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Once Saved, Always Saved?: A Study in Perseverance and Inheritance
~David Pawson , Roger Forster
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Media: Paperback
ISBN/ASIN : 0340610662
Manufacturer : Hodder Headline
Release data : 01 November, 1996

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    1 star1 starNo starNo starNo star    Readable but deficient

    I have to commend David Pawson for making his book accessible and readable, he does not overwhelm readers with theological terminology but speaks simply but still argues his case.

    His exegesis, however, is deficient. Having listened to many of David Pawsons tapes in the past, he demonstrates a morbid tendency to seize any verse he can find to undermine Gods grace and scare people into thinking they can lose their salvation. He also injected this view into any talk on any subject. In the book some eternal security "proof texts" such as John 6:37-40 are not even considered. He confuses salvation with discipleship. He also fails to recognise that the word "if" in the Greek can have different classifications (such as "if, and it is", "if, perhaps it is, perhaps not", "if that was the case but it isn't" etc) and does not make any distinction.

    His chapter "those tantilising texts" attempts to deal with some texts that affirm eternal security, yet it is only three pages and only a very few considered. He says that 1 Peter has nothing to say on the matter when in fact it clearly says that "we are guarded by the power of God through faith". He wrongly teaches that Judas lost his salvation, when it was evident he was never saved to begin with and only trusted Jesus as a political conqueror.

    Chris
    http://lightoftheworld.250free.com



    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Competent defence of an Arminian view of salvation

    David Pawson is always readable, and always has perceptive insights into the biblical text that are well worth hearing and examing. In this case, Pawson has presented a well-grounded defence of a basically Arminian theology of salvation, which stresses the need for perseverance in the faith in order to attain to final salvation. He takes the reader systematically through the New Testament to see what each of the writers has to say on the subject. His exegesis is frequently disarmingly honest as to the thrust of each text, and he certainly pulls no punches in spelling out the life-or-death issues at stake when it comes to Christians flirting with sinful lifestyles and trying to keep the faith without producing the fruit.

    On the other hand, he steers away, as one might expect, from some of the texts that might harm his case. He does address, in a separate chapter, some of the texts raised by eternal securists, but his treatment of them is rather superficial and dismissive at times. The most compelling biblical evidence in favour of eternal security, such as a number of instances in the Johannine writings, are not even addressed. His appendix on the fate of Judas, and the implications of the Bible narrative for our understanding of election and predestination, is rather unconvincing. Pawson also needs to take more care to spell out the implications of what he is saying to the doctrine of justification by faith, as he is open at some points to the charge of semi-Pelagianism.

    Despite this weakness, his overall arguments are convincing and need to be taken seriously. On a theological level, Pawson's comments will help to contribute to a more rounded understanding of what the Bible has to say on the issue of salvation and security. On a practical level, believers need to hear the severe warnings offered by the Scriptures to those who are in danger of falling back into sin and rejecting their faith in Christ.



    1 star1 star1 star1 starNo star    Competent defence of an Arminian view of salvation

    David Pawson is always readable, and always has perceptive insights into the biblical text that are well worth hearing and examing. In this case, Pawson has presented a well-grounded defence of a basically Arminian theology of salvation, which stresses the need for perseverance in the faith in order to attain to final salvation. He takes the reader systematically through the New Testament to see what each of the writers has to say on the subject. His exegesis is frequently disarmingly honest as to the thrust of each text, and he certainly pulls no punches in spelling out the life-or-death issues at stake when it comes to Christians flirting with sinful lifestyles and trying to keep the faith without producing the fruit.

    On the other hand, he steers away, as one might expect, from some of the texts that might harm his case. He does address, in a separate chapter, some of the texts raised by eternal securists, but his treatment of them is rather superficial and dismissive at times. The most compelling biblical evidence in favour of eternal security, such as a number of instances in the Johannine writings, are not even addressed. His appendix on the fate of Judas, and the implications of the Bible narrative for our understanding of election and predestination, is rather unconvincing. Pawson also needs to take more care to spell out the implications of what he is saying to the doctrine of justification by faith, as he is open at some points to the charge of semi-Pelagianism.

    Despite this weakness, his overall arguments are convincing and need to be taken seriously. On a theological level, Pawson's comments will help to contribute to a more rounded understanding of what the Bible has to say on the issue of salvation and security. On a practical level, believers need to hear the severe warnings offered by the Scriptures to those who are in danger of falling back into sin and rejecting their faith in Christ.


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