The following is a small excerpt from an article by J.L. Stauffer entitled “The Eternal Security Teaching.” He makes an enlightening connection between war and the unbiblical doctrine known as eternal security.
“Many of the eternal security teachers gave beautiful expositions of the Bible doctrine of non-resistance before the great European war broke out. After the United States declared war, many of them allowed themselves to be governed by the cry of the multitude and sought by the Word of God to justify the awful carnage. One wrote a pamphlet of about one hundred pages entitled, ‘SHOULD A CHRISTIAN FIGHT?’ In this booklet he characterized war as ‘butchery,’ ‘dirty,’ ‘hell,’ ‘denial of Jesus,’ ‘drunk with blood,’ ‘assisting the prince of hell,’ ‘murder,’ ‘idolatry,’ ‘modern Moloch,’ and many other names that were quite fitting to describe the awful carnage. After a loyal Biblical discussion all the way through the book, with one small paragraph, he revealed his eternal security bias and discounted all he said in these words:
‘This truth (the unscripturalness of war) is the logical, practical, and inevitable application of what you have espoused so long and with such remarkable and God-given success. We therefore implore you with tears, now that the test has come, not to deny the faith through cowardice as Peter denied his Lord. This truth though not vital to salvation, is like many others, vital to future rewards.’According to this teacher, war is murder, and ‘ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him;’ yet, according to his teaching, believers can murder their fellow men and go to heaven and lose nothing but some of their reward. Reader, beware of a teaching that holds it possible for a believer to live after the flesh, follow the dictates of a hostile world, deny his Lord, and still be sure of Heaven. The Gospel of Jesus Christ delivers us from the guilt of sin, the intercessory work of Christ gives us power over sin if we appropriate it, and His second coming will deliver us from the presence of sin. There is no security in sin for either saint or sinner.”
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