The extent to which man plays a part in his own salvation has always been a source of argument among theologians.
The Bible makes it clear that God knows the future…. therefore He knows what choices all of us will make in each and every situation BEFORE we make them….. therefore even if you were to accept that man plays a part in his own salvation, God still knows who will be saved and who will not be saved…. and He works miracles on behalf of the saved and the ones who will be saved. (Romans 8:29, Hebrews 1:14)
Has God worked miracles in your life ? ….. then REJOICE, it is a sign that you are among the redeemed…. the CERTAIN knowledge of your own salvation and the ETERNAL SECURITY of it moves beyond the realm of a theological argument to a REVELATION of the Holy Spirit to your own human spirit. (Romans 8:16, John 15:16, Matthew 16:17)
A saved person CANNOT be unsaved…. the very idea that one can change ones salvation by anything that one chooses to do is RIDICULOUS and it CONTRADICTS Scripture as well as experience (John 6:39, John 10:26-29) …. however, irrespective of rational and logical deliberation (which is the province of the human MIND) comes the revelation of God (this is the province of YOUR spirit)…. you just “know”, plain and simple, and nothing anybody else can say to you on the subject will shake your confidence… why ?… because you have had a REVELATION from the Almighty in your spirit. (Romans 8:14, Romans 8:16)
Human based “religion” devises all manner of Doctrines and Creeds… based on “logic” and “reason” and “analysis” of “interpretation” of the Scriptures (don’t get me wrong…. I am not advocating the abandonment of reason and logic and the use of your MIND and “common sense”…. because you need to use ALL YOUR FACULTIES in your Christian walk with God) but when God’s Holy Spirit reveals TRUTH to our “human” spirit then we KNOW, beyond what we can “figure out” with our MIND in the Scriptures. (Hebrews 4:12)
The argument for conditional salvation is based on human ideas….. and “reasoning” from the human point-of-view….. and may often lead to the error of a WORKS-BASED “salvation”…. where people need to be continuously working to “maintain” their “salvation”.
I can testify that the MIRACLES that GOD in the “restoration to fellowship” of a “backslider” are neither “random” or “wasted”….. humans “do err” greatly when they “write off” a “former” Christian who, so they say, has “lost” his/her salvation (cant you see that this is a HUMAN viewpoint ? )…. IF a person IS saved (in the first place) they cannot become “unsaved”…. to accept such a position makes “salvation” nothing more than a HUMAN-based “idea”.
What then is the whole testimony of the Old Testament ? ….. That God CHOSE the nation of Israel ….. and NOTHING that they have done or can do will negate GOD’s great work on their behalf…. Watch and see for yourself… ULTIMATELY GOD will be GLORIFIED IN ISRAEL (during the Millenial Reign of Christ… which is still to come !)….. Israel has been PUNISHED for his sins but he has NEVER been DIS-INHERITED…. (2 Samuel 7:13-15) the very notion of a “son” implies this…. once a son, always a son…. you may be a total exasperation to your father…. but you cannot become “not a son” because that is quite IMPOSSIBLE. (Exodus 4:22)
The “backsliding” of Israel has worked to the Glory of God… because the Gentiles have been redeemed through it, that God may use Israel to the benefit of the whole human race as He promised to Abraham (Genesis 22:18, Romans 11:25-29)….. and ULTIMATELY the whole Nation of Israel will accept their Christ and their King and THAT… will be a glorious day indeed for the whole earth !
The “free will” of man CANNOT destroy the PLANS OF GOD….. but that does not absolve HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY….. if you are reading this message, your duty is to repent of your sin… and accept the claim of Christ on your life (He gave His life for yours therefore you are expected to live for Him and not for yourself)….. and if you do NOT heed this message you will be very sorry later…… because you cannot blame GOD for anything…… YOU do not have “foreknowledge” and you do not “know the future”….. therefore YOUR DUTY RIGHT NOW IS TO LOVE AND SERVE GOD and if you reject that….. do not get “hung up” on “Calvinist” theology… or ramble on about “pre-destination”….. you, being a human of sound mind, have refused the call of God upon your life… plain and simple…. therefore you can never “charge” a JUST, HOLY and RIGHTEOUS GOD with any kind of “wrong doing”….. GOD IS PERFECTION….. you would have no idea of what is “right” or what is “just” if it was not for HIM telling you (through His Bible) about it.