Recently I found an interesting blog which states that we can lose our salvation in 70 ways. For the complete list of the 70 “ways”, kindly refer to: http://smashingidols7.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/70-ways-a-believer-can-fall-away/ and my refute started with:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/70-ways-of-losing-your-salvation-1-stop-believing-luke-813/
You will find links to the rest of the myths at the end of this article. Please refer to them after your finish this article.
Myth 17: be delivered to satan for the destruction of the flesh; 1Cor 5
This is a classic case of taking Scripture out of its context. It represents a very shallow and superficial understanding of Scripture.
Let’s deal with the verse in its context.
This is the context. Paul was dealing with a case of incest. See 1 Corinthians 5.
5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2 And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? 3 For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. 4 So when you are assembled and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, 5 hand this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.
Note the motive of Paul’s actions, so that his spirit may be saved. Paul is doing this so that this person does not lose his salvation. (Not that he can lose it anyway).
In fact, this man actually was saved! See 2 Corinthians 2:5-8
5 IF ANYONE HAS CAUSED GRIEF, HE HAS NOT SO MUCH GRIEVED ME AS HE HAS GRIEVED ALL OF YOU TO SOME EXTENT—NOT TO PUT IT TOO SEVERELY. 6 THE PUNISHMENT INFLICTED ON HIM BY THE MAJORITY IS SUFFICIENT.7 NOW INSTEAD, YOU OUGHT TO FORGIVE AND COMFORT HIM, SO THAT HE WILL NOT BE OVERWHELMED BY EXCESSIVE SORROW. 8 I URGE YOU, THEREFORE, TO REAFFIRM YOUR LOVE FOR HIM.
So what Paul did worked. He returned and repented to the church!
So pray tell me how in the world, can someone construe this verse to say that Paul handed this man to Satan so that he will lose his salvation?
Paul says in verse 2 and 7 and 13 that the man who is guilty of this impenitent immorality is to be removed from the church: “Remove the wicked man from among yourselves” (v. 13). But he gives his answer more fully in verses 3-5: “For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present.” In other words Paul cannot be there in person, but says that he will exert what influence he can from a distance (perhaps by prayer) to see that the discipline is effective.
He goes on in verse 4: “In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled [which is why we are not doing this in private, but in the assembly of the church], and I with you in spirit [in other words, you can count on Paul’s approval and the presence of his influence by prayer], with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 I have decided [that you ought] to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”
To what does it refer?
This man is, in effect, excommunicated from the church so that he can experience the full spiritual, physical, emotional, mental and social consequences of his sinful actions. Essentially what this means for the church is that they should not fellowship with him (see 5:10-11, 13), for it is primarily in fellowship with other Spirit-led believers where there is grace, peace, mercy, and love.
The hope is that when he sees how destructive his actions were to himself and to his life, and when he begins to miss the loving fellowship of other believers, he will repent of his ways, and be restored to fellowship (cf. 2 Thess 3:14-15).
So take heart. God is able to do all things to ensure your salvation is intact!
That’s myth 17. Here are the rest!
For myth No. 2, please go to: https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/70-myths-about-losing-salvation-myth-no-2-hardening-your-heart-hebrews-312-13-3/”>https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/70-myths-about-losing-salvation-myth-no-2-hardening-your-heart-hebrews-312-13-3/
For myth No. 3, 20 and 50 please refer to:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/70-myths-about-losing-salvation-myth-3-and-20-you-can-lose-your-salvation-if-you-shrink-back-and-when-you-sin-willfully-3/
For myth No: 4 please refer to:https://hischarisisenough.wordpress.com/2012/06/11/70-myths-on-losing-salvation-4-doctrine-of-demons-3/