The "Unbelieving Christian"
The Carnal Christian doctrine of "eternal security" is a vastly different doctrine than the biblical doctrine of the "preservation of the saints." The Carnal Christian theory teaches that a Christian can lose his faith and yet still be a Christian so they actually use the term "unbelieving Christian". On the contrary, the Biblical doctrine of preservation declares that while we MUST persevere to the end (Colossians 1:21-23, 1 John 1:5-10; 3:3-6 Hebrews 10:26-31, Hebrews 12:1) but it also teaches that GOD WILL preserve us to the end (Colossians 1:21-23, 1 John 1:5-10; 3:3-6, Hebrews 10:26-31, Hebrews 12:1)
Here is what the carnal Christian doctrine comes to. Below is a list of quotes from Dr. Charles Stanley’s book Eternal Security:
1. ”Even if a believer for all practical purposes becomes an unbeliever, his salvation is not in jeopardy” (Chapter 10, p. 93).
”And last, believers who lose or abandon their faith will retain their salvation, for God remains faithful” (p. 94).
”Christ will not deny an unbelieving Christian his or her salvation because to do so would be to deny Himself” (p. 94).
In regards to the parable Jesus taught in Matthew 25:14-30, Stanley writes:
The final verse of this parable is so severe that many commentators assume it is a description of hell. It is not. (p. 124) Where is this place represented by the “outer darkness” in Jesus’ parable? To be in the “outer darkness” is to be in the kingdom of God but outside the circle of men and women whose faithfulness on this earth earned them a special rank or position of authority. (p. 126)
Additionally, below is a list of quotes from Dr. Stanley’s book Handbook for Christian Living:
You and I are not saved because we have enduring faith. We are saved because at a moment in time we expressed faith in our Lord (p. 190).
Discipleship has nothing to do with whether you will go to heaven or not (p. 505).
It is possible to be a child of God and never a disciple of Christ. We can live the Christian life with the assurance of heaven as our ultimate destiny but miss the process of maturing as a disciple (p. 505).