Christians Who Bear No Fruit

Fruitless Christians are in the greatest danger in the universe. Unless they repent and bear fruit, they will be severed from Christ and will be thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, according to Jesus! What a shock it must be to some to hear statements like this, but Jesus taught this truth more than once.

He [God] cuts off every branch in me [Jesus] that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  (John 15:2)

The Father wants fruit. What happens to people who do not remain in Christ (namely the branches that get cut off because they bear no fruit)? John 15:6 tells us.

If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

Jesus taught in John 15:1-10 that there are two types of Christians — those who do remain in him and bring forth fruit and those who do not remain (the fruitless) and end up in the fire.

[Copyright Dan Corner.]

Teaching Conditional Security (Not Once Saved Always Saved) Helps New Converts

Do those who oppose Once Saved Always Saved deceive and frustrate young, struggling believers (new converts)?

That is not how the first-century Christians felt about new converts. Back in that era, the servants of God felt truth and sound doctrine were imperative to spiritual growth, regardless if one was a new convert or not (1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 20:32). Since the Bible clearly teaches a conditional security, then this is what all Christians need to be taught, as was the case back then.

The book of Hebrews was written to Christians who were struggling and needed to be taught certain basic truths all over again (Heb. 5:11,12; 12:12). That book is filled with passages that refute Once Saved Always Saved. Therefore, such teaching isn’t a hindrance to any Christian, but an obvious remedy and aid, according to this book and Scriptures found elsewhere.

Specifically, Paul let Timothy know that especially new converts were in spiritual danger by getting in the office of overseer. Such a violation could lead to their damnation (1 Tim. 3:6). Obviously, such information about the believer’s conditional security couldn’t be detrimental, but beneficial for one to know.

Copyright Dan Corner.

Are All Sins The Same | Are All Sins Equal

Someone who believes in eternal security might say, “I don’t believe in the Catholic view of mortal and venial sins, as apparently you do! As a Once Saved Always Saved proponent, I believe all sins are equal in their severity before God, according to Jam. 2:10.”

Dan Corner’s response is below:

To reject the concept that all sin is equally severe does not automatically make that person a believer in the Catholic view of mortal and venial sins, as you assume! You are trying to discredit a conditional security by associating it with Catholicism. This is the logical fallacy known as guilt by association.

Remember, Scripture clearly teaches there are degrees of sin—greater sin (Jn. 19:11), eternal sin (Mk. 3:29), sin that leads to death and sin that does not lead to death (1 Jn. 5:16). James 2:10 does not contradict these verses! That verse and the one that follows it says:

For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law (Jam. 2:10,11).

James 2:11 goes on to say if a person does not commit adultery but does commit murder he is a lawbreaker. This clearly shows James is talking about those who are lawbreakers in verse 10, and not that all sin is equally severe in its consequences on the soul, as you assume!

Sins of worry and unthankfulness can never be compared in Scripture to sins of adultery and murder! In Rev. 21:8, the latter will send people to the lake of fire while the former are excluded from this list (and all other similar lists in Scripture).

Please view the video below by Dan Corner.

Are All Sins Equal | Are All Sins The Same | Degrees Of Sin

Conditional Security or Eternal Security (Once Saved Always Saved)?

Does the Bible teach Conditional Security or Eternal Security (Once Saved Always Saved)?

Have you ever heard an eternal security adherent use the following argument against a conditional security for the believer? Dan Corner shows how to respond.

There are an equal number of Scriptures that teach Once Saved Always Saved as there are that don’t. Therefore, you can’t be emphatic about a conditional security for the believer.

To believe such a statement implies the Bible contradicts itself. Dear reader, it is absolutely impossible for the Bible to teach both Once Saved Always Saved and a conditional security. One must be wrong!

It is true, however, that Once Saved Always Saved has arguments that seem at first glance to be supported by Scripture, but none of them really are. The Scriptures usually cited for Once Saved Always Saved are either taken out of context (like Jn. 10:28), unrelated to the subject (like Jn. 19:30) or misused in some other way.

The Bible teaches a conditional security for the believer. The sooner people realize this, the sooner they will be set on their spiritual guard to endure to the end for the sake of their salvation (Mt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11). Millions of souls may perish without this vital information. Once saved always saved (or eternal security) must be rejected as the licence for immorality that it really is.