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Eternal Security or Faithful Faith?

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Bobby Harrington

Bobby is the point-leader of and, both collaborative, disciple-making organizations. He is the founding and lead pastor of Harpeth Christian Church (by the Harpeth River, just outside of Nashville, TN). He has an M.A.R. and an M.Div. from Harding School of Theology and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of more than 10 books on discipleship, including Discipleshift (with Jim Putman and Robert Coleman), The Disciple Maker’s Handbook (with Josh Patrick) and Becoming a Disciple Maker: The Pursuit of Level 5 Disciple Making (with Greg Weins). He lives in the greater Nashville area with his wife and near his children and grandchildren.
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Central to the teachings of Jesus is that God forgives our sins. In conversion, among the greatest joys is the realization that through the gospel, all of our sins are forgiven. It is a time of great happiness.

Yet what happens when a person no longer possesses a repentant faith—when they live in deliberately sinful lifestyles or they turn their back on Jesus and the gospel? What kind of security before God do these people possess?

Some say that they are eternally secure: once God saves a person because of his or her faith in the gospel, that person can never lose it. Others say that a Christian is eternally secure if they hold on to Jesus by a faithful faith to the end of their lives (even though they will experience regular stumbles where they sin).

We want to explore this question: Which position is taught by the Word of God?