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(Note: This is a guest post written by Wally Fry who blogs here.  I am currently away and I am thankful to Wally for this guest post.  If you have thoughts and questions, feel free to comment and when he has time he will respond.)

Is Security of the Believer a License to Sin? 

I think anybody who reads here knows that I believe in the Eternal Security of the believer, Once saved always saved, or Perseverance of the Saints. I believe God’s Word clearly teaches that the salvation of a truly saved person will never be revoked, nor can it be taken from us. 

This is problematic for some, as many consider this doctrine to be nothing more than the granting of a license to run out and sin all they want. Sadly, many who oppose the Doctrine of Eternal Security are made to feel this way by the conduct and lifestyles of those professing to believe. Sadly, some do actually believe that salvation is no more than getting their ticket to heaven punched and that they can, in fact, do as they wish with no repercussions.

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It is Sunday!  I know teaching, preaching and ministering is not always easy.  Among those things that can be difficult is getting everything done that’s on your plate.  Of course that requires self-discipline.  How can we preachers and teachers be encouraged and properly motivated to be disciplined?

We are finishing off the third and final part of 2 Timothy 1:7:

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Ray Mehringer The Lost Disciplines of Watching and Waiting on God

Ray Mehringer is from The Master’s Seminary and is the Vice-President of Admissions and Placement.  In a chapel message on September 11th to the students and Professors at The Master’s Seminary Ray Mehringer spoke on the topic of “The Lost Disciplines of Watching and Waiting on God.”

It is a sobering message for Pastors and those in leadership in the church to be watchful and “keep” (that is, pay close attention) to one’s life.

Ray’s background before ministry was fifteen years in the Air Force as an officer.  I think he gives great illustrations from his background.

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