continue in sin, after we have asked Jesus to be our personal Savior,
are we really in a saved relationship, are we converted? "For if
we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth,
there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." Hebrews 10:26.
What was the very first
lie recorded in the Bible? It was the devil, speaking through the
serpent when he was talking to Eve. "And the serpent said unto the
woman, Ye shall not surely die:" Genesis 3:4. The devil has been
deceiving people ever since with this lie. "Once saved always saved", is
another lie from Satan and people have been believing it for years and
will be sadly surprised in the judgment...
The only one who promised Adam life in disobedience was the great
deceiver. And the declaration of the serpent to Eve in Eden--"Ye shall
not surely die"--was the first sermon ever preached upon the immortality
of the soul. Yet this declaration, resting solely upon the authority of
Satan, is echoed from the pulpits of Christendom and is received by the
majority of mankind as readily as it was received by our first parents.
The divine sentence, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel
18:20), is made to mean: The soul that sinneth, it shall not die, but
live eternally. We cannot but wonder at the strange infatuation which
renders men so credulous concerning the words of Satan and so
unbelieving in regard to the words of God.
The people who believe in and teach once saved,
always saved also use the term "eternal security". What does the Bible have to
say about eternal security? Nothing, absolutely nothing because it is not
mentioned anywhere in Scripture. Our salvation is safe in Jesus as long as we
are in a saved relationship. All of God's promises are conditional. God's love
to us is unconditional, but His promises are conditional, meaning, if you do
this, I will do this. Let us look at a very simple example.
By the verses below you can see
that a murderer, idolater, fornicator, etc. will not enter the kingdom
of God. So if someone was at one time in a saved relationship with God and then
turned their back on God by going back to their old ways, they will not enter
the kingdom of God. Plain and simple. It doesn't mean they can not return to
God, but if they remain unfaithful to God and go back to their old sins and
never repent, they will be lost. "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 in time past, that they which do such things shall
not inherit the kingdom of God." Gal 5:19-21. I don't see any eternal
Here is another simple example
of conditional promises from God in Jesus' own words. "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
God." John 3:5. From this verse you can see that in order to enter the
kingdom of God, you must be born of the water and the Spirit. This means that
you must be baptized, when it is possible and must have the Holy Spirit dwelling
in you. Now we know the thief on the cross was not baptized, but Jesus assured
him he would be in paradise. So it was not possible for him to be baptized, but
he will be saved. And the most important part is, you must be born of the Spirit,
meaning you have the Holy Spirit dwelling in you. Now if a person who has once
accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and was baptized, but years later
leaves the church and goes back into the world and turns their back on God, will
that person be saved? Not according to Scripture. Of course if they return to
God, they will be saved, but if they live like the devil, and do not have the
Holy Spirit dwelling in their heart, they will be lost.
There is no eternal security here either.
Very Important Challenge
Let me challenge you by reading the following Bible verses regarding
eternal life and see if you don't agree. And remember, we are not
talking about an occasional misdeed or occasional sin in a sincere
Christian's life. We are talking about a person that is living in open
rebelliousness against God. A person that is living like the devil. A
person who has turned his back on God, the church, etc. and has gone
back to his old ways before he accepted Christ as his personal Savoir.
Will that person be in heaven if he has un-confessed or un-forsaken sin
in his life, even though at one time, he had a saving, loving
relationship with God? Also, most people that believe in once saved
always saved say, "well that person was never saved in the first place."
Well, only God knows that, only God can see their heart, and who are we
to judge and say, "that person was never saved in the first place?"
Please read also the
parable of the sower. It really goes into great detail how the Christian
life is a continuous life of obeying God and being a born again
Christian. The bottom line is, if you turn your back on God, you will
not enter the gates of heaven... You would really rather know now before
its too late, wouldn't you?
Only The Pure In Heart Shall
poor in spirit: for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:3.
• "Blessed are the
meek: for they shall inherit the earth." Matthew 5:5.
• "Blessed are the
pure in heart: for they shall see God." Matthew 5:8.
• "For I say unto
you, That except
your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and
Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."
• "Not every one
that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven." Matthew 7:21.
• "And ye shall be
hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end
shall be saved." Matthew 10:22.
• "And said, Verily
I say unto you, Except ye
be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 18:3.
• "But he that shall
endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:13.
believeth and is baptized
shall be saved; but he that believeth
not shall be damned." Mark 16:16.
"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.
"And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up,
and tempted him, saying, Master, what
shall I do to inherit eternal life?
He said unto him, What is written in
the law? how readest thou?
And he answering said, Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul, and with
all thy strength, and with all thy mind;
and thy neighbour as thyself. And he
said unto him, Thou hast answered
right: this do, and thou shalt live."
"Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except
a man be born again, he cannot
see the kingdom of God." John 3:3.
"Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say
unto thee, Except a man be born of
water and of the Spirit, he cannot
enter into the kingdom of God." John
"For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life."
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath
everlasting life, and shall not come
into condemnation; but is passed from
death unto life." John 5:24.
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
on me hath everlasting life." John 6:47.
eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I
will raise him up at the last day." John
"If a man abide not in
me, he is cast forth as a
branch, and is withered; and men gather
them, and cast them into the
fire, and they are burned."
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except
a corn of wheat fall into the ground and
die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it
bringeth forth much fruit. He that
loveth his life shall lose it; and he
that hateth his life in this world shall
keep it unto life eternal." John
"And it shall come to pass, that
whosoever shall call on the name of
the Lord shall be saved." Acts 2:21.
"For not the hearers of the law are just
before God, but the doers of the law
shall be justified." Romans 2:13.
"That if thou shalt
confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in
thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
the works of the flesh are manifest,
which are these: Adultery,
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.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance:
against such there is no law."
by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2:8.
"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;" 1 Timothy 4:1.
"Henceforth there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, shall give me at
that day: and not to me only, but unto
all them also that love his appearing."
2 Timothy 4:8.
"Though he were a Son, yet learned he
obedience by the things which he
suffered; and being made perfect, he
became the author of eternal salvation
unto all them that obey him;"
Hebrews 5:8, 9.
"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." Hebrews
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth
no more sacrifice for sins."
"But exhort one another daily, while it
is called To day; lest any of you be
hardened through the deceitfulness of
sin. For we are made partakers
of Christ, if we hold the beginning of
our confidence stedfast unto the end;"
"Blessed is the man that
endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the
crown of life, which the Lord hath
promised to them that love him." James
"Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not
God chosen the poor of this world rich
in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which
he hath promised to them that love
him?" James 2:5.
"For the time is come that judgment must
begin at the house of God: and if it
first begin at us, what shall the end be
of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be
saved, where shall the ungodly and
the sinner appear?" 1 Peter 4:17, 18.
"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 2:21,22.
"And this is the record, that God hath
given to us eternal life, and 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,
"Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life."
"Remember therefore from whence thou art
fallen, and repent, and do the
first works: or else I will come unto
thee quickly, and will remove
thy candlestick out of his
place, except thou repent.
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit saith unto the churches; To
him that overcometh will I give
to eat of the tree of life, which is in
the midst of the paradise of God."
"...be thou faithful unto death,
and I will give thee a crown of life."
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what
the Spirit saith unto the churches; He
that overcometh shall not be hurt
of the second death." Revelation 2:11.
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."
"The beast that thou sawest was, and is
not; and shall ascend out of the
bottomless pit, and go into perdition:
and they that dwell on the earth shall
whose names were not written in the book of life from the
foundation of the world,
when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is."
"Behold, I come quickly:
hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown."
"To him that
overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I
also overcame, and am set down with my
Father in his throne." Revelation 3:21.
overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and
he shall be my son." Revelation 21:7.
"And, behold, I come quickly; and my
reward is with me, to give every man
according as his work shall be."
"Blessed are they that
do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of
life, and may enter in through the gates
into the city." Revelation 22:14.
"And if any man shall take away from the
words of the book of this prophecy,
God shall take away his part out of the book of life,
and out of the holy city, and from the
things which are written in this book."
"Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul
of the father, so also the soul of the
son is mine: the soul that sinneth,
it shall die." Ezekiel 18:4.
The above verses show beyond a shadow of
a doubt that we can lose our salvation.
It is there in black and white. All of
God's promises in the Bible are
conditional. If we are going to spend
eternity with Jesus, we must be born
again, meek, love him, pure in heart,
converted, baptized, born of the water
and the spirit, do the will of our
Father, do His commandments, be an
overcomer, be obedient, endureth
temptation, etc. There are no shortcuts
to heaven... If there were, Jesus would
not have had to come to this earth, and
die for us. We can trace all of the
misery and suffering in the world today
back to one person's disobedience in the
Garden of Eden. If God were to take one
unrepentant sinner to heaven with Him,
sin would rise up again.
notice in Revelation 3:5 that unless you are an overcomer, Jesus will
blot your name out of the book of life.
The book of life
contains the names of all who have ever entered the service of God.
Jesus bade His disciples, "Rejoice, because your names are written in
heaven." Luke 10:20. Paul speaks of his faithful fellow workers, "Whose
names are in the book of life." Phil. 4:3. Also notice in Revelation
17:8 that our names are not written in the book of life from the
foundation of the world, as many people falsely believe. "The beast
that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless
pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall
wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the
foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is
not, and yet is." Revelation 17:8.
The Parable of the Sower
Jesus taught the truth about losing
eternal life in the parable of the sower.
In explaining the seed
which fell among the thorns and the rocks, Jesus said, "Those by the way
side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word
out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. 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 8:12, 13.
There are several things to note about
this parable. First, only one class will finally be saved - the ones who
brought forth much fruit. The groups represented by the wayside and
rocks will not be saved. In verse 12, the wayside hearers did not have a
chance to "believe and be saved," but in the next verse the stony ground
hearers do "for a while believe." What kind of "believing" is this?
According to verse 12, it is the kind that saves.
So the ones who believed for a while were saved for a while, but in
time of temptation they fell away. Eventually, of course, they were
lost along with all the others, except the fruit-bearers.
Here is an unequivocal teaching of our Lord that people can have a
saving faith for a while, and yet lose it and be lost.
4 And when
much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every
city, he spake by a parable:
5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed,
some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the
air devoured it.
6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was
sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up
with it, and choked it.
8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare
fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He
that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this
10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the
mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that
seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh
the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they
should believe and be saved.
13 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.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which,
when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and
pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an
honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth
fruit with patience.
16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it
with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a
candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.
17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made
manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come
18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever
hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be
taken even that which he seemeth to have. Luke 8:4:18
Those who read the
record of the Gospels
carefully will find
repeated authority from
Jesus to renounce the
doctrine of eternal
described in another
parable how a faithful
servant could turn into
an unfaithful one. After
asking, "Who then is
that faithful and wise
steward, whom his lord
shall make ruler over
his household. . .
?"Jesus answers His own
question: "That servant,
whom his lord when he
cometh shall find so
doing . . . he will make
him ruler over all that
Christ explains how
that servant could lose
if that servant say in
his heart, My lord
delayeth his coming; and
shall begin to beat the
menservants and maidens,
and to eat and drink,
and to be drunken; The
lord of that servant
will come in a day when
he looketh not for him,
and at an hour when he
is not aware, and will
cut him in sunder, and
will appoint him his
portion with the
Here is a
perfect example by the
Master Teacher as to how
a faithful and wise
servant can be punished
with the unbelievers.
Jesus was talking about
a man whom He had seen
faithful enough to trust
servant represents those
who carefully served the
Lord as true believers.
But what happened?
That very faithful
servant departed from
the path of faithfulness
and reaped eternal ruin
and death. Does this
not also remind us of
the words of Hebrews
"Now the just shall
live by faith: but if
any man draw back, my
soul shall have no
pleasure in him."The
servant in the parable,
who was a believer, is
now punished with the
faithful can draw back
Salvation Can Be Forfeited
. . . I
- who do
as he is
If ye do
What Does It Mean For The
Christian To Leave His "First Love"?
"Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy FIRST LOVE. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent."
Revelation 2:4, 5, emphasis added.
For the Christian to leave his first love, is to backslide, to fall away, to leave the Lord and His service, and to go over to the service of sin, Satan and the world. The Lord calls upon all such to repent and do their first works (the fruits of love), or else - else what? "I will take thy candlestick out of his place." This is an ultimatum from the Lord. If the sinner responds, repents, returns to his first love, and does his first works, all is well and good - he will be saved. But it is his to choose. If he does not do this, his light is removed, goes out, and the backslider is lost.
1 John 3:2-15
look at the following verses from 1 John 3:2-15. These
verses really go into depth regarding the born again
person. Please look at the whole chapter from your Bible
and read it.
"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not
yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when
he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is."
every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as
he is pure."
4 "Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the
transgression of the law."
5 "And ye
know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no
abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him,
neither known him."
children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is
righteous, even as he is righteous."
that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the
beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might
destroy the works of the devil."
"Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."
this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil:
whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth
not his brother."
hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath
eternal life abiding in him."
Something to Consider
Most people never give this a thought, but
if Satan could live in heaven as a perfect angel with God and then be
jealous of God and be cast out of heaven to this earth and eventually be
cast into the lake of fire, and be lost for eternity, what give's us,
mere mortal man the right to think it is impossible for us to be lost,
when one of God's Holy angels, who rebelled against God, will be lost?
Something to seriously think about.
"How art thou fallen from heaven, O
Lucifer, son of the morning! how art
thou cut down to the ground, which didst
weaken the nations! For thou hast said
in thine heart, I will ascend into
heaven, I will exalt my throne above the
stars of God: I will sit also upon the
mount of the congregation, in the sides
of the north: ascend above the heights
of the clouds; will be like the most
High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to
hell, to the sides of the pit." Isaiah
"And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought
against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed
not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great
dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan,
which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his
angels were cast out with him." Revelation 12:7-9.
• "And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of
fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall
be tormented day and night for ever and ever." Revelation 20:10.
What Are Some Of The Implications Of Once Saved Always Saved?
1) Since we are ‘saved’, we can do what we want. It doesn’t matter what
kind of sin we commit. We are still going to go to heaven.
2) We do not need to worry about helping our brothers and sisters remain
faithful. "Hey, if they are saved, they will remain saved. We do not
need to be our brother’s keeper".
3) We can ignore all the Scriptures warning us to persevere to the very
end. We don’t need to persevere because if we are saved, we will remain
4) We have a real false sense of security.
5) We never really know in fact if we are saved or not because if we do
"fall away", we were never saved in the first place.
conclusion, according to the above Bible verses, obedience most
certainly does affect our salvation and you can lose it. I guess my
point in all of this is this, if you have lost your first love and have
left the church and God and are living for the world, then maybe you
need to stop and ask yourself this most important question. Am I
converted? Am I born again? Am I on the pathway to heaven? Or am I just
in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth
to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
write this article off as false theology, go back and read it one more
time and pray about it and ask God for the Holy Spirit to lead you to
the truth and if you are truly honest with yourself and God, you will
see the beauty and truth of this most important subject... God Bless.
All text from the King James Bible,
"That which is
born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee,
Ye must be born again." John 3:7,8.
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