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Calvinists indeed believe they can only make educated guesses about others; if someone you thought was saved falls away, the conclusion is they were never actually saved. But Calvinism teaches that "infallible assurance of faith" is available to believers about themselves. The Grounds of Assurance The Westminster Confession of Faith says in chapter 18: ...


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No, the doctrine of assurance is contrary to Catholic teaching. In fact, it was specifically rejected by the Council of Trent: If any one saith, that he will for certain, of an absolute and infallible certainty, have that great gift of perseverance unto the end,-unless he have learned this by special revelation; let him be anathema. (Sixth session, Canon ...


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There are two primary ways that sola fide theologians deal with this issue, and there is ongoing debate between them over it (cf. Lordship salvation controversy). I'll first address the historical view (sometimes called "Lordship salvation") and the more recent view, called "free grace theology." Lordship salvation The name commonly ...


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A measure of salvation? No. Salvation is full and free through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. When the Lord Jesus cried out "Finished!" in a loud voice while on the cross at Golgotha, the work necessary to provide salvation to anyone who believes was fully accomplished. Since then, believers can no more add to their salvation than they ...


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Just because a person is a long time church member does not mean they belong to Christ Jesus or that they have put their faith and trust in Him. There are many people who say they are Christians but who have never experienced the new birth. Forgetting about Calvin for one moment, born-again Christians look to Christ Jesus and believe in this promise in ...


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“Salvation” and “saved” are used in the scriptures in multiple contexts with several different meanings. In one context, all of God's children will receive Salvation from Physical Death. Whether they are LDS, of some other Christ-professing faith, or any other faith - including atheists. Every person born to earth has kept their first estate, will be ...


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There are several perceived difficulties with this passage. Equating entering the kingdom with salvation. Equating saying "Lord, Lord" with salvation. Equating casting out devils as proof of salvation. Let's address each one. Paul wrote to the church saying that the immoral shall not inherit the kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21. So it is possible that ...


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While it is impossible to account for all OSAS interpretations of of the passage, the most obvious answer is that the unwise virgins were not saved. Remember that certain (purported) proponents of OSAS allow that someone can be (self) deceived about their status as one of the elect. Consider what Calvin wrote: Experience shows that the reprobate are ...


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In 1 Corinthians 4, St. Paul writes: But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself. I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to ...


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Below is a summary from an article I found on the subject of 'Once saved, always saved' which is as close as I could find to the terms above in regard to the early fathers. The whole article quotes from : Justin Martyr 100-165 Shepherd of Hermas 155-180 Irenaeus 120-200 Tertullian 150-220 Origen 185-254 Cyprian 200-258 Augustine 354-430 Based on the quotes ...


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Answer in brief Do Catholics also have Assurance of Salvation? No, Catholics have no certainty of their personal salvation, but they do have 1) an assurance that God intends to save humanity through his church, and 2) a hope that they may be among the saved. At what point in their life can they say that they are saved and will go to Heaven? When they ...


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While Paul Chernoch's excellent answer addresses the general case, in the specific example you cite there is no significant difference in the message. You write " should not or shall not ... which would indicate that it could happen but not guaranteed." But the conditional is only one possible meaning of "should". Although should can be ...


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Between God's speaking and our hearing, many steps intervene: The prophet hears from God, either face-to-face (Moses), or through dreams, or visions The prophet speaks The scribe records Other scribes copy A translator reads and renders the Word in a new language in which the words and idioms do not correspond exactly to their original intent That language ...


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John Piper comments on the passage here: https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/do-not-harden-your-heart-in-the-day-of-trouble He contends that the "if" clause means something other than what you might think at first. Instead of holding your assurance (persevering in faith) until the end to become a partaker in Christ, you prove that you already are a ...


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Your many questions touch on an area of Christian thought over which sincere and well-informed Christians have long debated: the assurance of salvation. Some denominations believe that such assurance is commonly available to believers, some that it is granted specially by God to select believers, and the rest that no person can have complete assurance since ...


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The word "salvation" was inserted by the author of that other post into the ML quote and doesn't seem appropriate, as holiness and salvation are two different things. I do not believe Luther was referring to discerning whether one is saved based on other people's sins, but rather he was saying 'Don't think you're a good person just because other ...


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The Bible speaks of the scriptures being twisted. This is Peter speaking about Paul's letters. Many of which are in the Bible. 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 2 ...


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Father John O'Brien wrote in The Faith of Millions ... those who are convinced of the truth of the Catholic Church, but who for some selfish reason fail to profess their faith in her. It is only these ... who remain out of the Church, in bad faith, until death, that the Church teaches that the words of Christ apply: "He that believeth not, shall be ...


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Matthew 25:1-13 is not about the Christian belief in once-saved always saved. The Lord says to the foolish virgins upon their return for admittance ‘I know you not’. The verb (to know) is in the perfect tense, which means the action (not knowing) was completed in the past and still is. The fools were never known, never saved in the first place to somehow ...


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Reformed theologians approach this verse in two ways: Paul is striving for a prize other than salvation Paul is proving, through his actions, that he is truly saved Striving for a prize John Gill and Charles Spurgeon are among those who argue that Paul here does not have his own salvation in mind. Instead, they see him to be striving for a prize above and ...


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Five-pointer Calvinists know that they are saved.1 John 5:13 says we may know that we have eternal life because of the assurance that we have in the written word. 1 John 5:13(ESV) 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life. Furthermore, Calvinists believe that it is faith ...


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The Protestant overview of salvation as described in Acts 16:29-34 is that this particular incident does not promote belief in universal “household salvation” simply because the head of the house has come to saving faith in Christ Jesus. In Acts 16 the Philippian jailer asks Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas answer, “...


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Very simply put, your assumption here is wrong: ... founded by Jesus Christ, and outside of which there is no salvation. Similarly numerous Protestant groups claim that if you don't adhere to their interpretations of scripture, you're most certainly hellbound. Salvation is in Jesus Christ, not the church. As a result of sin, everything on this earth ...


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There is a distinction to be recognized between 'Eternal Security', which rests it's hope in what God has promised to do for us in Christ, and 'Assurance of Salvation', which is personally realized as the life mirrors the confession. The writings of the Early Church Fathers were not theological dissections of terms and doctrines but, rather, they were ...


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When Jesus says that he will declare to certain people "Depart from me, I never knew you" this is lack of intimate relational knowledge and not informational knowledge. These people were not in a personal relationship with the Son of God as both Lord and Savior. Notice how they appeal to Jesus for entrance into the Kingdom on the basis of what ...


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How is one saved? To answer this question, we need to understand that salvation is a journey culminating in either heaven or hell. You stated clearly in your comment that there is only one way to be saved, and you are right, as Jesus himself said: "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6, ...


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The usual go to verse for what is the essential doctrine that a person must believe is something like John 3:16, 1 John 5:1, or Rom 10:9: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth ...


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The answer to the title question, "Is it possible for a person who has faith in Jesus to only receive “a measure of salvation” as opposed to “full salvation”?" is no, at face value. Salvation, at it's very heart, is an event: We enter the Ark of God's salvation and are sealed within by the grace of God: For Christ also hath once suffered for ...


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Here is what Jesus said regarding fellowship: Luke 15:11-32 King James Version (KJV) 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of >goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took ...


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