I wholeheartedly believe in eternal security. The Bible is clear that God will never leave us once He comes into our lives. This doctrine, however, creates a controversy because some people call themselves Christians but openly live in sin and lead others to do the same. The nations of Israel and Judah had that same issue. They believed that since they were God's chosen people, He would never allow them to suffer the consequences of their sin or allow them to be taken out of the Promised Land and the temple to be destroyed. They openly said that He would never allow to happen even as they lived in wickedness and filth. They based that on the covenant He made with Abraham, Moses, and David. Just as we base our belief in eternal security upon the Scriptures, the Jews believed that the Torah granted them protection. God's response to this "stinking thinking" is to reveal His plan for their destruction. He will not hold back His wrath upon these people who call themselves His people but never live like it. Their own decisions have destroyed their future heritage; God is just doing what they have brought upon themselves due to their self-centered decisions. Paul says the same thing in Romans when he asks the question, "shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?" He responds with the strongest Greek negative available and reminds them that sin only leads to darkness and death. He asks, "how can we who died to sin still live in it?" Once again, this is the great rub concerning eternal security. It is not a question of once saved always saved, but did a person living openly in sin and leading others to do the same ever truly get saved? In reality, it is not our judgment to make, but God knows clearly those who are His. He knew it in Jeremiah's day, and He does today, as well.

Help me, Lord, to know You as Savior and Lord. Help me to live in such a way that people see Jesus alive and well in me and to turn away from the stinking thinking that is destroying the modern church today.