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Do those who believe in the doctrine of “eternal security” have a greater or lesser tendency to commit sin? I am hoping to have a stab at answering this question here. This is a deep question and one that I feel has a better chance of being answered from both sides on a forum rather than in chat text or on microphone. Part of the reason is that this topic can become complex and it is easy to forget the details of the argument that has been put forward by the previous speaker. At least on a forum one can re-read and re-acquaint oneself with the case put forward by the previous writer.
The case often put forward is that eternal security provides a cloak for those who wish to sin with impunity under the covering of grace. At the heart of this, I think, is the belief that fear, rather than God’s grace, is a better deterrent of sin. The assertion here is that you will fear God more if you are capable of sinning away your salvation and be more careful about your walk. The question is then as to whether this fear produces true repentance. What do the scriptures say?
Romans 2:4 NASB Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?
or in the KJV
Romans 2:4 KJV Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Here it implies that its God’s mercy and kindness that leads people to repentance. This seems at odds with it being driven by fear.
Another verse is:
Luke 7:47 NASB “For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little.”
Here it says that those who know they are the bigger sinners, who know they are forgiven, will love God much. Love and fear are not the same thing.
How does this pertain to “eternal security”? Well, if one believes that God will forgive all their sins, even wilful sins, then they are more secure than those who believe that God only forgives accidental sins. If they know and understand that the price has been paid for their sins then they no longer need to be “on tenterhooks” wondering if at this moment they are acceptable to God. We know that from Psalm 37 that fretting leads only to evil doing.
Psalms 37:8 NASB Cease from anger and forsake wrath; Do not fret; it leads only to evildoing.
If they can be allowed to not fret about this will they do less evildoing? I believe so. Hence this is my reasoning why I consder that the doctrine of “eternal security” is less prone to sin rather than the assumed increase in sin.