Q. I was having a discussion with a friend about eternal security, we seemed to be in agreement for the most part. However, he presented me with a scripture that I would like some help understanding the meaning, “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Rev 22:19). Please assist me with some insight as to whether this scripture is saying that you can lose your salvation.
A. There are enough unconditional declarations of Eternal Security for the Church in the New Testament to make it an established fact. Among the clearest ones are John 6:37-40, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:38-39, Ephes. 1:13-14 and 2 Cor. 1:21-22.
Since the Bible is the inspired word of God and can’t contradict itself Rev. 22:19 has to be saying that editing the Book of Revelation is an indication that the person doing so is not part of the Church and therefore not a recipient of the blessing of Eternal Security. Otherwise it would stand in opposition to these clear promises of God.