Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you very much for your letter.
Yes, I am the author of The Biblical Foundations of Calvinism article.
However, I think you are misunderstanding the doctrine of perseverance of the saints. We are not saying that people who have given their lives to the Lord will never fail or fall. The doctrine of perseverance of the saints asserts that true believers persevere to the end. Those who fall away without any repentance indicate that they are unregenerate.
Those who are deeply grieved by their sins prove that they are regenerate, for conviction of sin comes from the Holy Spirit.
The question is, do you have Christ? Do you belong to Him? Are you trusting in Christ alone for your Salvation?
Salvation is all of God. Hence the Westminster Confession states: “They whom God has 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 thereunto the end, and be eternally saved”
It is the Arminian position that believers can be saved, and lose one’s salvation, falling in and out of Grace.
The fact that you say that you want nothing more than to serve God and to be obedient to Him, proves that you must be one of His elect. There is no way that one can have the desire to serve and obey God unless that desire comes from God. It is one of the evidences of regeneration.
Please do visit our www.reformationSA.org website and you will find many other articles that I trust will be helpful to you in understanding the Reformation teachings.
Please also let me know your postal address and I will gladly post you a complimentary copy of my Discipleship Handbook.
Many people misunderstand Calvinism and believe that they are teaching fatalism or determinism. Not at all. Islam teaches fatalism. Biblical Christianity teaches God’s sovereignty in salvation and man’s responsibility. Both are parallel truths like separate tracks on a railway line. Heading in the same direction. God is sovereign, and you are personally responsible. However, there is tremendous confidence and humility in recognising that our salvation is all of God. If it was partly of me, I would fail and fall irretrievably.
“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His Glory with exceeding joy …” Deut 24
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Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond