gain true insight and understanding of the Bible, one must sincerely seek it directly from the Scriptures themselves, especially through meditating and pondering them. It is best to carefully read the Bible for yourself rather than to make the common mistake of just trusting another’s interpretation, even one whom you love and respect.

To find sound Bible studies look no further. Evangelical Outreach directed by Dan Corner has MANY teachings from the Bible.

Martyrdom

To begin to understand the idea of martyrdom, one must understand what a martyr is. A martyr by today’s definition is someone who suffers extensively or is put to death rather than renouncing their religion. The original word martyr meant “witness,” which later was extended to mean witnessing for the Christian faith in particular. In modern society many people are referred to as being “martyrs” for a great many things other than that definition. Martyrdom, according to definition, is the suffering or death of a martyr. A martyr in the Bible usually referred to someone like Stephen or James. Christians who faced persecution, torture, death and other sufferings are referred to as being martyrs for Christianity.

Evangelist Dan Corner further clears up misunderstandings of the word martyrdom and martyrs. To read more from Dan Corner, visit his website at http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/

How Serious Is It To Grieve The Holy Spirit (by Dan Corner)

While teaching about the do’s and do nots under grace, Paul told the Christians do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God (Eph 4:30). The seriousness of that single offense is stated elsewhere and is shown to be very extreme:

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. (Isa 63:9,10)

According to that passage, God becomes the enemy of the ones who grieved his Holy Spirit! If God becomes your enemy, his vengeance and wrath will come upon you, which includes raging fire:

The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD takes vengeance and is filled with wrath. The LORD takes vengeance on his foes and maintains his wrath against his enemies. (Nahum 1:2)

A fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Heb 10:27)

Please know that God can see sin after one’s salvation and you must endure to the end to be saved (Mt. 10:22). [Dan Corner is the author of several books, including, The Believer’s Conditional Security.]

The Prodigal Son

The parable of the prodigal son is a familiar one, but many people have false concepts or misunderstandings about its message.  The story tells of a son who, after demanding his share of the estate from his father, left for a different country and took up an extravagant and wasteful lifestyle.  After spending his fortune, and finding himself hungry, he returns home to apologize to and serve his father, who welcomes him with open arms.

For a verse-by-verse exploration of this parable, and a deeper understanding of the messages it hold, visit here, where Dan Corner discusses the parable, its important messages, and the ultimate lesson that it and many other of Jesus’ parables hold.

What Difference Does It Make?

The devil doesn’t care if you bite into the false gospel which
comes from Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses or
Calvinism! All he is trying to do is destroy you spiritually any
way he can. The paradise promises are held out only for the
overcomers. They alone are the ones who know the one real gospel
and implement it into their lives. To be deceived by a false
teacher or false prophet (who will point you in a different
direction from a submissive and enduring faith in Jesus as being
vital for final salvation) is to be lethally misled. Enduring to
the end for salvation (Matt. 10:22) is just as important as getting
born again and becoming a new creation in Christ. Learn the Bible
truth on this subject especially. Don’t take a chance. The stakes
could not be higher, since it is your own soul and your eternity,
which is on the line.