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