A few years ago, my secretary alerted me that I had a couple, not members of our church, who desired to see me. They lived down the street from the church. After a few minutes of conversation about who they were and common people that we knew, the woman pulled out a book, and asked, “Do you believe what is in this book?” The book was Charles Stanley’s Eternal Security: Can You Be Sure? I confessed to them that I had not read the book, but I knew who Charles Stanley was, and based on the title, I was reasonably sure that I believed what was in the book. This middle-aged couple went on to tell me that they had picked up the book in Wal-Mart simply because of the title. The woman had read the book in one evening. The husband had read enough of it the next morning, and now they were in my office. They didn’t know who Charles Stanley was, but the jacket cover said he was a Baptist, so they decided to walk down to the Baptist church on their street. To this point in their lives, they believed it was impossible, even perhaps sinful and certainly arrogant, to claim eternal assurance. Now, this couple was eager to have the peace and joy that accompanies eternal security.
The Bible says that God wants us to have that assurance. The Apostle John, as recorded in 1 John 5:13 said, “I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”
That assurance makes a difference in the way we live our lives from day to day.
For a more detailed explanation of “The Security of the Believer,” you might want to read my published article in the Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry. You can access the article online here.