Calvinism and Arminianism

And I give to them eternal life, and they shall by no means perish forever, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand.

John 10:28
Two Major Schools – Two Extremes

Because Christians are not clear about the pure Word of God, there are the two major schools of Calvinism and Arminianism.

According to the Calvinist school, once you are saved you are eternally saved, and there will be no problems in the future. According to the Arminian school, it is possible to be lost again if you do not live and work uprightly after you are saved.

These two schools represent two extremes, and neither school has found the bridge in the Bible which spans the gap between them. The bridge is the judgment seat of God. [2 Cor. 5:10, Rom. 14:10]

Eternally Saved And Can Never Be Lost

Once we have been saved, we are eternally saved and can never be lost.

This contrasts with the Pentecostal teaching which claims that people are not eternally saved in this life and that it is possible to be saved and lost many times during the span of one lifetime.

This kind of salvation is like an elevator: it goes up and down. However, the Bible declares that God’s salvation is eternal.

In John 10:28-29 we are told that once we have eternal life we shall never perish.

May Suffer Loss

Nevertheless, there are verses, such as 1 Corinthians 3:15, which tell us that in the future we may suffer loss.

Must Still Give An Account To The Lord

When the Lord returns, He will gather all His servants before Him and have them give an account to Him of their life and work.

Although we are saved eternally, we must still give an account to the Lord of our life and work at the judgment seat of Christ.

The Lord will look into our account and decide whether we will receive a reward or suffer a loss.

In 2 Timothy 4:8 Paul could say, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day.” However, this does not mean that every believer will receive such a crown.

Whether or not you receive a crown of righteousness will depend on the results at the judgment seat.

“My Reward Is With Me”

Finally, in Revelation 22:12 the Lord Jesus Himself says, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” I believe that by now the matter of the judgment at the judgment seat of Christ has been made clear. 

We must be careful about judging others, for we ourselves will be judged by God. [Rom. 14:10]

All quotations in this post, unless otherwise noted, are from Life-Study Of Romans, message 28 by Witness Lee, Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA, U.S.A. 1989. Source:


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