Saint Ted Pike Shares Of His Perseverance Through Physical And Spiritual Trials

In my recent article Sovereignty Comes By Appointment, I wrote, Bible doctrine communicates that one is a sovereign, if one is a Child of Abraham. The patriarch of faith’s grandson Jacob, wrestled with God, and overcame, who changed his name to Israel, meaning Prince. All those of Abraham’s faith are princes of God. One is a sovereign, if one is a Believer in Christ, for one has been raised up to rule in heavenly places with Christ, Ephesians 2:6.  And will soon be ruling and reigning with Christ in his Millennial Kingdom, Romans 8:17 and 1 Corinthians 9:24- 27.  Recently I wrote extensively on this, relating that the church, that is the called out ones, not national Israel inherits the promises of the Abrahamic Covenant.  Those of Christian Zionism, perceive that national Israel is running parallel with the Church. Ted Pike of National Prayer Network exposes this false doctrine writing Why Christian Zionism is a cult.

This saintly man shares of his perseverance through physical and spiritual trials in article My Wife Died a Martyr For God and Freedom.

An inquiring mind asks, What do religions and philosophy provide?

The ultimate goal of Buddhism, is Nirvāṇa, a state of absence of desire and craving.

The Khazar’s are occupying Zion and practice Zionism.

The Austrian Economists, profess personal sovereignty, and seek the limitation of government intervention, and seek Freedom so as to use personal property as they see fit to practice Free Enterprise.

The Christian has a white stone, Revelation 2:17, and as Peter Anderson relates Let us be encouraged by the fact that in our hand we hold an admission ticket to Heaven, and an admission ticket into His presence at this very moment. We hold an acquittal that was personalized with a name that identifies us uniquely.

As a Reformed Christian I believe in persevering; Wikipedia presents a good summary of perseverance relating, The Reformed tradition has consistently seen the doctrine of perseverance as a natural consequence to its general scheme of predestination in which God has chosen some men and women unto salvation and has cleared them of their guilty status by atoning for their sins through Jesus sacrifice. According to these Calvinists, God has irresistibly drawn the elect to put their faith in himself for salvation by regenerating their hearts and convincing them of their need. Therefore, they continue, since God has made satisfaction for the sins of the elect, they can no longer be condemned for them, and through the help of the Holy Spirit, they must necessarily persevere as Christians and in the end be saved.

Calvinists also believe that all who are born again and justified before God necessarily and inexorably proceed to sanctification. Failure to proceed to sanctification in their view is considered by some as evidence that the person in question was never truly saved to begin with.[1] Proponents of this doctrine distinguish between an action and the consequences of an action, and suggest that after God has regenerated someone, the person’s will cannot reverse its course. It is argued that God has changed that person in ways that are outside of his or her own ability to alter fundamentally, and he or she will therefore persevere in the faith.

The Westminster Confession of Faith has defined perseverance as follows:
They whom God hath accepted in His Beloved, effectually called and sanctified by his Spirit, can neither totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace; but shall certainly persevere therein to the end, and be eternally saved. ─Westminster Confession of Faith (chap. 17, sec. 1).[2]
This definition does not deny the possibility of failings in one’s Christian experience, because the Confession also says:
Nevertheless [believers] may, through the temptations of Satan and of the world, the prevalency of corruption remaining in them, and the neglect of the means of their preservation, fall into grievous sins; and for a time continue therein; whereby they incur God’s displeasure, and grieve his Holy Spirit: come to be deprived of some measure of their graces and comforts; have their hearts hardened, and their consciences wounded; hurt and scandalize others, and bring temporal judgments upon themselves (sec. 3).[2]

Theologian Charles Hodge summarizes the thrust of the Calvinist doctrine:
Perseverance…is due to the purpose of God [in saving men and thereby bringing glory to his name], to the work of Christ [in canceling men’s debt and earning their righteousness ], to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit [in sealing men in salvation and leading them in God’s ways], and to the primal source of all, the infinite, mysterious, and immutable love of God.[3]

On a practical level, Calvinists do not claim to know who is elect and who is not, and the only guide they have is the verbal testimony and good works (or “fruit”) of each individual. Any who “fall away” (that is, do not persevere in the Christian faith until death) is assumed not to have been truly converted to begin with, though Calvinists do not claim to know with certainty who did and who did not persevere.

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