Is once saved always saved Biblical?
Some say yes, but a close study of the Bible will show otherwise.
It is not my intention to conduct a complete and thorough study in this post, but I do believe that sufficient testimony will be borne to confirm the true position of the Scriptures.
The idea that this doctrine of “once saved always saved” is supported by Scriptures cannot be sustained when scrutinized in the light of day, as the evidence to the contrary is insurmountable, I Timothy 4:1 by itself is sufficient to prove the futility of this teaching.
Now don’t get wrong; Christ did not go through the pangs of death for nothing, nor did he give his life to us for the purpose of taking it away again. When he gives us his life, He designs that we should keep it forever.
“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.” Col. 2:6.
His life can never end, but we may lose it by turning from Him.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith…” I Timothy 4:1
The teaching of “once saved always saved” undermines the Gospel as it promotes the idea that God guarantees our salvation, even in willful transgression, and also if we change our mind and despise Him. If that is not the guarantee, then it must be that He removes our freedom of conscience, and our right to choice. Never again can we change our mind, we now have no choice but to believe in Him, and to walk in all His ways and do as He says. He therefore must now control our will, and our conscience so that we can no longer have the freedom to deny Him if we ever have a change of heart.
So I ask the question: Did Adam not deny the Lord in Eden? Why then, did the Lord not stop him from eating the forbidden fruit? It may well have been easier for God to remove that freedom from Adam in the very beginning before he ate the forbidden fruit. Therefore the world would not have been plunged into transgression. And God would not then have needed to give up His beloved Son to save us from sin.
Now if we take note of Paul’s letter to the Galatians, we shall find that the whole purpose of this letter was brought about because they had departed from the truth, and had fallen from grace because they had adopted the doctrine of works.
“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?… Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.” Galatians 3:1-2; 5:4
I believe that the term “fallen from grace” needs no further explanation, as it is to be understood as it reads.
“And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
Everybody has the right to change their mind, and if they do, and they pass from this earth without Christ then they will be lost.
A man can also lose His life by unbelief; it happens every day, people believe something today, and tomorrow they change their mind, if this is their condition then they have lost their faith.
If any should lose their life while in unbelief then they will be lost.
As it must be remembered that we have not this life in ourselves, but “this life is in his Son.” “He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:11, 12.
So we can only keep everlasting life by keeping the Son.
And we may take Him off by turning away from Him any time that we choose, Christ does not compel the conscience, and we can do it willfully, and we can also do it by neglect.
Notice the following.
“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:22-23
And what day is “that day”? It is the day of the Lord when He comes in power and glory with the sound of the trump.
And these people call Him Lord because they considered themselves Christians as they did many wonderful works in His name, but unfortunately they did not know Him, and neither did He know them, and so this is His reply.
“And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Mat 7:23
Iniquity is transgression of the Law, so obedience to the Law is a condition of everlasting life.
These people are members of the church of Laodicea?
“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:” Revelation 3:14-17
This is the Lord’ church, and He is giving fair warning to those in His church of the consequences of being lukewarm. One only needs to study the characteristics of these people to see that they represent those that call themselves Christians today.
Laodicea means “a judging of the people,” and it is the final church, and it is therefore the time of the judgment.
We should also study the parables as many of them have end time fulfillment’s which speak of those who consider themselves saved, but who in fact will be lost when the Lord comes, as the door of mercy will have been closed. For example the parable of the wise and foolish virgins which speaks explicitly of five foolish virgins who believed that were saved, but which lacked the necessary faith to enter the marriage supper as they had not the necessary oil for their lamps, and all too late when they did as the door was then closed. Not to mention the good and bad fish that were caught in the net, the tares and the wheat, and the man without the wedding garment, etc.
And just one more to close.
“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.” II Peter 2:21-22
There is nothing about eternal security that can be established by the Word of God, without first defiling it, and if we study this out for ourselves then we will have the faith that is required, and need never again depend upon the words of men.
For many will be lost in the day of the Lord, not so much because they believed a lie, but because they did not believe the truth, and His Word is truth.