This doesnâ€™t sound like Alistair This is a good message, but it doesnâ€™t sound like Alistair Begg! There are several here that donâ€™t seem to be him. I could be wrong, they are good, but you you should correctly attribute a number of these sermons.
sophie wrote: There is a lot of pain when one is a Christian and has to live the lies (things unsaid and denied) of the other person.
Whilst I can read your pain in your post - is this not the case of all Christians married to non-Christians. I too am married to a non-believer, in my case it is my wife, after thirty seven years I can asure you it is a difficult and painful existence. But are we also not called to live as strangers in this world? Strangers who do not belong, nor even think like our neighbour does?
1Cor 7:13 And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. :14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy.
Also....... Matt 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
Whilst these may not exactly console you always in your circumstance, they do show that we Christians are all in the same boat, (called persecution) in this world.
Back to Basics wrote: Zach, don't you think then "Perseverance of the Savior" which is what we believe would be better terminology. It's not in our hands but His.
Back; With a little help from friends...
"Perseverance may be defined as that continuous operation of the Holy Spirit in the believer, by which the work of divine grace that is begun in the heart is continued and brought to competition. It is because God never forsakes His work that believers continue to stand to the very end." (Louis Berkhof)
"The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all those who profess the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is saints - those who are set apart by the Spirit - who persevere to the end. It is believers - those who are given true, living faith in Christ - who are secure and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptations, and they do commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ. The Westminster Confession of Faith gives the following statement on this doctrine:" (David Steele & Curtis C Thomas)
Back to Basics wrote: All: One of the points I have been most challenged on is my perception of your definitin of perseverance. It has been implied from one of your own that it deals with backsliding. Others have told me I have the wrong def. As I said earlier, it is only fair for you to give your own definition. Is it eternal security or inability to backslide? Or some other thing.
In TULIP, The Doctrines of Grace the P is for Perseverence. The Arminian/free will hypothesis will immediately jump onto this being a human ability. The reason for this is their predilection with salvation by human contribution, otherwise their god can't save anyone.
The True Christian however, knows that we can fully trust in God to bring us unto salvation and not rely on the sinners weak and impoverished effort to convince God. The promises in Scripture teach this truth. Where God has begun a good work HE doesn't give up. (Which will be a surprise to some of our contributors apparently).
Thus Perseverence is about God, by the Holy Spirit, fullfilling a promise, begun at the foundation of creation where God predestined some to eternal life in heaven.
Calvinists stand on the Word of God eg: Rom 8:28-39 proves that God WILL save the born again.