This Week in AG History — March 3, 1945
By Darrin Rodgers
Originally published on AG-News, Mon, 03 Mar 2014 – 4:49 PM CST
The Assemblies of God took a stance against “extreme so-called Eternal Security teaching” in the 1918 General Council. This stance, it should be noted, was against “extreme eternal security” and not against “eternal security.” This position was largely a response to the teaching, popular in some circles, that a person who has expressed faith in Christ is guaranteed to go to heaven and cannot be lost. This issue was a practical, pastoral concern because some people used the teaching to justify sinful lifestyles.
British Assemblies of God theologian Donald Gee, in a 1945 Pentecostal Evangel article, addressed the biblical concerns with “extreme eternal security” teaching. He wrote that the “handiest definition” of the doctrine is “once saved, always saved.” Gee acknowledged that extremes existed on both sides of the debate and called for a biblical approach that acknowledged both the security of the believer and the possibility of apostasy.
Read the entire article by Donald Gee, “Extreme Eternal Security Teaching,” on pages 2 and 3 of the March 3, 1945, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Also featured in this issue:
* “Pentecost in Cairo and Jerusalem,” by Vera Swarztrauber
* “The White Rose,” by Anne Hazelton
And many more!
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