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Perseverance (or Preservation) of the Saints

Those whom God the Father elected, for whom God the Son died, and whom the Holy Spirit irresistibly regenerated, all those shall be kept and preserved by God in a state of grace. All such shall be saved eternally. The Westminster Confession of Faith states it in this manner, "They whom God hath accepted in His Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by His Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace: but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved."

The chart below contrasts the main beliefs of Calvinism and Arminianism regarding the perseverance of the saints.

THE SAINTS' CONDITION (on earth)

Arminianism

Calvinism

1. Those who enter grace by choosing to believe can also fallout of grace again through unbelief.

1. Those regenerated to spiritual life are graciously preserved by the almighty power of God so that they can never fallout of their state of grace.

2. God's children cannot be assured of entering heaven in this life, for they may fall away again before they die.

2. God's children may be assured of their eternal salvation through the one-sided,gracious, and complete work of a triune God for them.

The following scriptural references are examples which verify the truth of the two Calvinistic statements in the preceding chart.

1. Those regenerated to spiritual life are graciously preserved by the almighty power of God (not "that they can again fallout of their state of grace").

Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

-Matthew 18:14

All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him

that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which He hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

-John 6:37,39

What rich, eternal comfort is found in Calvinism, but not Arminianism?


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