All Bible-believers take Scripture seriously and literally in matters of salvation, but is the same true when it comes to matters of historical science? Many, even among those who profess to be fundamentalists, adopt methods of interpretation that are allegorical or even mythological approaches to certain portions of Scripture rather than understanding the texts of the Bible contextually, normally, literally, historically, and grammatically.
[The following helpful article was written over fifty years ago by Franklin G. Huling, a faculty member of the FEA’s Fundamental Bible Institute. The truths contained herein are just as important and timely today when so many are twisting the Scriptures to advance their own agendas.]
The question of whether or not a true believer can lose his salvation after having been justified by faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ has existed within the church almost from its inception. In fact, during the persecution of the early church in the second and third centuries, many individuals who were facing the prospect of torment and even death chose to renounce their faith in order to avoid suffering a painful and often lethal punishment.
One thing the Bible makes as clear as day, and the experience of millions has proven it to be true—there are not a dozen ways to get to heaven. There is just one road that leads to the City, just one entrance to the City and consequently just one foundation upon which we may rest our hopes of salvation.
1. Science is a human enterprise which leads to knowledge of the natural world. This knowledge is tentative, not absolute, and is subject to revision based upon new empirical data. Science deals with observable, reproducible data.
2. The Scriptural revelation provides knowledge about both the natural world and the supernatural. This knowledge is absolute and is not subject to revision based upon empirical data.