The inspired Word of God does not make a distinction between Eternal Life and Eternal Security. These doctrines are one and the same! The Lord Himself promised eternal life to anyone who believes on Him. Some preachers make a distinction between eternal life and everlasting life, but I see no such distinction. These are used interchangeably. Although some saints will shine more than others in Heaven (Daniel 12:3), and have varying degrees of rewards (Matthew 6:19-20; 1st Corinthians 3:8), every believer will have “life” in Heaven. So I don't see any difference between “everlasting life” and “eternal life” in the Scripture. They are one and the same.
Likewise, the doctrines of Eternal Life and Eternal Security are the same. You don't receive eternal life at the time of salvation, and then struggle to obtain eternal security. The believer's eternal life in Christ Jesus is our eternal security!
Beware Of False Prophets
I have heard false prophets (e.g., Ray Comfort, Steve Pettit, John MacArthur and Paul Washer) teach that a person who lives in willful perpetual sin cannot be assured of eternal security. For example: Here is a disturbing quote from Ray Comfort from his 'The Evidence Bible.' On page 1513 of 'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE,' under the section “Questions & Objections,” Ray Comfort addresses the statement: “Because Jesus died on the cross we are forgiven of every sin.” Here’s Ray Comfort’s reply to this statement:
“The forgiveness that is in Jesus Christ is conditional upon ‘repentance towards God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 20:21). It is a gift that God offers to everyone, but individuals must receive it by repenting and trusting in Christ, or they will remain dead in their sins. No one has Biblical grounds to continue in sin, assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross. See 1 John 3:4-6.” [Emphasis added] —'THE EVIDENCE BIBLE,' by Ray Comfort, pg. 1513; 2003, Bridge-Logos Publishers, Orlando, Florida
Those are some very dangerous words at the end, “…assuming that they are safe just because Jesus died on the cross.” Clearly, Ray Comfort thinks you must make an effort to reform your life of sin to be saved. That is another gospel.
Another example of junk theology is Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014, who told 2,700 BJU students on March 30, 2020, that if they perpetually lie they'll go to Hell:
“And sadly, for some of you, it's [lying] going to find you out in eternity. If somebody perpetually lies, what does that say about him? Could it be simply exposing the reality that you've never put off the old man, and put on the new? Where do perpetual liars go? Revelation 21:9, 'all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.'” —Dr. Steve Pettit (March 30, 2020; 'The Daily Platform,' #696 - 'Tell The Truth,' 17:48 time)
Dr. Pettit is preaching another gospel of works! “All liars” go to Hell the Bible says (Revelation 21:8), which is why we all need God's “imputed righteousness” (Philippians 3:9; Romans 4:5-6). We don't have any righteousness to offer God, so He gives us His righteousness by faith. 2nd Corinthians 5:21, “For he [God the Father] hath made him [God the Son] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.)” Sadly, Steve Pettit has a perverse Calvinist view of the Gospel, teaching that you cannot merely say, “I got saved”; but rather, he heretically teaches that you're not completely assured of Heaven until you get there! That is as Satanic as anything I know!!! How is that a free gift?
Tragically, 30% of all southern Baptists are Calvinists. The teachings of John Calvin are another gospel. Calvinists view salvation as a process, that includes sanctification and glorification. So if you are shacking up with your girlfriend, and don't go to church, and live like the Devil, Calvinists say you are not saved. They are not saved! Calvinists pervert the Gospel of free grace, following the heretical foolishness of a mass-murderer who has been dead for 500 years! The moment that you place your trust in Jesus as your Savior, you are forever born-again! The life you choose to live from that point forward is entirely a matter of discipleship, and not sonship (salvation)!
If you are saved, you 100% have eternal security!!! God doesn't give temporary life or probationary life, He only gives eternal life. God has NEVER taken away anyone's salvation who was already His child. Ephesians 1:13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” The Bible even calls the blessed indwelling Holy Spirit, the “holy Spirit of Promise.” PROMISE! What do you think that means? It means God gives the Holy Spirit to every one who believes, as He promised (John 14:16; 1st Corinthians 3:16-17). The Holy Spirit “SEALS” every saint at the time of salvation. You can lie all you want Bob Jones University' student, and not worry about God taking away His gift of salvation. You can lust and tell fibs all day long, and you'll still be “SAFE” in Jesus! Kindly said, evangelists' Steve Pettit and Ray Comfort are devils in the pulpit!!!
Once saved always saved is 100% biblical! Nothing more is required than simple childlike faith in the 'Good News' of Jesus Christ. God will not save anyone who is trying to be saved, He will only save those who are trusting to be saved. Salvation is received, not achieved. Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.