Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | January 16, 2008

Once Saved Always Saved!

My Sunday School Superintendent (Refuge Temple COOLJC Columbia, SC) did an excellent article on the “Once Saved Always Saved” Doctrine and I wanted to share it with my readers. Kudos to our beloved Deacon A. Stewart for doing such a great job in sharing complete scriptures as to why we DO NOT subscribe to the “Once Saved Always Saved” Doctrine.

Topic: Once Saved Always Saved 

During one Sunday School hour this topic came up and I want to give the class scriptural reference why the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ does not subscribe to this creed. This doctrine can be damnable, by giving one a sense of false hope while living a sinful life.  One must keep their vessel holy in order to make the rapture (I Thess. 4:7).  Believers must continue in holiness and mortify the deeds of the flesh daily (Gal. 5:24). Believers can not practice sin (I Jo. 3:4-8); this is living the life of the old man and expect to be saved (Ro. 6:1-2).  Believers are saved by faith through the grace of God and are to work out their own salvation.

There are three schools of thought in Christianity concerning soteriology (the study of the doctrine of salvation).

Calvism

Arminianism

Universalism

John Calvin (1509-1564)

Jacobus Arminius (1560-1609

Origen of Alexandria (185-254AD)

Churches: Presbyterian, many Baptist groups and Reform churches

Churches: Methodist, Holiness, Nazarene and Pentecostal

Churches: Unitarian Universalist Association, Christian Unitarians

Belief: God elects or predestine some people to be saved and those who are not predestined will never accept Christ, therefore they are destined for hell. Those that are elected for salvation will be saved before they die.

Belief: God does have people that are elected for salvation, yet He wants all men to be saved. Therefore, every man has a free will to accept or reject the gospel. Those who willingly accept Christ will be saved and those that reject Him will go to hell.

Belief: God is a loving and merciful God and through His grace no one will go to hell, whether or not they accept Christ as Savior.

  

We know that Universalism is false damnable doctrine.  The Bible clearly states that, “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).”

Calvinism, eternal security or once saved always saved hold that it is impossible for a saved person to sin to the point that they will be lost eternally.  They use John 10: 28:30 to support their view. 

 John 10:28 [Amplified Bible]

“And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lost it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.]  And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.”

   

Eternal, everlasting life is given by Jesus only (Acts 4:12).  It is only through Christ Jesus we can be saved.  Those that accept His plan of salvation through repentance and the born again experience shall be saved (Mk 16:16, Jo. 3:5).  They are secure in their salvation because it is not based on man but on the promises of the Father.  It is based on the new covenant (Heb. 9:28).  Those that meet the requirements for everlasting life will never perish (John 3:16).  Salvation is conditional and you must meet  the conditions.  If you meet His conditions you will never be lost.  That is the assurance that the believer has in Christ. The saved believer must labor for that which leads to eternal life (John 6:27).  The conditions for eternal life includes: [1] coming to Christ, accepting and obeying the plan of salvation (John 6:27; Romans 1:5) [2] keep God’s commandments (Matthew 19:16-17) [3] sow to the Spirit and mortify the deeds of the flesh (Gal. 6:7-8) [4] living free from of sin (Romans 5:2) [5] love everybody (I John 3:14-15) [6] overcome temptations (James 1:12; Revelations 21:7) and [7] faithfulness to God (Revelations 2:10).  Saved people have eternal life only if the conditions are met.  They are in the Hand of God.  No one can take us out of the Hand of God, yet we can take ourselves right out of God’s Hands if we fail to walk in the principles of  godly faith.  If we backslide from God, turn our back on Him we will be lost, unless we repent (Rev. 2:5).

 Examples of those believers who are lost [note that they were no longer believers]:

  1. Hymenaeus and Philetus see II Timothy 2:16-18 cf  I Timothy 1:18-20
  2. Simon the Sorcerer see Acts 8:12-24
  3. Judaizers see Galatians 5:1-7
  4. King Saul see I Samuel 9:2;10:1-6;11:6;15:11,23-24

 How can a saved person lose their salvation?

  1. Not abiding in the true vine. Read John 15:1-7 “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cats them into the fire, and they are burned (vs. 6).”
  2. Not continuing to run this Christian race. Read I Corinthians 9:24-27 “Bit 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 (vs 27).”
  3. Being carnal minded. Read Romans 8:6-13 “For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live (vs 13).”
  4. Not remaining true to God. Read Hebrews 3:12-13 “Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (vs 13).”
  5. A believer can become an apostate. Read Hebrews 6:1-9 “But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned (vs 8).”

 Can a name be blotted out (removed) out of the Lamb’s book of Life? Read Exodus 32:30-35. 

“And the Lord said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book (Exodus 32:33).”

“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 (Revelations 3:5).”

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire (Revelations 20:15).”

Being saved, born again, Spirited filled or a Christian is a life style.  It is a way of holiness and righteousness.  It is the believer conforming to the image of the Son of God, by the working of the indwelling Holy Spirit of Christ.  Sin separated us from God in the Garden of Eden and it still separates us from a Holy God. It is the blood of Jesus that cleanses us from all sin only if we confess our sins.  Sin is what hinders man from a Holy God. “And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man… (Genesis 6:3).”

Read 2 Corinthians 6:14-18


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