Eternal Security is not taught in 1 Cor. 5

Dan Corner

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There is nothing in 1 Cor. 5:1-5 or anywhere else in the Bible that teaches the deadly doctrine of eternal security. On at least three counts eternal security is not taught in 1 Cor. 5.

1. The unnamed man of 1 Cor. 5:1 was guilty of sexual immorality. This same person is referred to in v. 13 as wicked.


Expel the wicked man from among you (1 Cor. 5:13).


The same Greek word translated wicked in that verse is also found in Mt. 13:49,50:

This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Hence, the unnamed man of 1 Cor. 5:1 couldn’t be saved and be headed for the fiery furnace at the same time like that man!


2. Also, the same word translated sexual immorality in 1 Cor. 5:1 is found in Gal. 5:19-21:

The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Therefore, people such as those mentioned in 1 Cor. 5:1, will not inherit the kingdom of God because of this type of sin. Instead, they are headed for the fiery furnace, as recently proven. (To not inherit the kingdom of God is to be thrown into the fiery furnace.)

3. 1 Cor. 5:5 speaks of an action that needed to be done to that wicked man so that he may be saved. (Eternal security proponents with itching ears have been wrongly taught may be saved means is saved at this moment and want to believe it). Those same words found in v. 5, may be saved are found just 5 chapters later in 1 Cor. 10:33 and clearly refer to those who need to be saved, not those saved at this moment:

Even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

This passage in 1 Cor. 5:5 that has been violently twisted, in a deadly attempt to allow for saints (or holy ones) to be sexually immoral, shows the license for immorality that eternal security really is. We can produce numerous quotes from respected and esteemed so-called “Christian” teachers that teach this poisonous doctrine of eternal security. For example, Dave Hunt wrote:


The man who had “his father’s wife”—a terrible sin—didn’t lose his salvation thereby.

All eternal security teachers are very dangerous people, with no exception.

God’s Truth

The truth is: There are not two types of sexually immoral people as the eternal security teachers want us to think—one that is saved because in the past he was regenerated and one that is unsaved because he never was regenerated. There is only one type of sexually immoral person and he is always an unsaved person headed for the fiery furnace and in desperate need of forgiveness.

The eternal security teachers have distorted 1 Cor. 5, which teaches the sexually immoral man was unsaved, into the exact opposite of what it really says. That has opened a door for multitudes of immoral people to think they are still saved even though they are now in this same type of wickedness. Where are the true teachers that will stand opposed to the big names and this doctrine of demons?

To be forgiven, turn from your sins and place your submissive faith (trust) 100% in the Jewish Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth.