In D.A. Carson’s commentary for today’s readings he makes a few points. One which stood out was this one:
“The second lesson follows: a little Gospel is a dangerous thing. It gets people to think well of themselves, to sigh with relief that the worst evils have been dissipated, to enjoy a nice sense of belonging. But if a person is not truly justified, regenerated, and transferred from the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of God’s dear Son, the dollop of religion may serve as little more than an inoculation against the real thing.”
Any statement which calls into question the legitimacy of a person’s salvation must be treated very carefully indeed, because it is dangerous to say someone is saved when in fact they are not, and it can be very damaging and divisive to claim somebody is not saved when they are.
I’d be keen to hear people’s thoughts on this. But instead of giving mere opinions, and since we’re all actually reading the bible, I thought it would be a good discipline to look for scriptural passages which help illuminate the issue.
Can you think of any other scriptures which support this conclusion? Or what about scriptures which seem to contradict what Carson is saying?