|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, July 01 2013 00:00|
If someone you know or love deeply has professed Christ but now isn't walking with the Lord, you never have enough information to say, "They are not a Christian anymore." You don't know that--no matter how bizarre or painful their behavior. That's drawing a conclusion.
All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.... And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. (John 6:37-39)
Theologians call this concept "the perseverance of the saints." Or sometimes "eternal security." It's the doctrine some of us refer to as "once saved, always saved." The Westminster Confession of Faith explains the details of perseverance like this....
That doesn't mean we're immune from falling into sin. Nor does it mean we'll get a pass on paying a David-like penalty for those sins. The Confession goes on....
For these reasons, we must never, ever give up on anyone. We simply do not know what God will do or when. So do not grow weary and give up. Hang in there. Keep the faith. Trust God. What else can we do? God wants that person to love Him more than we ever will.
iG. I. Williamson, The Westminster Confession of Faith for Study Classes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1964), 126.