The topic of the eternal security of the believer is an interesting topic indeed. In this short article I examine the teaching of Charles Stanley (Atlanta, GA) and compare it with the simple teaching of Jesus Christ regarding those who are cast into the furnace of fire.

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times SOME shall DEPART from THE FAITH, giving heed to SEDUCING SPIRITS, and DOCTRINES OF DEVILS. (1 Timothy 4:1)

This is a very interesting passage of scripture. The Jewish apostle Paul, the same one who was converted on the road to Damascus, and a former murderer of Christians, wrote those words. Paul knew what it was like to be deceived. Paul was a Jewish Pharisee, and if one were to examine his life they would probably find an extremely moral man. One might even call him “holy”, but in the sight of God he was religious but lost! He did not know the true and living God until he met Him that day on the road to Damascus.

Keep that in mind whenever you read the letters of Paul, because you are hearing from a man who was ever so grateful for the mercy shown to him on that day. His desire was that others would come out of deception and come to know Jesus Christ. In the passage above, which is from the first letter that Paul wrote to Timothy, Paul tells us that the Spirit had spoken, that in the latter times [the latter days] there would be some who would depart from the faith, and give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines [teachings] of devils.

The Greek word for DEPART in that passage is the word APHISTEMI and it is defined as follows: To remove, instigate to revolt, to desist, desert, depart, draw [fall] away, refrain, withdraw self.

Now is this talking about people who truly knew the Lord at one time, or is it talking about those who merely professed to be saved, but in reality they were lost.

The passage above is talking about GENUINE believers in Jesus Christ, who allow themselves to be seduced by false teachers, and their doctrines of DEVILS, and depart from the faith.

1] An UNSAVED man cannot depart from the faith, because they never had faith to begin with.

2] Why on earth would the Holy Spirit [of truth] come forth with a warning about the UNSAVED departing from the faith?

3] How can the UNSAVED be seduced away from a place of faith that they were never at to begin with?

4] Why would the devil come with his doctrines to seduce the UNSAVED, who he already holds captive at his will? [2 Timothy 2:26]

Taking The Warnings Seriously

It is spiritually dangerous to attempt to make the scriptures say something that they are not saying. An example of what can happen, when you try to make the scriptures fit your own preconceived theology, can be found here:

In the book of Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus spoke about the parable of the talents. He is speaking on the subject of the “Kingdom of Heaven”. Jesus shows us the fate of the “unprofitable servant” in the following verse from that passage:


Pastor Charles Stanley

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One more with the false teaching of OSAS - once saved always saved - is Pastor John S Torell.

But there are hundreds if not thousands of pastors/preachers who teach this false doctrine!


Hebreerbrevet 10

26 För om vi fortsätter att synda med vett och vilja efter att ha fått kunskap om sanningen, då finns det inte längre något offer för synderna, 27 utan bara en fruktansvärd väntan på domen och en rasande eld som ska förtära motståndarna. 28 Den som förkastar Mose lag ska utan förbarmande dö om två eller tre vittnar mot honom. 29 Hur mycket strängare straff tror ni då inte den förtjänar som trampar på Guds Son, föraktar det förbundsblod som har helgat honom, och som kränker nådens Ande? 30 Vi känner honom som har sagt: Min är hämnden, jag ska utkräva den , och dessutom: Herren ska döma sitt folk. 31 Det är fruktansvärt att falla i den levande Gudens händer.

Hebrews 10

[26] For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
[27] But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
[28] He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
[29] Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
[30] For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
[31] It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.