Eternal Security: Is Baptist Pastor Charles Stanley Right?

by Steve Ray on April 15, 2020

(Once Saved-Always Saved):

Analyzing a Sermon by Baptist Pastor,
Charles Stanley

By Steve Ray

Hello Protestant Friend:

Even though I have watched his show off and on over the months, I had no intention of watching Charles Stanley on television last night. It was just that I was tired after getting home and was getting some iced tea to drink and flipped on the TV and—there he was as big as life. His Bible was dramatically floating up and down with pages flapping as he paced in front of the audience.

I understand – I learned the same speaking style as a Bible teacher. It is something pastors learn in Bible school. Delivery is crucial. His style or manner is similar to Kenneth Copeland’s but not quite as dramatic and certainly without Copeland’s arrogance. He caught my interest tonight because his topic was judgment for the sinner and Eternal Security for the believer………

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Bryan December 21, 2007 at 11:57 AM

Are you trying to meddle with the GOSPEL itself? ; )

You have written an excellent artical exposing the sand on which the “unconditional” eternal security doctrine has been constructed.

See also “Once Saved, Always Saved? Sign Me Up!


Louis Serghe December 30, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Dear friend, my undertanding on salvation is that it is something you can't work for but it is a gift to those who have TRULY repented and accepted JESUS as their LORD and SAVIOUR. Of course, the scriptures state that GOD'S children will be recognised by their love. I would say if there is no fruit in a persons life after receiving CHRIST, you would have to question his salvation. For those who are saved we know that JESUS died for ALL our sins past, present and future and that we were crucified with HIM. We are now a new creation in CHRIST JESUS. The old man is dead. This is the GRACE of GOD – undeserved kindness. My question to you is, at what point do you lose your salvation – after falling away from the Lord for a day, a month, two months…..?

STEVE RAY HERE: Thank for writing and you are most welcome. I see you are from the UK — blessings! Your's is the typical Evangelical Protestant view of salvation, but it is a relatively new  or novel idea. It is certainly not found before the 16th century. I would suggest you check out the more complete and historical Catholic view of salvation.

Rev. Dr. Berrian, Th.D. & Ph.D. Summa Cum Laude January 25, 2018 at 4:25 PM

Dr, Stanley is one of the top preachers of our day and he and Dr. Van Impe are great teachers of the Apostolic faith. They probably do not believe in the gifts of the Spirit, whereas I do though I do not have the gift of tongues.

They build faith on the Word of God the Bible while Catholicism builds their faith on the Church Traditions of the popes and their Magisterium. I view the Gospels and epistles as being just like Jesus is in front of me telling me His truths. I chose to trust in the Lord rather than the machinations of coming out of the papacy.

STEVE RAY HERE: Lots of degrees there my friend! Good for you! However, it is interesting that the Sola Scriptura theology (recently invented Protestant idea) can never work. Everyone interprets it for themselves and you end up with thousands of competing theologies with no arbiter other than yourself.

Second, the early Church had no New Testament. It was not finally collected into a book at the end of the 4th century. Before that there was no final canon of Scripture. And where did you get your Bible as you know it today? From the Councils and Synods of the Catholic Church based on the Apostolic Tradition.

I would suggest you read my books Crossing the Tiber and Upon this Rock to better understand the early Church, the Apostolic Tradition and the formation of your Bible.

By the way, how did Christians function without a final canon of Scripture for the first centuries? They had the tradition as handed down by the apostles, that how.

Stanley is a good man, but he sadly has not yet found the fullness of the faith of the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church.

Takito Nichola Fido May 5, 2020 at 6:01 AM

God bless you Steve Ray from down under in the South Pacific-Samoa. Fa’afetai lava Uso

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