There is a protective influence in a local church when it embraces a historic confession of faith. This is why, for many years, we have been encouraging churches to adopt a confession of faith to lead them and to protect them. We even produced a video resource for families to equip them in the Baptist Confession of 1689 called Family Foundations in Sound Doctrine. One of the churches listed on the NCFIC network, which holds to the Second London Baptist Confession of 1689, recently experienced some controversy over the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints. Some men in the church were concerned about certain passages that seemed to say you could be truly saved and then lose your salvation, and began to discuss and defend this position with the church leaders.
The leadership of the church was in full agreement with chapter 17 of the confession titled, “The Perseverance of the Saints.” The elders asked the congregation to send them the passages that they struggled with that seemed to say a saved person could lose their salvation. Then they spent several Sundays preaching through those difficult passages. Here is one of those messages focusing on: Hebrews 6:1-6, 2 Peter 2:21-22, and Galatians 5:4. The sermon below, preached by Steve Grutzius, may be helpful to other Pastor’s facing a similar situation.