By Karlo Broussard,
Some Protestants believe that once a Christian is saved, he has eternal security—that is, he can’t lose his salvation, whether the cause be sin, apostasy, or anything else.
A passage that’s often used to support eternal security is Romans 8:38-39. Paul writes:
For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Norman Geisler argues this passage “needs little comment, merely contemplation.” That which Geisler thinks we should contemplate is the fact that “there is literally nothing ‘in all creation’ that can separate a believer from Christ.” For Geisler, the creature himself falls into this category and therefore concludes that a Christian cannot lose his salvation.
Is Geisler’s reading of Paul correct? Let’s take a look.
First, notice how Geisler assumes that Paul is speaking of an individual’s salvation, even though the text is actually focused more broadly on God’s love for his people. But even taking the reading that Paul is talking about individual salvation, his interpretation doesn’t follow.