Pink twists and turns his way through the scriptures to come up with another heretical explanation why you can sin your way into the kingdom. Although he refrains from the modern version of this awful doctrine that goes as far to say that you can deny Christ and He won't deny you, the end result remains the same. Attempting to protect the Sovereignty of God these men have sacrificed the responsibility of man to `continue' in the faith. Therefore such simplistic passages as "By this Gospel you are saved, IF you hold fast to the end" (1Cor15:2) are twisted to say, `Because you are saved you will hold fast to the end!' But such is the nature of this horrendous teaching that is leading millions into the eternal fires of hell. Like many of his contemporaries, Pink raises the `Never saved to begin with' argument, hoping to cloud of issue of `patient continuance in doing good' (Rom2:7) He explains away the Heb6:1-6 passages in similar manner, saying that `Partakers' of the Holy Spirit really means they were merely under the `influence' of the Spirit. Although the SAME word is used elsewhere in Scripture to explain how we are `Partakers' of Christ, IF we hold fast our confidence steadfast to the end. (Heb3:14) This is just one of numerous examples how the simple text of the Bible are twisted to support false doctrine. Therefore anyone who falls into heinous sin was `never' saved to begin with! (although this is NOT the prevalent view among today's Calvinist) This would include Judas of course, the man in 1Cor5:5, the false teachers who `shipwrecked' their faith and the faith of others in 1Tim1:19-20, 2Tim2:17-18, Demas, 2Tim4:9, the new converts in 2Pet2:18 who had `escaped indeed', and anyone else who `departed' from the faith or fell into the error of the wicked. The difficulty with this argument stems from the fact that it isn't biblical. Paul never suggested these people were `never' saved to begin with because they sinned. He merely states in numerous passages that such behavior will keep you OUT of the kingdom. That a genuine Christian is incapable of these acts is also off base. Why would the devil try so hard to temp us into sin & error IF our souls were not at stake? If all we stand to lose is our `rewards' & fellowship, what's the point of a roaring lion? And the struggle against sin stated throughout scripture, Heb12:4, why resist or flee temptation and Strive to keep ourselves Pure, if it doesn't matter? Thus you see the outcome of such preaching. Dead, lukewarm & complacent professing Christians, `believing' themselves saved while remaining in bondage to sin. Pink is devious in his approach to this subject. You will get the impression reading his books that he believed whole heatedly in holiness & obedience to the faith. But on a closer examination you find the `under-laying' message of John Calvin lurking in the pages of this manuscript. Unknowingly he has planted the seeds of our present day apostasy. By promoting the doctrine of `unconditional' eternal security he has helped lay the foundation for men like Charles Stanley & Billy Graham who soft peddle the message of salvation to millions of lost souls, convincing them that a one time confession of faith will guarantee their entrance into the eternal kingdom! I recommend you be steadfastly grounded in the faith before you read ANY of Pink's books. He is VERY persuasive in his narrative and has convinced many that the heretical views of John Calvin are biblical. Beware of his subtle twists & turns for they will lead you down the path of destruction if you are not careful.
A book that has a doctrinal devotional flavor. Arthur Pink in this book talks about the doctrine of a believer's security in their salvation. He gives particular care in his treatment so as to avoid the antinominan version of "once saved always saved" in which sanctification and holiness doesn't even matter, while also avoiding the pitfalls of Arminianism that assumes we can lose our salvation. Antinomianism would lead one to become a libertine while Arminianism has the tendency of assuming legalism. The Biblical balance teaches that God not only ordained the eternal life of the elect but He has also ordained the means of a believer's eternal security by persevering in the faith. Though the book is not as exegeticaly based as I would like, nevertheless Pink does give a good amount of verses for readers to look up and study further on. I appreciated that the doctrine of eternal security was not only discussed here in terms of it's nature and importance, but also its' benefits and marvel. Pink demonstrates in this book how this doctrine would motivate believers to holiness. A Practical book and was a great spiritual refreshment to read.
This book does a thorough job of affirming the doctrine of the "perseverance of the saints". It also warns the professing Christian who sins to repent, for true saints keep to the way of righteousness. "[Hymenaeus and Philetus] Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." -- 2 Timothy 2:18-19
If you like satan to teach you lies,read this book,for surely it was inspired by satan! This teaching originated with the Gnostics in the first century,and all the true early church Bishops called them heretics and this teaching heresy. It is such a tool of the devil to send multitudes of lukewarm Christians to hell,thinking they are eternally secure,when they are not even living the life God has called us to,which is hebrews 12:14. I used to read all of Pinks books until God woke me up a few years ago.
Total heresy,readers don't read this devil inspired theology!