Does Anybody Agree with this Quotation XI
In an article on Christian assurance, D.A. Carson quotes I. Howard Marshall:
"... the Calvinist 'believer' cannot fall away from 'true' faith, but he can 'fall away' from what proves in the end to be only seeming faith. The possibility of falling away remains. But in neither case does the person know for certain whether he is a true or a seeming disciple... he sees signs in his life... but these signs may be misleading... Whoever said, 'The Calvinist knows that he cannot fall from salvation but does not know whether he has got it', had it summed up nicely... The [Arminian] knows that he has salvation... but is aware that, left to himself, he could lose it... IT SEEMS TO ME THE PRACTICAL EFFECT IS THE SAME."
Responding to these quotes, D.A. Carson says:
"At a... mechanistic level, I think this analysis is largely correct."
"at certain levels the practical effect is the same"
"Calvinism... [with its] forms of introversion... strangely mirror... their Arminian counterparts"
"Thus at their worst, the two approaches meet in strange and sad ways."
In a very real sense, John MacArthur and Lordship Salvation preach the same 'gospel' as Dan Corner and the Arminians:
Unless you persevere in faithfulness and good works, and die in such a state, you go to hell. Faith alone is not enough.
Perseverance of the Saints is not "Eternal Security"
it is Conditional Security:
If you persevere, you are saved.
If you fail to persevere, you are damned.