I am feeling adventurous today so I am going to pose this question for debate. I didn't necessarily want this to become an apologetics blog. There are many good ones out there. I may never do this again, but as I said today I was feeling adventurous. I wrote a very benign post below on how I plan meals today too. Nothing too controversial about meal planning. :-)
Is Assurance of Salvation a Good Thing?
Think carefully and follow the theme to its logical conclusion.
First Premise: A man believes he is assured of his salvation is confident that he is bound for Heaven.
Second premise: As a normal human being, he has both a conscience and concupiscence.
Minor premise: This man has an attachment to to a particular grave sinful activity (i.e. excessive drinking, sexual sins, shirking at work, etc.), but is otherwise a "good" man.
Minor conclusion: This man sins and regrets it, yet continues to sin.
Initial conclusion: The man comes to believe his guilt about sin is something he should not worry about because his salvation is assured. Thus he begins to suppress his natural guilt when he commits his favorite sin.
Final conclusion: The man concludes that sin is not really important, nor is avoiding sin important, because salvation is assured. He gives up thinking in terms of "sin" altogether and is able to justify any behavior because he is assured of Heaven.
Is assurance of salvation healthy? Is it rather presuming on God's mercy?
Is this logical progression correct? Well, since we are talking in very broad generalities, the answer is "Sometimes." But does "sometimes" mean often or not often?