As a devoted Christian, I take an interest in the religious beliefs of other denominational sects. I was especially intrigued by the Mennonites after I heard that they believe in salvation by works and obeying the Lord’s commandments. I decided to visit a Mennonite Church to learn more about the Mennonite teachings. Last Monday, as I was teaching my college theology students about how the Mennonites view the doctrine of eternal security, one of them asked me what this church believes about salvation. Another was curious to find out how Mennonites achieve salvation. Since I had first-hand experience from attending the Mennonite church and conducting in-depth research, I had all the right answers at my fingertips. So, do Mennonites believe in eternal security?
No. The Mennonites do not believe in eternal security. Though they believe that one is saved through God’s grace, they suggest that every believer has the free will to maintain the right relationship with Christ or abandon it. If a person chooses to abandon it, they lose the right to salvation. Therefore, the Mennonites embrace the insecurity doctrine.
In this article, I invite you to join me as we delve into the doctrine of eternal security. Keep reading to find out if the Mennonites believe in eternal security, what they believe about salvation, and much more!
What do Mennonites believe about the doctrine of Eternal Security?
Unlike other Christians that believe that once you are saved, you will always be saved, the Mennonites embrace the insecurity doctrine. They believe that God has given every member of the Mennonite church free will, and one can decide to live a life of sin and separate themselves from the body of Christ even if they were once saved.
The Mennonites do not believe in the doctrine of Eternal Security. They believe the sins of a person who was once a believer can break the bond of eternal life. If this happens, the Mennonite church prays for the individual, but there is a possibility that the person may forfeit their right to salvation. If the person continues sinning and refuses to repent, they are excommunicated or suspended from the Mennonite Church. However, the Bible tells us that anyone who believes in Christ has eternal life (John 3:15)
What do Mennonites believe about salvation?
The Mennonites believe that one is saved through the gift of God’s grace, as recorded in Ephesians 2:8-9. They believe that Jesus died and resurrected to save them from sin and that salvation brings a new way of life (John 11:25-26). Man can’t save himself from sin. According to the Mennonites, it is only through Christ that one is reconciled with God and brought into the community of His people. God saves people without coercion.
Since the Mennonites do not believe in the doctrine of Eternal security, they suggest that one has to maintain a good relationship with Jesus to remain saved. Therefore they believe in salvation by works and obeying God’s commandments.
How do Mennonites achieve salvation?
The Mennonites believe that one can achieve salvation by repenting their sin and accepting Christ as their Lord and Savior. When people hear the news of God’s love, the Holy Spirit moves them to accept His gift of salvation.
According to them, salvation is only achieved when one responds, in the same way, Zacchaeus responded to the invitation of Jesus. (Luke 19) In this passage, Zacchaeus acknowledged his sin and chose to repent. Jesus then told him that salvation had come to his house.
Once people accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they must be baptized. The Mennonites view this act as a sign of cleansing. After receiving salvation, the Mennonites believe that one must shun evil, place their complete trust in God and begin fellowshipping with other believers. They have to obey the faith in the word and always walk in the footsteps of Jesus to avoid losing the gift of salvation.
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