I'd Have To Plug My Ears...
|"But if thy brother be grieved with
thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy
not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died." [Romans 14:15]
IF I tempt my Christian brother by eating something
that he feels is a sin to eat and I eat it right in front of him,
and I grieve him and cause his faith in God to flounder, Saint Paul
indicates that it is possible to trip the brother so much that he
could be destroyed! When something is destroyed it is fully ruined, not
limited damage, but total, ultimate and complete damage! That means
my Christian brother could lose his salvation because of some unwise
thing I might do. Why would Paul have written such a thing if there
is no way that a once saved believer can be lost??|
|"And he that doubteth is
DAMNED if he eat, because he eateth not of faith:
for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." [Romans 14:23]|
"DAMNED" is a very, very strong word. This scripture is not speaking to sinners, but to Christians. Christians who fail to have the faith that God has okayed them to do a questionable thing, will surely bring damnation to their eternal life and set themselves on a course toward eternal death in Hell! I would have to take a pair of scissors and cut this verse from my Bible if I believe that it is impossible for a born again Christian to lose their salvation. Those who believe in eternal security no matter how a Christian lives or acts can't believe this Scripture means what it says and says what it means! The simple understanding of this Scripture is that we must have true belief that something we are doing is okay with the Lord, or we better not do it because any doubt puts us in the position of disobeying the Lord (even if HE does okay that thing). And, disobedience to the Lord brings damnation, which is to fall back and be lost if one fails to repent and pray through concerning that disobedience.
|"We then, as workers together with
him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in
vain." [2nd Corinthians 6:1] If it is impossible
for a born again Christian to miss Heaven, then how can we receive
"the grace of God in vain??"
"In vain" means to no advantage, a total waste. Paul is warning his
readers not to let the salvation effort turn out to be a total waste.
How could the Christian life turn into a total waste if a Christian
can't possibly receive "the grace of God
in vain." |
|"But I keep under my body, and bring
it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to
others, I myself should be a CASTAWAY."
[1st Corinthians 9:27] Saint Paul admits that he must actively resist
the fleshly nature or risk becoming a "CASTAWAY." A
"CASTAWAY" is something rejected, let go into
destruction, a piece of trash that ends up in the dump." Paul's talking
about ultimate loss here. So how do I take this scripture seriously
if I believe that there is no way a born again Christian can back slide
so throughly that they miss Heaven?? |
|"And if thy hand offend thee, cut it
off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two
hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:
Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched."
[Mark 9:43-44] Jesus warns HIS disciples that if a
part of their body somehow should cause them to have such a serious
problem that their salvation and eternal life is jeopardized, then
they ought to cut off that part, or pluck it out. It is better to enter
eternal life "maimed" than to
enter eternal destruction in Hell as a perfect physical specimen.
I'm fairly sure that if the disciples had read John Calvin one of them
might have interrupted at this point and said, "Wait a minute, Lord!!
Why are you saying this?? A believer cannot lose their salvation.
Once you are saved you are saved and you cannot lose out. Remember,
Lord, once-in-grace-always-in-grace, right??" Why in the
world would Jesus have spoken this way to HIS chosen, believing,
dedicated followers telling them that they had better get serious
enough to amputate a hand if there was any danger that hand might
draw them into Hell??? Why would HE say such a thing if it is impossible
or even improbable for a true believer to lose out???? Losing out
must be a looming possibility, because Jesus would never confuse us.
The modern "eternal security" teaching just doesn't even ring true with
the sayings of Jesus Christ from the dusty roads of The Holy Land!!
So why do so many people believe this doctrine of John Calvin over
the Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ??? As you read
further down this page you are going to find many, many Scriptures that
contradict the modern teaching of "eternal security."|
|"And these are they likewise which
are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word,
immediately receive it with gladness; And have no root in
themselves, and so endure but for a time:
afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word's
sake, immediately they are offended." [Mark 4:16-17]
So Jesus tells us that some people who receive the
Gospel, "endure but for a
time..." In other words Jesus says that some
will be "once in grace," but will not endure or
remain in that grace. Jesus is saying that some come fully into HIS
Kingdom and then go fully out and return back into darkness! I can't
be a "once saved always saved" (O.S.A.S.) and listen to that
Scripture! I would need to cut that scripture right out of my Bible
if I was an O.S.A.S.|
|"And when ye stand praying, forgive,
if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in
heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not
forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your
trespasses." [Mark 11:25-26]|
Jesus tells his disciples (not sinners, but believers) that if they fail to forgive people who offend them or sin against them,... HE tells them that our Heavenly Father in Heaven will refuse to forgive we believers of our wrong doings. This saying of Jesus certainly is a scripture I would have to ignore if I was a follower of the "once saved always saved no matter what" tradition. How can a Christian who refuses to forgive his brother and who loses the forgiveness of the Heavenly Father....how can that believer enter Heaven??? How can an unforgiven person still be Heaven bound??? How can a Christian who fails to forgive, who is once-saved-always-saved-no-matter-what enter Heaven unforgiven??? The bottom line has to be that the teaching of "once saved always saved no matter what" can't be believed unless you ignore much scripture, stand on your head, close one eye, turn off part of your brain and believe the vain teachings of men with great stubbornness.
|"They on the rock are they, which,
when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root,
which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall
away." [Luke 8:13]|
Jesus says that the seed of the Word of God will enter the hearts of some who will believe and will receive the Word of God, but in time of temptation "fall away." When a sailor falls off the ship he is totally and completely lost at sea, until or unless they go back and pull him out of the ocean. When sky divers "fall away" from their plane they don't make land fall with the pilot! They stop being airplane passengers in mid-flight! Their plane ride is all over! Jesus is plainly telling us that some people will become Christians and later backslide completely out of the faith. Therefore, Jesus is telling us that "once in grace always in grace" is not the only path that converts can travel! Jesus is saying that some true believers will fall from grace and become apostate, dead, Hell-bound!!
|"For it is impossible for those who
were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and
were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word
of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall
fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they
crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open
shame. For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it,
and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth
blessing from God: But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected,
and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned."
The writer of the Book of Hebrews tells us that advanced believers who come into the fullness of the Holy Ghost, receive a gift of the Spirit, experience the powers of the world to come, should they backslide, there may not be a way back for them. I imagine this Scripture is referring to those who sin against the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us that those who sin against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. But my point is that Hebrews tells us that it is possible for the most advanced believers to totally lose out with God and miss Heaven! If it is possible for the most advanced to lose out and be lost, it only stands to reason that it is possible for all and any believer to make a choice that will erase them from the Lambs Book of Life!
|"Then Simon himself believed also: and
when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding
the miracles and signs which were done." [Acts 8:13]|
"But Peter said unto him [Simon], Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money." [Acts 8:20]
Simon truly received Jesus and became a Christian. But when Simon offered Peter money in order to try and purchase a gift of God to release the Holy Spirit upon people's lives, Peter said something very harsh in the original language of Greek.. Peter said something like, "May your money go into the pit of destruction along with you!" So Peter, basically did not believe in "once in grace always in grace for any and all." Simon was told that he and his money were going to Hell together. So Simon begged for Peter to pray that this wouldn't be.
|"For if any man see thee which hast
knowledge sit at meat in the idol's temple, shall not the conscience
of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are
offered to idols; And through thy knowledge shall the weak
brother perish, for whom Christ died? But when ye
sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye
sin against Christ. Wherefore, if meat make my brother to offend,
I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother
to offend." [1st Corinthians 8:10-13]|
St. Paul indicates that he firmly believed that it is possible to offend another Christian brother and cause that brother to "PERISH." Paul warns all Christians down through history to be careful, and not to do anything that brings temptation to another Christian. In fact Paul concludes that we should even greatly inconvenience ourselves to prevent such a tragedy. It is a matter of life and death! Paul uses the word "PERISH". "PERISH" is a fatal word! When people "PERISH" in an accident, they are fatalities whose next stop is the morgue!! Paul surely must have believed that Christians could backslide so thoroughly that they could fall from God's graces into the evil one's kingdom. That is why he used the word "PERISH." If Paul believed in the "once saved always saved" doctrine, then he would NOT have written these verses. If the "once saved always saved" doctrine were correct, then we could always say to an offended Christian brother or sister: "GET OVER IT! IF YOU DON'T LIKE WHAT I DO, GROW UP AND TOUGHEN UP!""
|"...but he that endureth
to the end shall be saved." [Matthew 10:22b]|
These are the words of Jesus Christ. He was speaking of the many trials and tribulations that HIS followers might endure. He tells us that those that "...endureth to the end shall be saved." Jesus didn't believe "once saved always saved no matter what."
Jesus teaches us that it is where you are at the end of your journey that makes all the difference. It isn't that you were "once saved" that matters. It is if you endure to the end and stay saved that you can be eternally secured.
Why would Jesus Christ say this if Christians automatically endure to the end and cannot be lost once they are born again??? If you believe in "once saved always saved no matter what," then you need to get your scissors out and cut these 10 words of Jesus from the book of Matthew!
|"But a certain man named Ananias, with
Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price,
his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and
laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why
hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost,
and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained,
was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own
power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not
lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down,
and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that
heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up,
and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of
three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.
And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for
so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her,
How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit
of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy
husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down
straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men
came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by
her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon
as many as heard these things." [Acts 5:1-11]
"Wherefore I say unto you, All manner
of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy
against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men."
The O.S.A.S. doctrine teaches that if anyone who appears to be a Christian, but sins in such a way as to prove that they can't possibly be a Christian, then they proclaim that the person in question never was a Christian in the first place. That is because they believe once you are in grace, you will always remain in the grace of a Christian on the way to Heaven. Therefore people who turn out to be totally wicked, but moved in church circles, must have been infiltrators and not real Christians, because Christians, they say, can't fall totally into apostasy.
Ananias and Sapphira could not have been sinners who infiltrated the early church. If that were the case then Peter would have had to say something different to them than he did! Peter might have had to apologize to Ananias and Sapphira and might have had to say, "Sadly we are lacking in the gift of discernment around here, because we thought you were true believers, but apparently you never were, because "once saved always saved" means that anyone who did what you did must never have known Christ in the first place!! And you fooled us into thinking you were Christians!"
But Peter did not speak to them as pagan infiltrators. He spoke to them as one believer to another. He asked them "...why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost...?" That isn't a question for a pagan infiltrator. That is a question for a person who has known the Lord and turned back into darkness. A pagan infiltrator would certainly, already have had their heart given over to lies. It isn't a matter of a pagan suddenly letting Satan do anything. Pagans and sinners are already Satan's slaves. Ananias and Sapphira had to be believers who scuttled their relationship with God. Peter says that Ananias' heart was filled by Satan "...to lie to the Holy Ghost."
The reason this event struck fear in the hearts of every believer who heard the story is because it defined just how easy it is to commit "blasphemy against the Holy Ghost!" Jesus said blasphemy against the Spirit of God was unforgivable. This shocking event in the life of the early church underlined the fact that the Holy Spirit was the controller of that First Century church and that, truly, the Holy Spirit has been selected by God the Father and God the Son to be the governor of the church in all eras. Bringing a lie into the church is to lie to the Holy Spirit of God Almighty. That is why Ananias and Sapphira immediately fell dead. I might add that it is my opinion that the reason we have not seen such things in modern times is that the Holy Spirit is not allowed to be the governor of the Church of Jesus Christ today. The Spirit of God has been replaced by committees and clergy.
Ananias and Sapphira had rigorously grieved the Holy Spirit, who is the carrier of forgiveness and all the supernatural operations of the church of Jesus Christ. When a believer grievously wounds the very bridge that can carry them back to God, then there is no hope for that person. The Holy Spirit is that bridge. There was no reason for these two to go on living. They had become a cancer that would do the church no good. There was no chance for them to be redeemed. They had made themselves Satan's permanent property. They had sealed their own doom for all eternity. There was no reason for them to live on earth another second. There is no way that this story makes any sense, whatsoever, if O.S.A.S. teaching is a reality. Let me show you why.
Let's suppose that the doctrine of O.S.A.S. is a reality. That means that Ananias and Sapphira were never believers in the first place. They were infiltrators, or confused people who thought they were Christians. That means that they would not understand very much about the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would just be a name to them. Jesus tells us that unbelievers do not know, nor are they aware of the Holy Spirit.
"Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." [John 14:17]
Somehow the punishment doesn't exactly fit the crime if they don't even know what they are doing. Also, if they were never Christians, in the first place, Peter doesn't seem to know that. So, Peter appears out of touch with the Spirit of God. How could he know, by the Spirit of God, that they were going to drop dead in the next second, but not even bring up the fact that they were imposters when he confronted them??
If O.S.A.S. is the true doctrine, then in this story they lose their lives because they are infiltrators and fakes. Satan couldn't have tricked them because they were already his tricked children. The whole episode doesn't add up if you believe in O.S.A.S.
Here is another very interesting point for you to think about. Above I've quoted two Scriptures concerning the Holy Spirit. In one scripture Jesus says that a sin against the Holy Spirit cannot and will not be forgiven. In The second verse Jesus says that non-Christians don't even fathom who or what exactly the Holy Spirit is. Those two Scriptures together make a very strong case that a born again believer would probably be the person who might sin against the Holy Spirit because only a born again believer would be able to understand enough to be considered guilty of such a sin. But if "once saved always saved" is the only possibility for a believer then you come up against a big problem. A Christian who sins against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven...but he would never lose his salvation either. So how can that add up??? Does that mean that Christians who sinned against the Holy Spirit will be in Heaven anyway. Unforgiven sinners can't enter Heaven! So here again is another reason why I cannot receive the teaching that it is impossible for believers to lose out with God.
|"Wherefore let him that thinketh he
standeth take heed lest he FALL."
[1st Corinthians 10:12]|
This scripture appears right after Paul has been talking about how the children of Israel died like flies for all their disobedience in their 40 year journey to the Promised Land. Like for example verse five really sets us up for verse 12!
"But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness." [1st Corinthians 10:5]
You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that many Israelites bit the dust in the desert because of disobedience and unthankfulness. Two million died, and only Joshua and Caleb made it to the Promised Land, of those who exited Egypt! Even Moses didn't make it! So, when Paul warns me that I better "...take heed lest.." I "...FALL;" and he uses the disobedience and overthrow of two million Jews in the wilderness as a back-up, I know Paul is not messing around. I know Paul isn't going to all this trouble of writing this warning just to save me from getting my mansion majorly down-sized in Heaven. Paul is talking about ultimate loss. Why would Paul waste his valuable time trying to keep me from ending up in an RV park in Heaven rather than a golden Mansion?? Just getting to Heaven is awesome! Even if I ended up in a pup-tent in Heaven, it would be wonderful and glorious! Paul wouldn't take his valuable time to warn me of such a slight loss. NO! Paul is talking about big-time falling, big-time losses!! He's talking about Christians missing Heaven and going into a devil's Hell and on to the Lake of Fire!
|"For he that eateth and drinketh
unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself,
not discerning the Lord's body." [1st Corinthians 11:29]|
All Christians know that "damnation" is not God giving your Heavenly mansion to someone else, and demoting you down to being a street person in Heaven! "Damnation" is total loss! And Paul warns Christians that if they don't prepare themselves spiritually and judge themselves and repent and get right before they take the Lord's Supper that they are playing around with a ticket to sickness, and early death or even a one way trip to Hell!
|"Christ is become of no effect unto you,
whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen
from grace." [Galatians 5:4]|
St. Paul admits that he doesn't believe in O.S.A.S., because he warns the Galatians who are turning back from faith in Christ and the leading of the Holy Spirit to obedience to the Jewish Ceremonial Laws. He warns them that if they turn to trusting in the Law for salvation again, that they will have "fallen from grace!!" Fallen is fallen! "Fallen from grace" will be eternally fatal if you don't rectify that condition!
|This I say then, Walk in the Spirit,
and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh....Now the works of the
flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations,
wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness,
revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have
also told you in time past, that THEY WHICH DO SUCH THINGS
SHALL NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD."
[Galatians 5:16, 19-21]|
St. Paul warns the Galatian believers in his entire letter about the fact that someone has come along and convinced them that they should turn back to Jewish ceremonial laws. Paul is very concerned because that move is a move against the Holy Spirit of God and a move against the guidance of the Holy Spirit. When God's people move away from the leadership of the Holy Spirit sin begins to grow like mold in the church. Today we are seeing sins like Paul mentions appearing inside churches! We need the leadership of the Holy Ghost. The Galatian church was in big trouble when they moved against the Holy Ghost. Such a move will lead to sin and Paul is concerned because such a move can cause the Galatian Christians to end up losing their inheritance in the Kingdom of God. If "once saved always saved, no matter what" is a true doctrine then much of the writings of St. Paul are a big waste of time!! If Christians cannot fall back and lose out then there is absolutely NO gigantic reason for Paul to be so upset and concerned about sin in the church. In fact we could even argue that Paul was a "worry wart" because if a Christian cannot lose out on Heaven then Paul is meddling and scaring believers and we can warn people not to read Paul's letters. I believe St. Paul to be correct. Don't you agree??
|"And you, that were sometime alienated
and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and
unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue
in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the
hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was
preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am
made a minister;.." [Colossians 1:21-23]|
Paul tells the Colossian Christians that they are "reconciled" and will be presented "holy and unblameable and unreproveable,"...IF ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel..."
Paul warns the Colossians that they can only be presented holy "if" they "CONTINUE in the faith." If I accept O.S.A.S., then I must admit that Paul was confused here. There can be no "ifs" on the Heavenly outcome for those who once believed and received. O.S.A.S. says that the saints will remain in the faith no matter what! Those who accept O.S.A.S. believe salvation once attained is "a done deal that cannot be altered, and your ticket to Heaven is certain. Relax! Live a little!"
|"For this cause, when I could no
longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means
the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in
vain." [1st Thessalonians 3:5]|
This verse of Scripture will have to be ignored if I accept O.S.A.S., because if that doctrine is true there is no way that Paul could have labored in vain, even if the faith of the Thessalonians had failed. They would not miss Heaven. They were guaranteed entrance, according to O.S.A.S. So Paul's labor would succeed no matter what. The Thessalonians might have lost all their Heavenly treasures. They might have to go to Heaven and get a pup-tent for a mansion...but at least they couldn't go to Hell, because O.S.A.S. says they made their "decision for Christ," and they can't miss Heaven, right??" Seriously, though, isn't it very clear here that Saint Paul was not a believer in Once Saved Always Saved no matter what (O.S.A.S). If Paul's labor was in vain then that has to mean a total waste. A total waste is the lose of everything, the loss of the salvation of the Thessalonians. That is why Paul wrote his epistles: to make sure his converts didn't fall away and lose their souls!
|"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,
that in the latter times some shall depart from the
faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines
of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared
with a hot iron;.." [1st Timothy 4:1-2]|
This Scripture is a big problem if I am O.S.A.S.!! The Bible says in another place that liars cannot enter Heaven. In this verse Paul tells us that some will depart from the faith and speak lies! To further complicate this Scripture for the O.S.A.S. folks we hear Paul saying that the Holy Spirit, HIMSELF, spoke this truth "expressly!" I can't be an O.S.A.S. because I would have to fight the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is NEVER wrong. If the Holy Spirit says Christians are going to depart from the faith, then it will happen! No, I CAN'T agree with this O.S.A.S. stuff! I would have to plug my ears against the Spirit of God, and that is too big a "no no" for me!
because they have cast off their first faith." [1st Timothy
Oh no! Paul comes out and bluntly says that young Christian widows, if they don't control themselves, can throw away their faith and be damned!
|"But they that will be rich
fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and
hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and
perdition." [1st Timothy 6:9]|
If I were an O.S.A.S. person I would have to plug my ears to this Scripture for sure! That's because Paul tells Timothy here that Christians that desire riches can fall into temptation that can "drown" them in "perdition." In the KJV "perdition" means punishment in Hell! Oh, that just doesn't fit with the O.S.A.S. doctrine, no matter what!
|"For if after they have escaped
the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein,
and OVERCOME, the latter end is worse with them than
the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known
the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn
from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened
unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his
own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the
mire." [2 Peter 2:20-22] Saint Peter definitely didn't
believe in O.S.A.S.!! In this Scripture Peter comes out and tells what
happens to a believer who has "...escaped
the pollutions of the world through...Christ,..."
but falls back into darkness again, and is "OVERCOME".
"Overcome" is one of those absolute words. When a person is "overcome"
by smoke it means they are defeated by the smoke, rendered unconscious,
and on the way out of this world, unless someone gets to them very,
very quickly! Peter says when they fall back they are worse off
than a person who never knew Christ and remained a career sinner. |
|"Examine yourselves, whether
ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your
own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be
reprobates?" [2 Corinthians 13:5] Saint Paul
wanted the Corinthians to check themselves out to see if they were
still "in the faith!" Why in
the world would Paul ask them to check to see if they were still "in the faith" if falling out of the
faith is impossible???? The dictionary says that the word "reprobate"
means, "One who is predestined to damnation." Paul is asking them to
check themselves out to see if they are still in the faith or they
are predestined to damnation. It certainly sounds to me like God
doesn't lock the door behind me and swallow the key when I receive
Jesus Christ as my Savior. God is NOT a kidnapper! I can't be an
O.S.A.S. or I'd have to
plug my ears every time somebody read this verse!|
|"Watch ye therefore, and pray always,
that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that
shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of
man. [Luke 21:36] Jesus, Himself, hints
that believers must pray and watch, seeking the Lord very fervently
and seriously because to fail in the last days to do this could be
disastrous! Apparently there is some chance that a believer could
be disqualified for the privilege of standing before the Son of Man,
Jesus Christ, in that later hour. In other words, a believer might
slip back such that the believer could not stand erect in the glory of
the Christ, but would fall upon their face as a derelict, a failure,
a lost one! If O.S.A.S. is true there is no reason for such an
occurrence. The believer remains under the blood of Christ no matter
what. But Jesus apparently believes there is enough danger to warn us
to pray and watch!|
|"And his lord was wroth
[angry], and delivered him to the
tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you,
if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their
trespasses." [Matthew 18:34-35] In this parable
of Jesus Christ's [See Matthew 18:23-35], our Lord tells the story of
a totally forgiven servant who refused to forgive his fellow servant.
The King, who represents the Heavenly Father, removes HIS pardon
from off the head of the servant who was forgiven much! Then the
King turns that unforgiving servant over to the tormentors, until
the servant totally pays back his bill. We know that it takes an
eternity of eternities in the Lake of Fire to pay back for our sins.
A servant given over to the tormentors and imprisoned in a torture
chamber has no chance to run any side jobs to make extra money to pay
back a debt. So we know that this servant who was once forgiven has
sealed his own doom. This parable is a very strong evidence that God
HIMSELF does not believe in O.S.A.S. as our only route. It does not
seem plausible that Jesus would have confused us with such a parable
that hints one can fall from the good graces of the Heavenly Father.
Jesus wouldn't have told such a story if it were not possible to fall
from our Father's good graces!|
|"For we are made partakers of Christ,
IF we hold the beginning of our confidence
stedfast unto the end; [Hebrews 3:14]
The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews is inspired by the Holy
Spirit to tell us that our connection with Jesus Christ and ultimate
union with Jesus Christ is not based merely on what we do at the
beginning of our Christian walk! Instead the outcome of our faith is
based predominantly on whether we hold together and maintain our "confidence stedfast UNTO THE END."
This Scripture basically denies the possibility that all Christ's
children will automatically persist and enter Heaven solely based on
their initial salvation experience. Instead this Scripture tells us
that it isn't how we start as much as it is how we finish our pilgrimage
that determines our outcome with or without Christ. Verse 12 also
strengthens this when it says, "Take Heed,
brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief,
in departing from the living God." So the writer of the
book of Hebrews is very concerned that folks who start out well can
and will fall away completely. He is so concerned that he is inspired
to write about it and God has allowed these words to come down to us
and to be heard clearly almost 2,000 years later! He calls them "brethren... lest there be in any of you an evil
heart...departing from the living God." So he is definitely
talking to born again believers warning them to not fall backwards because
it could be fatal.|
|"He that overcometh, the same shall
be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his
name out of the book of life, but I will confess his
name before my Father, and before his angels." [Revelation
3:5] Here we have a very interesting statement made by Christ in the
Heavenly vision to John the Revelatory. Basically the Lord Jesus says
that if one of HIS followers meets the Lord God's conditions HE "will NOT blot out that
person's name from the book of life..." That statement is
very intriguing because if believer's names are indelibly or permanently
penned into the Book of Life this promise of our Lord would be very
empty. We could then say, "Lord, you never remove anyone's name from
your book anyway, because of 'once in grace always in grace.' So Lord,
why do you even bring this up?? Lord, Heaven is already irreversibly
in the bag for me, according to that 'great' teacher John Calvin."
This is another verse I would have to make sure and pay no attention to
if I want to be in the "once in grace always in grace" camp. In fact,
if I take this scripture seriously, which I do, I must conclude after
reading it that Jesus could not even utter these words unless somebody,
somewhere who once was a believer is going to get erased from the Book
of Life because of wrong doings. Also, it occurs to me that all these
warnings to the Seven Churches are a big waste of time if no believer is
going to lose out under any circumstances. Why did Jesus go to all this
trouble to get John to write warnings to the churches if everyone in those
churches who is a true believer has an unchangeable reservation to glory????
|"For if we sin wilfully
after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there
remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful
looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall
devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died
without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much
sorer [worse] punishment,
suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath
trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the
covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done
despite [outrage and insult]
unto the Spirit of grace? [Hebrews 10:26-29]|
In this passage the writer of the Book of Hebrews is inspired to tell us that those who stood against the Law of God given at Mount Sinai, blatantly breaking that law, were executed. Then the writer of Hebrews goes on to ask a leading question. He asks us just how much more severe will the punishment be for one who goes all the way into the sanctified life, [in other words the deepest things of God] and then does an about face and sins with determination, trampling the precious shed blood of Jesus and insulting and outraging the Holy Spirit of God. It doesn't take a genius to see what the writer of the Hebrews is telling us by inspiration. He is telling us that even a person who has gone into the deepest realms of the Christian life can willfully lose their eternal life. Remember he is talking about a Christian who turns on God with determination and evil vigor. I don't believe this is referring to our stumbling. It is talking about a determined rebellion against God. If a believer has gone that far into salvation and majorly rebells, it will so harm and sin against the Holy Spirit that that person will very possibly be lost forever in eternal death.
|"But he that shall endure unto
the end, the same shall be saved." [Matthew 24:13]
"And ye shall be hated of all men for my
name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same
shall be saved. [Mark 13:13] In these passages
we clearly see that it isn't how we start out in the faith as much
as how we finally end, when we take our last breath or when Christ returns
that determines our salvation. If once saved always saved was
the overriding rule then these two scriptures would be very difficult
to explain. Once in grace always in grace teaches that every person
who meaningfully receives Christ "shall
endure to the end" no matter what. If that is indeed the
case then these two warnings make no sense. Why would God warn us that
only those who endure to the end will be saved if God has pre-arranged
that all who begin to be Christians always endure to the very end, such
that no true Christian cannot endure to the end???? These are two
Scriptures I would be forced to ignore if I was in the once saved always
|"If a man abide not in me,"
[Jesus speaking] "he
is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and
men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they
are burned." [John 15:6] Jesus teaches us that
abiding or remaining in HIM is ultimately
important. Those who cease to abide or stay in Christ wither.
Anyone who has seen a plant wither understands that it is dead or
dying. We know that this is what Jesus means because he says that such
branches are burned in fire. He is using grape vine branches as his
illustration. Green, living grape vine branches are difficult to burn.
But dry grape vines burn explosively because they are dead, dead, dead!
In the light of these words of Jesus, how can anyone believe that
all who have ever accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord cannot
fall totally away and be totally lost if they choose not to remain or
abide in Christ??? If I should choose to believe the doctrine held by
some that once you are saved it is not possible to be totally lost,
I would have to take a pair of scissors and cut this verse out of my
Bible, or at least ignore this verse. NO! I choose to believe God's
Word and not the winds of doctrine that come from the reasonings and
teachings of mankind!
|"Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour." [1st Peter 5:8] Saint
Peter was so concerned for his fellow believers that he warned them
that they needed to be very "on-the-alert" about looking out for the
attack of their enemy, the devil, because Satan is on the prowl to
them. If a starving, ferocious lion comes upon it's prey and
DEVOURS that prey it is obvious that the
prey met total, final, absolute and complete defeat! The clear and
simple implication of this Scripture is that the devil can and will,
if the believer gives Satan an opportunity,
totally destroy the spiritual life of a believer causing them to suffer
total, ultimate and absolute loss in Hell! So here is another Scripture
that I would have to ignore or plug my ears to if I subscribed to the
once saved always saved teaching.
|"Now the just shall live by faith:
but if any man draw back, my soul shall have
no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto
perdition [destruction in Hell]; but of them
that believe to the saving of the soul." [Hebrews
10:38-39] The writer of the book of Hebrews was concerned for
his fellow believers. He is inspired to warn them that there are
those who have and will draw back from the Lord after entering into
the body of Christ as a believer. He immediately lets them know
that he does not suspect that the Hebrews he is writing to, or he
himself are doing this: ("we are not of
them..."). Nevertheless he points out very clearly that
those who draw away from the faith open up the distinct possibility of
as their ultimate fate. "Perdition" clearly means eternal
death in Hell followed by the Lake of Fire! It is very hard for me to
understand how so many people can believe it is impossible to lose your
salvation by sloppy Christian living when the Bible gives so many clear
warnings about the fate of those who choose to draw back. I'm coming
to believe that the powers of darkness are blinding people in order to
trick them into not seeing all these Scriptures. |
|"But he that lacketh these things is
blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged
from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence
to make your calling and election sure: for IF ye do
these things, ye shall never fall:" [2nd Peter
1:9-10] Just prior to verses 9 and 10 Saint Peter tells us that
we need to add to our faith, virtue, and to our virtue, knowledge,
and temperance and patience and so on. He intimates that IF we fail to do
these things as believers that our calling and election may not be sure.
We could fall. But notice that Peter did not add in, ...but if
you fall, sadly you will lose your mansion...however, don't despair,
you can still see Michael or Gabriel for a pup tent." I just cannot
believe that Peter would have so seriously warned us to avoid falling, if
falling didn't mean ultimate and horrendous loss. |
|"Brethren, if any of you
do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him
know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way
shall save a soul from death, and shall hide
a multitude of sins." [James 5:19 & 20] How much
plainer can God's Word be?? James tells us that if one of the brothers
or sisters strays from the truth and another brother or sister comes
along and helps convert that one or helps bring that one back on course
with God, the one who does this good work has saved a soul from death.
Saving a soul from death sounds to me like keeping someone from falling
into eternal damnation. Isn't that the simple understanding of this
passage?? I might add that those who believe that once you are saved
you can never sin away your place in Heaven...those who believe that
way must use all sorts of complex interpretations of the Scriptures
that simple folk can hardly grasp. Why would God make the Gospel
so complex that it takes a genius to understand the proofs for
"once saved always saved no matter what???" |
I now reject the popular teaching of "once saved always saved no matter what." I reject it because by doing so I am set free to listen to and receive every verse in God's Word. Truly I hope that the Once Saved Always Saved (O.S.A.S.) crowd is correct, because if they are correct there's going to be many more people in Heaven. But, there are just too many Scriptures I'd have to plug my ears to, in order to believe that "once saved always saved no matter what" doctrine!!
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