I hope no one will mind, but I am seeing several misrepresentations going on here that I want to correct.
First of all, with regards to the judgement and living a sinful life, it is not that we are saved and all sin is covered and then we just go out and become immoral people. As Ephesians 2:10 says, we are his workmanship created in him for good works. The works that we do are a result of our justification. That is, they are evidence of our right standing in Christ because he unfailingly produces them in our life. It is important to keep in mind that from the reformed perspective, it is by his will alone that we are saved. As Romans says:
Romans 9:11-16 for though *the twins *were not yet born and had not done anything good or bad, so that God’s purpose according to *His *choice would stand, not because of works but because of Him who calls, 12 it was said to her, “THE OLDER WILL SERVE THE YOUNGER.” 13 Just as it is written, “JACOB I LOVED, BUT ESAU I HATED.” 14 What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I WILL HAVE MERCY ON WHOM I HAVE MERCY, AND I WILL HAVE COMPASSION ON WHOM I HAVE COMPASSION.” 16 So then it *does *not *depend *on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy.
Notice that it is God who decides who he will have mercy on. He does not decide his mercy on the basis of works, but before they were born or had done anything good or evil. Notice that it also says that it does not depend upon human willing or running, but upon God who has mercy. The text goes on to say in v.21-23 that God makes vessels of wrath and vessles of mercy. Hence, if one is a vessel of mercy, God makes and fits it for that purpose independent of human will or effort. That is the basis of Eternal Security.
I would agree with all of the critiques of Free-Will eternal security. That is why I believe the foundation is in a denial of the autonomious will, and that is where the discussion needs to focus. The perseverence of the saints is based upon the will of the father for the son. As Jesus says:
** John 6:37-39 **
"All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. 38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 "This is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all that He has given Me I lose nothing, but raise it up on the last day.
Notice what else Jesus says that is important. in this same passage:
** John 6:44 **
**"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day.
Hence, it is not possible to come to Christ outside of the drawing of the father [which shows that it is not possible to get to heaven unless you are elect], and that once you have been drawn by the father, you will be raised up at the last day.
I just felt I needed to correct some misapprehensions about the reformed faith. It is a complete misrepresentation to say that we do not believe that we will be judged at the last day, or we say that we can go out and live an antinomian lifestyle. It is all based upon the total and complete soverignty of God to do as he pleases with us as his creations.