Is Hebrews 6:1-8 contrary to the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints? After studying some keywords from this text, the article argues that the passage meets the people of God at their greatest need by wooing them to draw not away from, but deeper into the gospel for greater assurance of salvation and confidence in their salvation.
This book and essay are about assurance of salvation and perseverance in the faith. This assurance of God’s gracious fatherly love to us in Christ is vital to Christian life and witness. Many Christians lack this assurance. Chapter 1 reflects on the one sure foundation of Christians’ assurance—Jesus Christ—and the purpose of salvation.
The article handles the important issue of being able to identify false teachings and false religions that lure people from salvation in Christ. Knowledge of Scripture is one good tool and defence weapon against these false teachings. The other is the testimony of the assurance of salvation in the redemptive work of Christ.
True assurance of salvation is rooted in the work of Christ, the experience of salvation, and the testimony of the Holy Spirit.
Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542–1621), Pope Clement VIII’s personal theologian and one of the most able figures in the Counter-Reformation movement within sixteenth-century Roman Catholicism, once wrote: “The greatest of all Protestant heresies is _______ .” What do you think he said? This article is about assurance of faith (assurance of salvation).