The Real Versus the Un-real | Real Security

Roman Catholic Claim

Rome begins with a "characterization" of Christianity. Rome thinks that evangelicals teach "security" regardless of lifestyle. This summary statement below was sent to us by a Roman Catholic who borrowed it from a Roman Catholic apologetic web site. Here is the exact citation. Notice that this Roman Catholic wishes to throw down a belief that he considers to be popular among evangelicals. Here we see that Rome distorts Christianity and then demolishes a "christianity" of her own making.

"Some people promote an especially attractive idea: All true Christians, regardless of how they live, have an absolute assurance of salvation, once they accept Jesus into their hearts as "their personal Lord and Savior." The problem is that this belief is contrary to the Bible and constant Christian teaching." (emphasis ours)
Christian Response

Immediately we must burn up this "straw man" that Rome has fashioned in this opening salvo against the security of God's elect. True Christians would never make the claim that heaven is theirs "regardless of how they live." So, Rome begins by objecting to a position that no true Christian regards as biblical. Christians by the very nature of regeneration are repulsed by the notion that they can sin freely because they are secure in Christ. Christians are well aware of the apostle Paul's warning:
ROM 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?

ROM 6:2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
And again:
GAL 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
By arguing against something not even believed by Christians, the Roman Catholic apologist presents a poor characterization of Christianity. Rome misses the point that all true Christians have a high regard for the work of the Holy Spirit being accomplished within a Christian as well as the promises of God in Christ Jesus. These promises include giving to Christians the mind of Christ, a growing loathing of personal sin and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit.

In reality, the critical difference between Christianity and Roman Catholicism is that Roman Catholicism insists that true believers can be ultimately lost. As proof they point out hypocrites who assert they are Christians but in reality live for the devil. The true Christian would see this same hypocrisy and say that hypocrites are not true believers in the first place.

Because Rome views salvation to be dependent upon man, Rome is able to threaten the very elect of God with a loss of salvation should they stumble and sin. Such is the theology of all man-made schemes of salvation. If man gets himself into heaven by his righteousness then man can surely get himself out of heaven and into hell by his own sinning. In Rome, salvation is "of the man."

In contrast, Christians believe that they are put in Christ by God and are protected by the power of God for a sure and certain eternal salvation bought with the eternal blood of Christ. If God puts a man in Christ then God will keep him there.

Print This Page