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Well, as you know, we've been working our way through the part of the book of Romans, chapters 3, 4 and tonight we come to chapter 5...Romans chapter 5. Of course this is Paul's great treatment of the gospel, powerful...spiritually powerful, life-transforming truth. And we come, finally, to chapter 5, having looked at least from chapter 3 briefly the beginning part, but seriously from the middle of the chapter right on through the faith of Abraham in chapter 4, we now come to chapter 5.

And up to now, we have learned that salvation is by faith alone through grace alone. It is not a matter of Law, it is not a matter of works, it is not a matter of human effort. The question that poses itself at this point is, is it possible having received this salvation by faith alone through grace alone, apart from works, it is possible to lose this salvation? Can it be lost? Believe me, this question is a dividing question in the Christian world. It has been literally for centuries, for millennia. People have debated whether our salvation is permanent, whether it is eternally secure, or not. The issue of "once saved, always saved" has been debated literally through the centuries of Christian history.

Now there are some who have taught that salvation must be maintained. You receive it by grace apart from works, but you keep it by works. In other words, if you fail to obey, or if you openly disobey, you can lose your salvation. One of the historic groups or denominations or associations that holds to this view is the Salvation Army. I think we all understand the Salvation Army, we see them around at the Christmas season in particular, but The Salvation Army has been around for a long time. And here is what it says in The Salvation Army doctrine, quote: "Some truly converted people have fallen from grace and the danger of doing so threatens every Christian."

That is a very serious claim. Do we all live in mortal danger? As Christians, do we all live on the brink of damnation? Is our salvation conditional on our ability to maintain it? To maintain works sufficient to keep it? Is it true that if we fail to maintain those works, salvation is forfeited? That's the issue. Or on the other hand, is salvation something that cannot be lost?...

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