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?

Once Saved Always Saved Contradictions

A contradiction is one of the surest ways to know error exists. In other words, it is absolutely impossible for two conflicting messages to both be right. Either one of the messages is wrong or they are both wrong; but they cannot both be right!

Anyone who has read much on the subject of Once Saved Always Saved has certainly read contradictory interpretations of key verses. This must imply error! Somebody is apparently wrong, and therefore, misleading their following. If this wasn’t related to God’s eternal truth, it wouldn’t be as serious as it is. Unfortunately, it does and, therefore, it must be addressed.

Evangelist Dan Corner boldly addresses the obvious contradictions of the once saved always saved teachers in his 801 page volume refuting eternal security entitled, “The Believer’s Conditional Security” which can be purchased at a 15% discount for a limited time at his website http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org

Eternal Security Teachers Claim The Sexually Immoral Are Saved

Excerpted from The Believer’s Conditional Security by Dan Corner, available at http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org (Copyright 2000 Daniel D. Corner)

The following Eternal Security Teachers think that Paul believed one could be sexually immoral and saved at the same time, according to 1 Corinthians 5:

The man who had “his father’s wife”—a terrible sin—didn’t lose his salvation thereby…. (Dave Hunt, The Berean Call, July 1996, p. 3)

In spite of the sin of fornication, Paul still regarded the person as a saved man. (Robert Glen Gromacki, Salvation is Forever, p. 138)

Some have regarded 1 Corinthians 5:5 as the strongest verse in the Bible for once saved, always saved and I would not disagree. (R. T. Kendall, Once Saved, Always Saved (Chicago: Moody Press, 1985), p. 156

In spite of what Dave Hunt, Gromacki and Kendall say, the unnamed man in 1 Corinthians 5, who was sexually immoral, was never identified as a true Christian while sexually immoral! Instead, Paul identified this man by the term wicked in verse 13, which is the same word in the Greek (poneros) found in Mt. 13:49,50 describing those who will be cast into the fiery furnace:

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (NIV).

Note: Paul knew the man was wicked based on his sexual immorality, regardless of any past moment of faith. He goes on to say of the same person in 1 Cor. 5:5 (NKJV):

Deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Again, Paul knew that this sexually immoral man wasn’t saved, for the Corinthian congregation was told to hand him over to Satan so his sinful nature (flesh, NKJV) would be destroyed, that his spirit may be saved. If may be saved in 1 Cor. 5:5 means saved at that moment then it must mean the same in 1 Cor. 10:33 where it is also found, but that would be ludicrous:

For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

Also, the same Greek word translated flesh (sarx) in 1 Cor. 5:5 is also found in Gal. 5:19 and includes fornication (porneia), the very sin the unnamed man of 1 Corinthians 5 was guilty of (v. 1). In light of Gal. 5:19-21, with especially the warning of verse 21 in mind, Paul wanted his flesh, or sinful nature (sarx) destroyed, not his body (soma), so that he could inherit the kingdom of God and not be lost.

Beyond all of this, in the very next chapter, Paul specifically mentioned the sexually immoral, states they are wicked and then says, don’t be deceived, they will not inherit the kingdom of God:

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 6:9-10)

In spite of this clear teaching from Paul, who knew more about grace than anyone in our day, many remain deceived about the sexually immoral. True grace teaching does not allow the sexually immoral into the kingdom of God. Only the counterfeit grace message, which is a license for immorality, tries to do this!

Eternal Salvation Is Not Eternal Security | Dan Corner

Can a person who loses his eternal salvation ever get saved again? Some erroneously think that eternal salvation means eternal security but the two terms are NOT the same. Eternal salvation is only for those who OBEY JESUS (Heb 5:9) whereas eternal security teaches one is saved forever regardless of what he does or fails to do. Once saved always saved is a popular myth having nothing to do with Biblical facts. Many are in hell now because of this snare to the soul. The real plan of salvation is repentance towards God and faith in Christ Jesus. Christians must endure to the end to be saved (Mt 10:22; Heb 3:14; Rev 2:10,11, etc.)


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Dan Corner has decades of experience in teaching the Bible and has written the most exhaustive refutation to once saved always saved that was ever written entitled, “The Believer’s Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted.” Get your own copy from his website at http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org