[Bible Answer] Greetings in Jesus’ name. Thank you for writing in an effort to help me, but there are some things which you have overlooked by accepting Calvinistic election and eternal security. To believe you are elect is to believe God overlooked most people, without them HAVING ANY CHANCE to accept salvation, to pick you. That tends to generate pride, which God opposes. Your new belief says multitudes of non-elect people will, therefore, burn forever in the lake of fire without ever having a chance to be saved! That view of God is not only unscriptural, it is a serious attack on his just and loving character. The Bible teaches God wants all people to be saved (2 Pet. 3:9; 1 Tim. 2:4; Acts 17:30; etc.) and Jesus draws all to himself (Jn. 12:32). Man’s free will to reject God’s terms of salvation is the reason people go to hell. It is not because they were created non elect and given the “horrible decree.”
I am absolutely positive that eternal security is as counterfeit as a $17 bill and as mythical as the Easter bunny. With that truth solidly based on Scripture and locked away in my heart, I have GREAT JOY AND PEACE. I know I have salvation now, but I also know it is my responsibility, under grace, to hold on to what I have (Rev. 3:11) and continue to sow to please the Spirit without giving up to reap eternal life (Gal. 6:8,9). To live a godly life will attract persecution (2 Tim. 3:12), but Christians must endure such hatred to the end to be saved (Mt. 10:22 cf. Heb. 3:14). Some won’t continue, even though it is God’s will. Some will fall away (Lk. 8:13), others will be carried away by strange teachings, while yet some others will be spewed out of the body of Christ for lukewarmness (Rev. 3:16) or cut off from Christ over fruitlessness (Jn. 15:1-6). See Possible Spiritual Tragedies Between Initial and Final Salvation.
We are saved by grace (Eph. 2:8,9) but we can fall from grace (Gal. 5:2-4). We are justified by faith (Rom. 5:1) but our faith can become shipwrecked (1 Tim. 1:19,20) and cease to exist (Lk. 8:13; Rom. 11:19-23). We are not under the law (Rom. 6:14, 15) but if you live according to the sinful nature you will die (Rom. 8:13). Paul taught against legalism (Gal. 5:3,4) but he also taught that no immoral, impure or greedy person has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God (Eph. 5:5-7). We are not saved by works (Eph. 2:8,9) but to reap eternal life and not destruction you must sow to please the Spirit and not the sinful nature (Gal. 6:8,9). God is faithful to us (1 Jn. 1:9; 1 Cor. 10:13) but we must be faithful to him to the very end of our lives to escape the lake of fire or second death (Rev. 2:10,11). God surely loves us (Jn. 3:16; Mk. 10:21; Rom. 8:35-39) but those who inherit the kingdom of God love God (Jam 2:5; 1 Cor. 2:9) and to love God means to obey his commands (Jn. 14:15; 1 Jn. 5:3). We have freedom in Christ (Gal. 5:1) but this freedom is not to indulge the sinful nature (Gal. 5:13; 1 Pet 2:16). These Christian beliefs are all Bible-based and evangelical.
If you once read, “The Believer’s Conditional Security,” please reread it again and verify the hundreds of Scriptures in it with your own Bible. Your soul is in the greatest danger since you now deny part of the gospel (1 Cor. 15:2) and are putting forth ZERO EFFORT to enter through the narrow door, when Jesus said to put forth EVERY EFFORT (Lk. 13:23,24). Please reconsider these salvation related issues. Try the Bible Questions quiz.
Following & Trusting in Jesus 100% For My Salvation,
PS: Nowhere does the Bible teach inner peace is the test of sound doctrine, which was lacking in you when you rejected eternal security.