I said I’m done blogging about what goes on over at PPT, and that I’m not going over there any more. But I have to finish this subject concerning running the Christian race to obtain the crown, so one more post.
In our last installment you saw me flabbergasted over Dohse of PPT daring to say in straight-up Calvinist fashion “You can’t run in a race that is already finished.” Since I made some comments about that, he of course has changed his tune. Now instead of denying that there is a race to run he is going to merely deny that the prize obtained at the end of the race is salvation and instead argue that it is extra Baptist crackerjack rewards (as promised in What is the Race of Faith? Justification or Sanctification? Or Both? A Biblical Evaluation: Introduction).
So we need to look at what this crown of life, or crown of righteousness, or crown of glory that John, Paul, and Peter speak of, is. Is it salvation itself, or is it some crackerjack reward that is purely an extra?
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)
I’ve read the gospels. The Lord never promised a literal crown. The crown of life = eternal life. Its a metaphor.
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. (1 Peter 5:4)
Again with the crown symbolism. Notice how Peter assumes all the saved will receive this crown, not just those who earned something extra.
Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. (Revelation 2:10)
This has always been interpreted to mean that those who deny Christ under persecution lose their salvation. Do the Baptists dare change it to mean that they only lose crackerjack box rewards or quarter machine toys? Yes, they do, because Baptists have no shame in twisting scripture whatsoever. They will tell you point blank, with Dohse leading them, that you can deny Christ in persecution and still be saved due to OSAS.
Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. (Revelation 3:11)
So the crown can be lost. And any man who causes us to lose it can be said to have “taken” it, such as Dohse plans to do by convincing you of OSAS so that you will persist in wilfull grave sin thinking “Hurhur, I’m saved no matter what I do.”
And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully. (2 Timothy 2:5)
You can’t get the crown by cheating (i.e. faith alone and OSAS).
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. (2 Timothy 4:7-8)
Paul is in prison about to be beheaded by Nero. He is not telling Timothy about some crackerjack prize he intends to win. No, but he is telling him why he does not fear death. This is the ground of his assurance that he is saved: he has fought the good fight, he has finished his course. In other words, like in Revelation 2:10, he has been faithful unto death rather than denying Christ in persecution.
(I should also point out here that since Paul says this crown is not for him only but for all who love Jesus’ second coming, this is not a special extra crown for super special saints, but is the standard reward of all saints–that is, salvation or eternal life itself.)
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, (Colossians 2:18 NKJV)
(KJV syntax is really archaic and hard to read in this verse)
Don’t let anyone steal your crown or cheat you of it. He lists some things that can do it, like convincing you to worship angels. But there are other things, like convincing you of OSAS so that you live in wilfull obstinance to God’s moral teachings.
Paul himself says as much:
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1 Corinthians 3:16-17)
The discussion is about adultery. Those who commit adultery while Christians defile the temple of God that is their body, and Paul says God will destroy them. Does that mean losing crackerjack Baptist rewards, Dohse?
But wait, how do I know the discussion is about adultery when he speaks of them defiling the temple of God? Because I bothered to read the whole book. He gets more into it in chapter 6.
Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid. What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? for two, saith he, shall be one flesh. (1 Corinthians 6:15-16)
This is how the initial audience was defiling the temple of God. And Paul told them in chapter 3 that God would destroy those who do so.
Now finally, we also have this:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:19)
The warning at the end of Revelation implies that the person spoken of had these rights. How can you take away rights a person didn’t have? So they had a right to the tree of life, or book of life, and to the holy city the New Jerusalem, and to all the good things written in this book. In other words, they were saved. But because they removed things from the book of Revelation, God took away those rights from them. In other words, they lost their salvation. So much for OSAS! Again, at the beginning of the book of Revelation we have something similar:
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. (Revelation 3:5)
So to the one who does not overcome, but gives in to persecution, he will blot their name out of the book of life. Is that loss of salvation or just loss of Baptist crackerjack rewards Dohse?