QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 3rd Mar 2009, 05:14pm)
I visited it twice as a kid, but don't ask me where it was in Brig'ton.
Our church was the Bethany Hall in Blantyre.
If you had come in there as a catholic, as my mate did when I invited him ( I'd gone to the chapel with him) the elders would have spent all night trying to convert you as they did my mate.
I was embarrased.
" You see Tom, the Catholics believe in The Falling Away Doctrine."
To this day I still don't know what that means.
It was also a favourite quote of my big brother.
Those who propagate the "falling away" doctrine are wrong about many things. They believe one will lose his salvation when he sins. Wrong! This implies that the work of Christ is insufficient. They teach that to believe in eternal security means one can live a wicked, immoral life and still get to heaven. Wrong! "How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein" Romans 6:2? Christ's death FOR us was also our death TO sin. A person who is saved abhors sin and has no desire to continue in it.
Few who hold this doctrine are saved because this basically means salvation is by works. Some among them recognized they were unable to merit salvation. God revealed to them salvation through the finished work of Christ. They believed and were saved. The wrong teachings they hear hinder them from appreciating the wonderful truth that salvation is eternal. Let us pray that God will reveal this to them also.
What I think they're saying is that no matter how many good works you do on earth it has no affect on your destination in the afterlife. They're not quite saying your fate is pre determined but you have to be a believer to be saved. I do hope that comforts you. More questions answered in The Gospel Tent