The false gospel of “enduring to the end” is doctrinal poison. It has ship wrecked the faith of many believers, and shut many would be believers out of the kingdom. It is what Jesus was alluding to when he condemned the Pharisees for shutting others out of the kingdom of heaven.
The main fallacy of “enduring to the end” is a ridiculous one. It sounds like a noble endeavor, but logically, and from a purely practical viewpoint, this false gospel asserts that one must get saved, and work to stay saved, and “continue in the faith” “to the end” to see the pearly gates. If he fails at the end? oh well, tough stuff. Calvinism teaches this also.
Now: Consider this:
Lazy creatures that we are, why not just wait “til the end”? Why waste a life trying? or why run race you know you may not win? In the case of many drug addicts and alcoholics, if a man knows he doesn’t have “what it takes” to live this “life of holiness” that these conditional salvationist Pharisees are advertising, then why bother with it in the first place? I have saw many people walk away from the Lord, or reject the gospel altogether on those grounds alone.
First off, these addicts, with few exceptions, all felt they were not “good enough for salvation”, “too dirty” “I’ve sinned too much” “I have to “clean up first”.”I won’t ever be good enough”. And if they did clean up, and were “good enough”for a time, as many had over and over in the past, intuitively, then the first time they slipped up and “fell off the wagon”, they were back in the flames, so why bother with it? I have heard every one of those responses.
I have preached to drug addicts, and alcoholics who had been decieved by this works “endure to the end”, works based gospel. It truly is a damnable heresy, and even many believers are buying into it.
Look at it from a lost mans view point: One could live an entire life “enduring”, then blow it at the last minute. What a waste? Why would a man set himself up for failure? Why bother? Why not just live like you want and wait “for the end”? No need to “endure” and set yourself up for possible failure, . Just wait “to the end”. No preacher, I’ll just wait, no sense in riding the roller coaster.
Last rites anyone? Silly religion.
The end result causes folks to refuse the gospel, simply because they feel they are not good enough for Jesus.
Many people haved died unsaved in addiction after totally giving up, or are still struggling to “get good enough” for the Lord. The results of this poisonous false gospel “enduring to the end”, are truly heartbreaking.
Matt 23:13. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
Jesus loves us sins and all. Without condition. We are justified by faith alone, and his shed blood is all sufficient.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
If our sins or “good works” or “enduring to the end” had anything to do with it, not even the most righteous man among us would merit salvation. It is the gift of God: not of works, lest any boast. God bless!