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by Ronald R. Shea, Th.M., J.D
Topics Touching the Message of Salvation
— Eternal Security —
Curriculum Outline and Study Guide | Resurrection | Assurance | Baptism | The Bema | Calvinism | The Gospel Message & Content of Saving Faith | The Creator | Dispensationalism | Eternal Security | Evangelism & Discipleship | Expiation, Propitiation and Redemption | Faith | Fruit . .. Don't you need it? | Grace | Hebrews 10 | Hebrews 6:1-15 | Heirship and Rewards | James 2:14-26 | Jesus is God | 1st John | John MacArthur | Justification | Bilateral Contract Salvation or "Lordship Salvation" | The Market Driven Church | Perseverance of the Saints | Predestination and Free Will | Public Confession of Christ | Regeneration | Repentance | Roman Catholicism | Salvation | Sanctification | The Sheep and Goats Judgment | Silly Gospel Substitutes | "Sovereign" (Irresistible) Grace | Stewardship of the Gospel Message | The Modern "Testimony" | The Ten Commandments: Their Relationship to the Believer | Theology and Doctrine | Total Depravity and `The Bondage of the Will` | Worship Music | Appendix I: Church History from a Free Grace perspective
Chapter 1: Introduction to Eternal Security
Arminianism and Calvinism
By Grace Through Faith Alone in Christ Alone
Christ's Atoning Death for Our Justification
Regeneration and Eternal Life
Indwelling and Sealing of the Spirit
Explicit Promises of Scripture
Theological Significance, Part I
Theological Significance, Part II
Denial of Eternal Security: It's Always About Sex
Tom's Page
The "Problem Verses"



Eternal Security




Ronald R. Shea, Th.M., J.D.








The Bible teaches both Assurance, and Eternal Security.  Although these two doctrines both similar and related, they are conceptually distinct.


Eternal Security teaches that the believer, one having entered into a relationship with God, cannot possibly sever that relationship.  Those who deny Eternal Security typically teach that man's works are necessary to "stay saved."


In contrast, the doctrine of Assurance states that the believer can know with absolute certainty that he is saved.  (1st John 5:13)


Those who deny the doctrine of assurance contend that a person who believes on Jesus Christ as their God and Savior must wait to see




if they have sufficient works of righteousness to warrant the confidence that they are truly saved.  When Assurance is based on faith in Christ, it does not require works.  When assurance requires works, Salvation is reduced to a system of human righteousness.


To better understand the distinctions, it is instructive to review two common theological systems that teach salvation by the works of fallen man.

One teaches eternal security, but requires human works for assurance.  The other teaches assurance, but requires man's works to be eternally secure. 


Chapter 1: Introduction to Eternal Security


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