According to the once saved – aways saved / eternal security doctrine, isn’ t this a license to sin?
The question is, “Who is saved?”
Luke 13:3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
No repentance, no salvation.
Matthew 7:21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
What’s the Father’s will according to Christian doctrine? Two are:
- The Greatest Commandment, Matthew 22:37 “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.
- John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
It’s similar to personal relationships. People who intentionally hurt you and don’t care don’t love you. The point of Christianity is to love God. No love – no repentance – no obedience – no salvation.
Listening to a talk show the other day, a caller made this remark about the above bumper sticker: “I don’t see why some Christians only love Jesus and not the Father and Mother too.”
- Loving Jesus is loving the Father.
John 14:9-11 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father ; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
2. Scripture does not speak of “the Mother.” I guess they were speaking of Mary the mother of Jesus. But she is not God, not part of the Trinity, and there is no biblical reason to make Mary into something she is not.