by Ulrik V. Koren
NOTE: LSQ stands for Lutheran Synod Quarterly, where this essay was published. Koren was a leading theologian of the old Norwegian Synod, which was in fellowship (for a while) with the Missouri Synod in the 19th century. Today, among many Evangelicals, the Calvinist doctrine of the perseverence of the saints (the P in TULIP), is popular. Lutherans reject the “once saved, always saved” teaching, while at the same time we teach that a Christian can and should be certain of his salvation. Koren’s paper speaks to the issues of our day.