Nothing Can Separate Us?


Nothing Can Separate Us?

Certainly, one of the most commonly misunderstood passages in the Bible is Rom. 8:38,39, as commonly presented by the eternal security teachers of our day. These two often-mentioned verses say:

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the LOVE OF GOD that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

In quoting this passage, the eternal security adherents argue that it proves that once we are saved we are always saved; and even though “sin” isn’t mentioned in Paul’s list, it is understood to be included, hence no sin committed after initial salvation will condemn a person!

The first thing that needs to be stressed is there is a definite DIFFERENCE between the “LOVE” of God as mentioned in Rom. 8:38,39 and the “LIFE” of God, according to Scripture! This is easily proven by noting that UNSAVED people are LOVED by God, even though they are devoid of His LIFE! A clear case in point is the rich, young ruler who was certainly UNSAVED, yet LOVED by Jesus (Mk. 10:21)!

It must be further noted that this same unsaved man, like all unsaved people, are “separated from the LIFE of God,” (Eph. 4:18) but, again, not separated from His LOVE! Since one only has salvation when he has the LIFE of God , Rom. 8:38,39 does NOT assure an unconditional salvation on the basis of God’s infinite love!

“Your Iniquities Have SEPARATED You From Your God”

Finally, those who read the word “sin” into the list cited by Paul in Rom. 8:38,39 contradict the clear and the plain truth for Isa. 59:2 states, “But your iniquities have SEPARATED you from your God”!

Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise, even a fluent-speaking, popular TV and/or radio teacher or author! The Apostle Paul wrote,

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God ? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God ” (1 Cor. 6:9,10).

To try to limit this listing to only those that never tasted salvation, as some do, is to deny the basic meaning of these words, according to the dictionary! By this I mean an “adulterer” is a person, ANY person, who commits adultery. This is factual even if the person was saved BEFORE his act of adultery, as David clearly was! Hence, the people cited in 1 Cor. 6:9,10, though numerous in our country, will ALL go to the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8), the only other place to go if one misses the kingdom of God, that is, unless they repent! One can only wonder how many people described in 1 Cor. 6:9,10 and Rev. 21:8 have no fear of going to Hell because they were DECEIVED by eternal security teachers!


–Dan Corner


[Another observation that may be made about Romans 8:38-39 is that the “love” mentioned by Paul is given to us through and “in Christ Jesus” (v. 39).  If we continue in Christ—in union with Him—we can experience the special, intimate, Fatherly love of God.  But we cannot claim that love if we turn away from our blessed Lord Jesus through rebellious sin.  Obviously, another point about this passage is that surely Paul does not have sin, rebellion, unbelief, apostasy and such things in mind when we mentions the various items that cannot separate us from God’s love.  RH]


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