We all have heard the saying “Once saved always saved” and some people believed that. They argue that if you would do something extremely wrong or even if you denounced your faith you would still go to heaven. But others-who have a little bit more common sense- would say that if you denounce your faith you never was a true Christian. But I don’t agree with that. “Once saved always saved” is a lie that religion says. It just doesn’t add up.
Look at Atheists, most Atheists were once devout Christians. They did everything the Bible told them to do, they loved God with all their heart, and they are good people. But something tragic happened that no one could explain why it happened, they denounced their faith. They call it thinking for themselves. They believe that there is no God and they have every right to do so. But if they denounced their faith they will not go to hHaven.
There once was a church in what we know now as Turkey. At first it was called the Church of Ephesus. Let me just flat out and say the Church in Ephesus is now a mosque in Turkey. But why? Well simply they lost their first love. The bible says that they were devout Christians. They did everything correct, they worshiped God, they went through persecution, and they waited patiently for the Lord. But it also says “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first.” (Revelations 2:4.) In verse 5 it says “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from it;s place…”
They did not repent. If “once saved always saved” was true, the Church in Ephesus would still be around today. You might be thinking “hold up now. That’s the Church of Ephesus, what about the people in the church.” Well the church is just a meeting place of the Church. The Church is the believers in Jesus. So basically the people are not in Heaven. Sure there were people that were still loving God the way they were supposed to and they went to Heaven but the majority of them went to Hell.
Jesus say’s “But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father in Heaven.” If you are a Christian and you say that you don’t know Jesus when you do or you don’t stand up for your faith, Jesus will deny that he knows you and you will not go to Heaven. There will be some people that God will tell that they have lost their first love and didn’t repent. Therefore they can’t go to Heaven.
Do you see what I’m saying? Just because you were saved doesn’t mean you have a permanent seat in Heaven. You could lose it. But since we all fall short of the Kingdom of Heaven, all you have to do is repent and you are safe and will go to Heaven.
Woe to those who have lost their first love. I pray that they repent and remember where they have fallen.