A Recent 60th Wedding Anniversary Celebration – and Some Thoughts on Fidelity and Eternal Security

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We were delighted when my husband’s parents recently celebrated their 60th (diamond) wedding anniversary. Even though health issues have meant that circumstances are not what they once were, it is wonderful to see a couple so emotionally close after all those years. Swans also keep the same lifetime partner – which is why they are often depicted on wedding anniversary cards, as a symbol of fidelity. Unfortunately where the human race is concerned, nowadays the very institution of marriage itself is under threat. Sadly these days, many people move from ‘partner to partner’ with an alarming disregard for the Word of God – but what is even more disturbing is the fact that many who would say that they are ‘committed Christians’ seem to take the same view as the rest of the world on this matter.

Perhaps some of us may know of a situation like the following… someone you once knew well had a testimony. Then a few years later you discover that this person has since left his wife and family and has been with another partner for quite a while. You later discover that he still believes himself to be justified and his eternity secure, even though he is openly living in disobedience to God’s Word.

Now, some may say that you are judgmental and have no right to have an opinion on how this person conducts his life, but surely it is perfectly legitimate (even for an unbeliever) to point out the hypocrisy of leading a life, where on the one hand a person is quoting from God’s Word through social media – and on the other he is living in sin and disobedience to this same Word?

Sadly this person has most likely been subjected to some erroneous doctrines when he was young in the faith and today he is in danger spiritually. You feel angry about this situation; about the broken homes and the children involved and this persistent hypocrisy but you also feel despondent that this terrible doctrine of unconditional eternal security is accepted so readily. Ezekiel 18v20 is clear: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

“But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die. Yet ye say, The way of the Lord is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?” (Verses 24&25)

The issues of divorce, remarriage and of leaving one’s marriage partner to be with someone else are clearly covered in God’s Word. Jesus says: “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” (Matthew 19v6)

“And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” (Matthew 19v9)

We live in a world where fidelity is rare and where even laws and financial implications encourage couples to live together, rather than commit to marriage. But the Word of God is unchanging and cannot be twisted to suit the desires of mankind. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus Christ… “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 24v12&13)

The Lord is not willing that any die in his sin…“Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?” (Verse 23)

If at one time in my life I repent of my sins and make a commitment to follow the Lord, this does not mean that I am suddenly covered and secure in future sins or as some would put it… ‘God no longer sees my sin.’

God sees all sin (whatever the person’s profession of faith) and knows all hearts and it is totally His will that the soul who is living in sin “should return from his ways, and live.”

Jesus also said: “For as the lightening cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so also shall the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24v27)

Judgement will come as fast as a sheet of lightening… we must be ready and not as “that evil servant” who says in his heart, “My Lord delayeth his coming.” (Matthew 25v48)

Note that it is the servants who are exhorted to be ready in many portions of scripture… “Blessed is that servant whom his Lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matthew 24v46)

May the Lord through His own loving words speak to those who read, that many may recognise the danger of living in adultery or any sin, while deceived by a false security.

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