Once Saved Always saved…. Right?

 

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.

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One thought on “Once Saved Always saved…. Right?

  1. I do believe in “once saved, always saved”, alternatively known as “Perseverance of the Saints”, or the P in TULIP (that said, I’m not a Calvinist, but I happen to agree with them on this issue). I believe that it is often abused, getting used to justify sin from someone who had previously professed outwardly to being a believer. However, I fall into the group that says that someone who turns away from their faith and never returns never had true faith in the first place.

    I believe this for a number of reasons. Most importantly, there are two significant passages that seem to point towards Perseverance of the Saints. Firstly, it certainly seems to be what John suggests in 1 John 2:19 – “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us. But they went out, that it might become plain that they all are not of us.” (ESV, as with any other quotes I use). John establishes a conditional statement – if they had been of us, then they would have continued with us. The corollary, of course, is that if they did not continue with us, then they were not of us. Secondly, a similar idea is expressed by Paul in Hebrews 3:14 – “For we have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original confidence firm to the end.” Paul’s conditional statement is similar to John’s, but in reverse; if we hold our original confidence firm to the end, then we have come to share in Christ. Note the curious tense here; the antecedent is a future tense construction, but the consequent is in the perfect past tense. Our present state is evidenced by what happens in our future. If we ultimately endure, it shows that the faith that we had in our past was saving faith all along; if we fall away, it shows we were never saved at all. If we summarise Paul and John’s statements, where proposition A is “if we remain followers of Christ for the duration of our life” and proposition B is “we are saved”, John says B -> A while Paul says A -> B; this means that, logically, A=B. Anyone who is saved will be a true follower of Christ when their life ends; anyone who is not saved will not be (this does not preclude a verbal acknowledgement of Christ as Lord, a la Matthew 7:21-23, but they will not have been servants of Christ at the end).

    Those two verses aside, I also believe that the theology of our rebirth in the Spirit suggests a one time, irreversable event. Our old self dies and, through the Spirit, we are reborn. From there, we never die again, nor are we saved again. Our endurance is evidence that this has happened, as are our good works; failing to endure is evidence that it never occurred. a full list of passages for this would be somewhat longer; I can track them down in a subsequent comment if you’d like, but for now I’ll just let 1 John 2:19 and Hebrews 3:14 speak for themselves.

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