1 Can Salvation Be Lost? (Can You Lose Your Salvation?
) *All Scripture-quotations are from the New King James Version (NKJV) An intense, raging battle continues over the doctrinal issue, can salvation be lost or are we once saved always saved? Connected with this subject are several other related issues: ● If it can be lost, what are the ways? ● How can a Christian protect himself spiritually? ● Can you get salvation back again? Let’s carefully examine all these questions in this same order. Can Salvation Be Lost Or Is It Once Saved Always Saved? ANSWER: Yes, salvation can be lost. A righteous person can die spiritually. Spiritual Death can definitely occur to a Christian. If a person would read the New Testament without any preconceived ideas of what it says and just accept what it declares, there would be no controversy. It is clear—salvation can be lost. Rather than ignore or reject the overwhelming evidence, embrace it and act accordingly. It is to your advantage to believe the truth that salvation can be lost. Furthermore, that can possibly happen even over One Sin. Conversely, it is to your great disadvantage to deny this. It is actually self-destructive. There are nearly two dozen examples of people, named and unnamed, who died spiritually after salvation. That is conclusive evidence which ends this debate for truth lovers, but that is not all. There are also many warnings of this same possibility. Here is one: “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25). According to Jesus, a Christian loses or keeps his salvation based on his loving or hating his life in this world. The many ifs connected with salvation are the icing on the cake. Without doubt, salvation can be lost. Hence, the Holy Spirit had New Testament writers proclaim: “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.” (Heb 3:14). “Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” (Rom 11:22,23) What Are the Ways Salvation Can Be Lost or How Can You Lose Salvation? ANSWER: There are three main ways you can lose salvation: (1) Through certain sins, (2) By believing and/or preaching certain false doctrines related to salvation, and (3) Disowning Jesus during persecution. Not all sins lead to spiritual death (1 John 5:16-17), but many do. Besides the obvious sexual immorality, drunkenness and idolatry, there are other sins which can bring spiritual death, like Fruitlessness, lukewarmness and being Unforgiving. Dozens of Scriptures can be cited. Preaching a False Gospel will also damn a person, while not continuing in doctrinal truth, which brought salvation, will likewise cause loss of salvation: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Gal 1:8,9). “Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.” (1 John 2:24-26). It is our own responsibility, under the Christian gospel, to hold on to the Gospel so as to continue with salvation: “by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.” (1 Cor 15:2). Disowning Jesus will cause him to disown you: “But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.” (Mat 10:33). Between Initial and Final Salvation there are many things that will occur over time which can be destructive to spiritual life. Those things could be persecutions for godly living, cares of this life, painful trials, prayer disappointments, Sinful Temptations, sicknesses, bad relationships, false teachers (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons etc.), financial calamity, etc. We must remain on guard. It is a salvation issue and nothing less. All of these truths should be readily known by all professing Christians, not debated as they are. To reject disturbing truth will not change it. The danger is still real—not nullified—by discounting it. How Can A Christian Protect Himself? ANSWER: A Christian must take serious the various directives to protect himself and stay alive spiritually, which is the exact opposite of the prevalent security-in-sin messages in our day. There are well over a dozen spiritual safeguards, which need to be heeded. Here are a few: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Eph 6:11). “Having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck.” (1 Tim 1:19). “Therefore "COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND
Such usually deny the truth that King David lost his salvation when in unrepentant adultery and murder. whether it is stealing. There are also actual examples of those who did regain their salvation (David. It is vital to ignore those False Teachers and DO what Scripture says. According to this Scripture. etc. that no fornicator.” (Lev 20:10). any person who commits one or more acts of adultery is an adulterer. It is the purpose of this teaching to examine the Biblical evidence for these claims to see if they have validity and to ascertain if Scripture states salvation can be lost with a single act of certain kinds of sin. 6:9. as some would say? Let's look at God's word. etc. repent for you are in the greatest danger. covetous.: “For this you know. as the blind guides say.17. or 113 times or the nebulous lifestyle before they become a fornicator. for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.10. and they follow Me. God's word is consistent with the definition of the word adulterer . Let no one deceive you with empty words.” (Mat 7:21). but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. but then teach a Christian can engage in occasional acts of adultery. 6:4-6 and 10:26-29 passages. nor idolaters.10. (Please know that all sin is not of the same degree . drunkard. reviler or extortioner of 1 Cor. Peter. nor thieves. 'Lord. The definition is one who commits that particular act.” (John 10:27). “But He answered and said to them. to the resurrection of life. The Eternal Facts True grace teaching declares: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Therefore do not be partakers with them. nor sodomites. Others have said it is possible to lose your salvation. who is an idolater. regardless what you have done in the past or how you were once changed. 11:19-23). To obey them is not legalism or a work’s salvation. and those who have done evil. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN. 1 John 5:16. The plain truth is: A real present. AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU. “Those who have done good. etc. nor covetous man. he who commits adultery with his neighbor's wife. Lord. drunkenness. adulterer. 6:9. Neither fornicators. So how hard is it to become a bible-defined adulterer or any of the others in the list? Must a person practice adultery before he becomes a bibledefined adulterer? Must it be lifestyle? Here are the facts: “The man who commits adultery with another man's wife. "My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.tense Christian is described in the following: “Not everyone who says to Me. 3:22-30). and I know them. nor covetous. nor revilers." (Luke 8:21). The same can likewise be said about the other words bolded in 1 Cor. which prove the point indisputably. if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.20." (John 8:51). shall surely be put to death.2 BE SEPARATE. All of these are under grace and true Christian teaching. homosexual. the adulterer and the adulteress. Eternal Sin is only committed when a person says and believes Jesus had a demon and by the power of the Devil he performed his miracles (Mk.10).” (John 5:29). drunkenness. sodomite. Do not be deceived by blind guides who confuse the issue and allow for occasional acts of sexual sin. SAYS THE LORD.' shall enter the kingdom of heaven. but it is very hard to do so. idolater. with the word adulterer. As just shown.” (Eph 5:5-7) Can You Get Salvation Back Again ANSWER: Yes. 15:24. as shown above. the Prodigal son. If those Scriptures do not describe you NOW. One even stated that you must tell God that you don't want him before you'll lose your salvation. drunkenness. There is no salvation security in wickedness." (2 Cor 6:17). theft.). nor homosexuals. You are on the road to Hell. nor drunkards.) How many times must a righteous person sin in order to lose his salvation? Must it be lifestyle or continuous sinning? Does one have to practice sin before he becomes unsaved or shows himself never saved to begin with. Hence. In every case but blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (or eternal sin) one can get salvation back again. This is crystal clear. “My sheep hear My voice.
. I say to you. if any person is described there he will not inherit the kingdom of God.one who commits adultery. James 5:19. Other Scriptures are clear in revealing salvation can be regained (Lk. Those are just common misconceptions about a conditional security. etc. unclean person.some leads to death while others don't. Rom. 16.” (1 Cor. nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. Jesus taught the following simple truth about how to avoid spiritual death: “Most assuredly. to the resurrection of condemnation. Just believing you are not lost now will not change the fact that you are! Can You Lose Salvation With One Sin? Can a Christian lose salvation with one sin? Some people who say they reject eternal security. and remain saved. It doesn't have to be 5. nor adulterers. idolatry. This is also the sin related to the well-known Heb. has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6:9. thief.
16). his bride (Rev. I will go before you to Galilee. "I do not know the Man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. abominable. murderers. Just like Peter." So he went out and wept bitterly. 5:23. 1:24). "This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth. the murderer shall surely be put to death. It wasn't lifestyle habitual practice. I will never be made to stumble. a real Christian can disown Jesus. but he trusts in his own righteousness and commits iniquity. him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven. "Assuredly. "You also were with Jesus of Galilee. He didn't have to say. except Judas who betrayed Jesus. The Apostle Peter did this by denying he was with Jesus or knew Him. some of whom say they reject eternal security. he was a bible-defined adulterer and murderer because of his single acts of adultery and murder. but because of the iniquity that he has committed." But he denied it before them all. you have taken his wife to be your wife.' But after I have been raised.” (Mat 26:69-75). 21:8 are so clear. 12:9 is coupled with this and the following. When 2 Sam. 6:9. I will not deny You!" And so said all the disciples.) Such a single act of sin will exclude any person from God's Kingdom. Of course adultery and murder are evil.” (Num 35:16). disowned the Lord: “Then Jesus said to them. and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon.” (Mat 10:33). which would exclude him from God's kingdom and place him in the lake of fire (1 Cor. I say to you that this night." Peter answered and said to Him. 3.” (2 Sam 12:9). but a single act of sin that brought both Adam and Eve to their spiritual death. who are self-murderers. David did this. For at least 9 months. But false teachers. even people exceedingly strong in faith can afterwards stray to the point of committing sin that leads to death. and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone. 19:7)." (Rev 21:8) Disown Jesus and Lose Salvation The Lord Jesus told those already saved the following: “But whoever denies Me before men. even though 1 Cor. before the rooster crows.10 and Rev. we have even more supportive evidence that David did lose his salvation at that dark time in his life: David Died Spiritually “When I say to the righteous that he shall surely live. etc.” (Mat 26:31-35)." Peter said to Him." Then he began to curse and swear. Christians are described as God's possessions: his sheep (John 10:26.27.3 It Doesn't Have To Be Continual or Lifestyle Sinning Other Scriptures reveal the same devastating truth. That is exactly what happened with a single act of sin. for your speech betrays you. Adam and Eve The first act of disobedience by man in the Bible occurred in Gen. You might say this is no great revelation of truth. "I do not know the Man!" And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter. I don't want you (and it didn't have to be lifestyle). What Peter said was enough to cause Jesus to disown Peter! If Jesus disowns you. "Surely you also are one of them. for it is written: 'I WILL STRIKE THE SHEPHERD. And a servant girl came to him. unbelieving. he shall die. "Even if I have to die with You.” (Ezek
. a single act of murder makes a person a murderer. (That would include suicides. saying. would declare David didn't lose his salvation. Rev. AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK WILL BE SCATTERED. David Became An Evildoer Shockingly. just like other unsaved people. you will deny Me three times. refuting the idea that continual or lifestyle sinning is the only way to lose salvation (or show one was never really saved). God had forewarned Adam that the day he would eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil he would die (Gen. "All of you will be made to stumble because of Me this night. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him. "I do not know what you are saying. then you aren't his sheep anymore. Note.10. 2:17)." And when he had gone out to the gateway. David's glaring sins were one act of adultery and one act of murder. idolaters. he is a murderer. which is the second death. "Even if all are made to stumble because of You." But again he denied with an oath. 21:8). Again. 21:16. Nathan told David: “Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD. saying. sexually immoral. to do evil in His sight? You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword. you will deny Me three times. So how hard was it for Peter to disown Jesus? It wasn't very hard and occurred in a short period of time: “Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. David did what was evil. his body (Eph. For example: “But if he strikes him with an iron implement. so that he dies. "Before the rooster crows. 6:9. unless he repents: “But the cowardly. Col. none of his righteous works shall be remembered. sorcerers. another girl saw him and said to those who were there. Later we learn that all of the original apostles. saying." Jesus said to him.
Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity. some will reject the clarity of these Scriptures and try to distort the facts to say that David didn't lose his salvation (die spiritually) after committing adultery and murder. listen to me. having put his hand to the plow. saying.” (Psa 51:1-4). After David prayed for mercy. for such happened to David. forgiveness (and salvation). die spiritually. O God. which is also how Jesus said the repentant tax collector got saved (or justified): “And the tax collector. The following is also evidence that David lost his salvation for a time: “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity. Jesus also taught: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak. Not to be fit for service in the kingdom of God is not to enter the kingdom of God. 7:23-27) Don't Look Back From The Plow The Lord must have shocked the people of his day by teaching the following: “But Jesus said to him. 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. He did not know it would cost HIS LIFE.. but to go to the lake of fire.4 33:13) Those who do evil. Even David knew he was an evil doer during that time and hence one who died spiritually (not physically) because of his sin: “Have mercy upon me. Proverbs Concurs About Losing Salvation With ONE Sexual Sin ONE ACT OF SEXUAL SIN WILL DESTROY YOUR SALVATION AND SEND YOU TO HELL. 33:13. descending to the chambers of death. even for people previously saved. and cleanse me from my sin.33) Your Words People have a hard time believing that words can endanger a person to hell fire. "No one. be merciful to me a sinner!' I tell you. “When a righteous man turns away from his righteousness. and all who were slain by her were strong men. Jesus mentioned her: “Remember Lot's wife. have I sinned. 14:26. The Lord elevated this to a salvation issue (Mt.” (Ezek 33:18). Against You.
. for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled.” (Ezek 18:24). Furthermore. it is because of the iniquity which he has done that he DIES. But whoever says. Note: The strong warnings of Ezek 18:24. and blameless when You judge. like David did.” (Luke 17:32. Pay attention to the words of my mouth: Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways. because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed. as some say. Now therefore. Remember also Lot's wife who looked back one time and was destroyed (Gen. And whoever says to his brother.18 were not just hypothetical. 51 to say David only lost the joy of his salvation. is fit for the kingdom of God. he also asked for other things like the joy of his salvation to be restored (Psa. Do not stray into her paths. Through this single act. he shall DIE because of it. 'God. because of them he shall DIE. and dies in it. UNLESS YOU REPENT! The context of Prov. and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does.” (Luke 9:62) Those who do enter God's kingdom will serve Him there (Rev. this man went down to his house justified rather than the other.26. even though he might outwardly deny the teaching of eternal security. Lk. my children. This is what it is like for such a person who goes after the adulteress.: “. according to the above. would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven. Looking back will exclude one from the kingdom of God. That is the same as committing spiritual adultery. but Jesus actually taught this: “But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. “When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity. For she has cast down MANY wounded. He is like a deer stepping into a noose. And my sin is always before me.” (Mat 5:22). Such a person is as bad or even worse than an eternal security teacher. and whoever loses his life will preserve it. they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified. according to the multitude of Your tender mercies.” (Mat 12:37) Your words can bring condemnation or the opposite which is justification. They somehow miss how David humbly and sorrowfully asked God for mercy because of his sins. Remember. as just cited. blot out my transgressions. and by your words you will be condemned. ” (Ezek 18:26). 51:12). And done this evil in Your sight— That You may be found just when You speak. 7:23-27 is about a young man who gets seduced. Christian people who chose to be friends of the world become enemies of God again as they were before their salvation. such extreme danger of hell fire becomes a reality.. standing afar off. As a bird hastens to the snare. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it. till an arrow struck his liver. For I acknowledge my transgressions.. according to Your lovingkindness.” (James 4:4). (Prov. James commented similarly: “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” (Luke 18:13-14). 19:26). 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. God wants us to be faithful to him and love him more than any person or thing in this world. Her house is the way to HELL. 10:3739. Sadly. This parallels another eternal truth about words.. 22:3). commits iniquity. Psalm 51 is the prayer of a man who had backslidden. shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered.33). You only. some like to misuse Psa. Peter disowned Jesus with his words. and looking back. and he who humbles himself will be exalted. but beat his breast.
" Here is the patience of the saints. Hence. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death. being drunk. He who has an ear. Raging fire was awaiting them. 3:15. Sometimes a single act of sin can do it. if a person previously saved commits occasional acts of fornication. Please note that Paul didn't have to consider the lifestyle of Elymas to know he was a child of the devil (Acts 13:10). one doesn't even have to sin to lose their salvation. 6:9. saying with a loud voice. even though they had been previously sanctified by the blood of the covenant (Heb. homosexuality. but Jesus made it crystal clear such will instead rise to be condemned and thrown into the fiery furnace: “Those who have done good.” (Rev 2:10. Receive The Mark of the Beast and Lose Salvation In spite of the clear warning regarding the mark of the beast. Remember. (See also Eph. This is a salvation issue! A Christian can lose his salvation.9). Indeed. since he is only endangering their souls to hell by misleading them with a false security and their so-called grace and gospel message. "He has an unclean spirit. many will take it because of the heavy pressure to do so. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. Moreover. he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God. Notice please that eternal sin is committed through words. What a shock this is to those who have been deceived by those who change grace into a license for immorality by teaching David never lost his salvation or a single act of sin like adultery.25) or preaching a false gospel (Gal. suicide or drunkenness won't cause this. divisive. Idolaters Paul wrote to those already saved and knew that their spiritual identity could be changed to idolater by a single act of this sin: “And do not become idolaters as were some of them. and they have no rest day or night. reviling and extortion all at the same time he remains saved. wild. declaring their unscriptural version of grace. and I will give you the crown of life. 21:8).5 Eternal Sin It is also through words that a person can commit eternal sin. It also seems from this Scripture and the historical background of the book of Hebrews.1 John 2:24. who worship the beast and his image." (Mark 3:29-30). 19) and for whom blackest darkness is reserved forever (v.) According to such false teachers. The saints who yield will lose their salvation with this single act of disobedience: “Then a third angel followed them.” (Rev 14:9-12) Faithfulness to Jesus to the end of our life is needed for salvation. There was no eternal security for them and there is none for us today. let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Jude identified all who change grace into a license for immorality as ungodly (Jude 3. Jesus taught: “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. They can lose it by believing a false gospel (1 Cor. that you may be tested. The loving and vital message the immoral need to know is they must turn from such sin for salvation's sake. Hence. adultery. and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand. "THE PEOPLE SAT DOWN TO EAT AND DRINK. False teachers that declare lifestyle sinning not only ignore or twist the above Scriptures. sodomy. immoral person as being a Christian. 5:5-7 and Rev. by that single act of idolatry they became idolaters and he knew the same could happen to these Christians he addressed. and whoever receives the mark of his name. and you will have tribulation ten days. idolaters will go to the lake of fire (Rev. See also 1 John 3:10." (1 Cor 10:7) Paul referred to the golden calf incident in Exodus 32. 6:4-6). theft. idolatry. 13). 15:2 cf. and they will gather out of His kingdom all
. the devil is about to throw some of you into prison. which will never be forgiven: “But he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness. who don't have the Spirit (v. Ponder 1 Cor. "If anyone worships the beast and his image. 1:8.11) Can You Lose Salvation Summary There are various ways for a Christian to lose his salvation. As it is written. to the resurrection of life. here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. but also dangerously portray the possibility of a loose. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever. 21:8. while at other times it won't happen as abruptly and with a single sin. Furthermore. and those who have done evil. One example is being lukewarm (Rev.4). but is subject to eternal condemnation" —because they said.” (John 5:29). Be faithful until death. to the resurrection of condemnation. AND ROSE UP TO PLAY. that some of the people addressed there committed eternal sin and couldn't be renewed by repentance (Heb. They are not being merciful or loving by preaching their lies and tickling the ears of the backslidden. covetousness.10 and the list there. 10:26-29). even though it might mean severe persecution and physical death. This is a horrible and deadly distortion of the true Christian described in the Bible. “The Son of Man will send out His angels. such a teacher proclaiming lifestyle sinning is no real friend of the immoral. False shepherds say the righteous person who becomes an evil doer can still go to heaven. which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation.16).
Here is what they slanderously say about us: ● Such people don’t believe in grace. Both are just as deadly and are misleading people to hell by their teachings. 5:2-4). ● Such people believe in sinless perfection for salvation. 1:5). ● Such people think they lose their salvation every time they sin. is non-existent! There really is no difference.11). But we also know some have treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant
. We believe it is only by the blood of Jesus that we can be purged from our sins (Heb. ● Such people believe in a works salvation. ● Such people don’t believe in the free gift of eternal life. according to Scripture. Sometimes the grace changers will intentionally imply any. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. and will cast them into the furnace of fire. The following are misconceptions and strawman arguments that eternal security teachers use to falsely accuse and discredit Christians like us who teach a conditional security for the believer. ● Such people are in legalism. 5:4). 6:9. as the Bible declares (Acts 15:11. We contact Jesus’ precious. ● Such people don’t believe in the blood of Jesus. etc.10 and remain saved. If you are a real Christian flee from such a congregation and so-called "pastor. Eph. then Christ has become of no effect unto such people. Don't share in his wicked work (2 John 10.6 things that offend. who unashamedly declare a Christian can commit the occasional acts of sin such as cited in 1 Cor. We believe and know without a doubt that we are saved by grace. Setting The Record Straight Let’s review that list again but this time supply Biblical answers/comments to clear away these misconceptions about Christians who embrace a conditional security: ● Such people don’t believe in grace. Ten Common Misconceptions About Conditional Security Too many people misrepresent conditional salvation." regardless how convenient it may be to remain.” (Mat 13:41. but after we do get saved we also know we can fall from grace (Gal. saving blood at the point of a trusting-submitting faith in the Lord Jesus when we turn from all sins and get born again. Don't endanger your eternal soul and the souls of those you love by attending and supporting such a ravenous wolf in sheep's clothing. and those who practice lawlessness. ● Such people are trying to save themselves. some or all of the following to dishonour our beliefs when they are teaching.). 1:3) and set free from its slavery (Rev. If such occurs. 8. We also know there are other ways in which we can die spiritually or lose our salvation.42) Both Are Just As Deadly The bottom line difference between eternal security teachers. according to Scripture (Gal. ● Such people don’t believe in the infinite work of Christ. and those who say they reject eternal security but teach the same. 2:5. ● Such people don’t believe in the blood of Jesus. ● Such people are unsaved.
5:5.” (Gal. are under the umbrella of grace. 10:22.6. though. But we also believe grace is best described in the following passage: “It teaches us that. ● Such people don’t believe in the free gift of eternal life. Some sins are greater than others (Jn. as Rom. 5:5-7. 21:8. (See 1 Cor. we should live soberly. 6:23 declares. and have salvation. 19:11).” (Rom. 10:27). as some have in the past. 10:33. which the eternal security teachers cannot reconcile with their security-in-sin “gospel. 4:6). But we also believe the previous verse which describes a real Christian. Therefore. 5:16 declares there is a sin that does not lead to death while there is a sin that leads to death. yet taught the aforementioned facts about salvation.11. ● Such people believe in sinless perfection for salvation.).). but it is also a hope. even if they were once saved. committing certain types of sin or disowning Jesus during persecution (1 Cor. but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good. Such an untruth cannot be tied to any Scripture. Lk. 1 Jn. We do acknowledge that Christian people can become unsaved. 1 John 2:24. Eph. 22:15. as long as we continue to follow him (John 10:27). and others like them. Rev. 21:8. Gal. etc. Eternal life is gift. and the end. Because our faith is alive we have good deeds (James 2:17). We are not unsaved because we reject eternal security.
. ● Such people are in legalism. For the wages of sin is death. But we also know the Lord Jesus and his apostles taught those already saved that they would have to endure and remain faithful to God to the end to be saved and not be hurt by the second death (Mt. Rom. 6:9. 3:14). ● Such people are unsaved. However. but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 5:19-21. 2:7. denying ungodliness and worldly lusts.). Rev.9. 3:29). 6:8-10).7 that sanctified them (Heb. and what leads to holiness resulting with eternal life: “But now having been set free from sin. We do not believe in sinless perfection for salvation. Eph. 17:11-18) and not being completely humble and gentle (Eph.” In other words. Gal. Gal. ● Such people are trying to save themselves. righteously.9. as we have opportunity. Gal. 2:10. 6:18). As already stated we believe we are saved by grace. 4:2) are not included in any of the lists of sins that will send people to the lake of fire. Rev. especially to those who are of the household of faith. 6:8. Heb. let us do good to all. 15:2. Jude 7. See also James 4:4. while other sins are outside our bodies (1 Cor. and having become slaves of God. 1:8. for the ones who persist in doing good and don’t give up sowing to please the Spirit of God (Titus 3:7. Paul also believed and wrote about salvation (by grace) and gave the following to those who had already been saved: “For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption. We are not trying to save ourselves.25. etc. We know our redemption was paid for in full at the cross by Christ alone when he said. for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Mark 10:30. 2:7. everlasting life. 6:22.23). ● Such people don’t believe in the infinite work of Christ. Rev. Jesus is the only Savior (Acts 4:12) and our eyes are on him for our salvation. One type is eternal (Mk. while others are not.10. 3:15. not legalism.” (Titus 2:12). Paul taught against legalism. Mt. other sins certainly will send any person to hell if they die unrepentant. by believing/preaching a false gospel. We believe that eternal life is a gift. We are his sheep. and godly in the present age. those Scriptures. 10:29) and have since become enemies of God with raging fire awaiting them (Heb. Sins such as worry (Phil. even a person who was once saved. All sins are not the same in their effect on our souls. yet to be reaped in the age to come. unthankfulness (Col. 5:19-21. even though we have good deeds. etc. you have your fruit to holiness. Another type of sin is uniquely against our bodies. ● Such people believe in a works salvation. It is finished (John 19:30). All 100% of our trust is in Jesus alone for salvation and not our good deeds too.
Jesus said." Objection #2. it would make Christ a liar.8 ● Such people think they lose their salvation every time they sin. Objection #1. liars. which should be rejected? You must answer this for yourself. and I know them. which means that it expresses continuous action. 10:28). and they shall never perish. We do not believe we lose our salvation every time we sin. Our beliefs are backed up with appropriate Scripture used in its proper context as well as other supporting Scriptures. verse 28. 21:8). as cited in verse 28. Paul knew of widows who turned from Christ and started to follow Satan (1 Tim. under any circumstance after the words never perish. the stakes could not be greater. Therefore. Answer.. 10:28 out of context and distort Jesus' teaching. etc. drunkards. such as: worry.” (1 Thess. he will. This means it is our own personal responsibility to verify or disprove a teaching from Scripture and hold on to our Scriptural findings. Verse 27 clearly describes the type of person who will never perish. since the Bible is free from all contradictions.. indeed. we could lose it and perish. First. Jn. if. Harmony with all other related Scriptures must be considered to assure truth. 10:28 the words. We have found the eternal security proponents to be the ones who don’t understand the Bible and will misrepresent conditional salvation to make their own seem more credible. Together these two verses read: “My sheep hear My voice. 28). Remember. These are some of the most common once saved always saved (OSAS) arguments. murderers. that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 10:28 is a wonderful and true promise. We should then reject that view as we hold on to the good. whom he knows and who follow him. The promise of never perishing. 6:9. That apostle knew this could and did happen! (Unlike many in our day. neither shall any pluck them out of Christ's hand. neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. hold fast what is good. To disregard verse 27 is to twist Jn. as mentioned in the next verse! He said his sheep are listeners of his voice. not being completely humble and gentle and not overflowing with thanksgiving. etc. idolaters. does not exist anywhere in the entire Bible for one who would turn away from a dedication to Christ. Paul did not say of those widows that they were never really saved to begin with because they turned from their dedication to Christ and started to follow Satan. Christ gives them "eternal" life. Second. is to distort the passage. having received eternal life. Rev. and they follow Me.) To read into Jn. "I give them eternal life. 5:21). Are these arguments solid or are they really Scriptural distortions. Unconditional Eternal Security Arguments Answered Before you read these. "the greatest safekeeping passage in Scripture . Jesus said should not perish! This teaches OSAS. but only as Jesus meant it to be understood! To discern this. or truth. Notice a triple promise here concerning the security of God's sheep. for we are dealing with an issue which has eternal consequences. All this refutes the OSAS primary proof text or what one proponent called. as just shown. The word translated follow is present indicative active in the Greek. and third.. We get all 100% of our beliefs from the Bible and sincerely have studied it with a willingness to change accordingly.” (v.10. Never are such sins included in any Biblical list which states who will not inherit the kingdom of God and/or be thrown into the lake of fire such as the sexually immoral. if a teaching is not consistently taught throughout the Scriptures it can't be the right interpretation. assure us that we will never perish. they shall "never" perish. In other words. 27). keep in mind the following two-part command: “Test all things. Jesus did not include these words in his promise and neither should we! The description of his sheep shows that the security cited in the next two verses is a conditional one. we must examine verse 27 carefully to learn who the pronouns them and they are referring to in verse 28. neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. “And I give them eternal life. For example. as long as we remain faithful and continue to follow Jesus. (1 Cor. 5:5-7. They are used by millions throughout the world as backing for OSAS. Eph. for our own sakes. Answer.” (v.
. Jesus taught: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. 3:16). There are many sins that will not damn any Christian to eternal fire if committed. In other words.” (Jn.” (Jn. assumptions. 5:11-15). and they shall never perish.
but never one's relationship as a son. Our fellowship with God can suffer because of sin.a terrible sin .“ (Jn. 5:21). then later start believing again. This implies that Jesus alone is to be the focal point of our trust for our soul's salvation.9 The word believes in Jn. 8:13). According to Jesus. This was not true for King Saul. die because we chose to live according to the sinful nature (Rom. the Lord is saying here that we must continuously be believing the Father. one can truly believe and receive spiritual life. 15:24. and certainly many others throughout the centuries! Objection #6. that is. according to 1 Corinthians 5.a continual 100% trusting-submitting faith in Jesus for our soul's salvation. be disowned by Christ (Mt. We will never be condemned. 3:3-18). The verse clearly says that we have passed from death into life. Paul still regarded the person as a saved man. King Solomon. Objection #5.. Some have regarded 1 Corinthians 5:5 as the strongest verse in the Bible for once saved. we can fall away (Lk.didn't lose his salvation thereby . always saved and I would not disagree. as the Lord also mentioned (Lk. one cannot lose his salvation! Answer. he would indeed get saved again.32). and shall not come into judgment. 14:6. the same one who gave us Jn. 5:24 is a present active participle in the Greek. but this doesn't mean the same will always continue to believe afterwards! Finally. 22:19). Objection #4. have our share in New Jerusalem taken away (Rev. Answer. his testimony about Jesus. 8:13) and as the Prodigal Son. 1:5). the word believes in Jn. 3:16 is a present active participle. 5:24). 6:66.. the unnamed disciples of Jn. Those who truly get saved will faithfully endure to the end and never follow another. Again. again is a rhetorical question that has confused some. 10:22 which states we must endure to the end to be saved. Paul believed one could be sexually immoral and saved at the same time. lose our inheritance of the kingdom of God (Gal. Jesus was promising only those who continue to believe on him the assurance that they shall not perish. 10:33). 11:23 declares. the Apostle Judas Iscariot. To be born again is the same as getting saved or believing in Jesus (Jn. but has passed from death into life. See Mt. as long as we keep this condition . Therefore. as some would wishfully like all others to believe.. The man who had "his father's wife" . This verse does not cover others who just believe for a while then fall away. 15:24)! This obviously describes a much greater loss than just our fellowship with God (or rewards). Remember also the Prodigal who became alive again after he repented (Lk. Can you be born again. Therefore. Answer. To ask if we can be born again.
. As adopted sons (Eph. become spiritually dead and lost (Lk. 8:13). Objection #3. In spite of the sin of fornication. Therefore. 17:5 cf. Objection #7. 3:16 also gave us Mt. as Rom. again? Answer. But if one would stop believing in Jesus. he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life. Jn. I say to you. Jesus taught: “Most assuredly.
When one gets saved. yet it is possible to stop believing (Lk. you may be a winner or a loser in your behavior. nor covetous. You may be disciplined for wrong behavior. In light of Gal. Only the counterfeit grace message. but that does not necessitate or guarantee the possession of that life eternally! The crux of this argument really centers around the possession of eternal life.32.50 describing those who will be cast into the fiery furnace: “So it will be at the end of the age. Neither fornicators. was never identified as a true Christian while sexually immoral! Instead. Rom. he is always saved. This argument is based on natural fact. which doesn't always hold up as truth. as you put it. nor adulterers. Paul specifically mentioned the sexually immoral. Whom should we believe? Objection #9. It's just the same when you're born into God's family. it wouldn't be eternal! Therefore. Also. who knew more about grace than anyone in our day. Paul identified this man by the term evil in verse 13. This type of argument has both truth and error mixed into it. so that he could inherit the kingdom of God and not be lost. not his body (soma). A child cannot become unborn. Paul goes on to say of the same person in 1 Cor. Paul wanted his flesh. The angels will come forth. who was sexually immoral. 5:5: “Deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. 1). which is a license for immorality. There's no way to be unborn just because you don't measure up to the standards of your family. he receives eternal life. 13:49. Answer. one receives eternal life because of faith in Christ. True grace teaching does not allow the sexually immoral into the kingdom of God. and cast them into the furnace of fire. If that man was still saved in his sexually immoral state. Paul knew that this sexually immoral man wasn't saved. father-child relationships can be ended? We are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus (Gal." Note: Paul knew the man was wicked based on his sexual immorality. the unnamed man in 1 Corinthians 5. Beyond all of this. and not if eternal life is anything other than eternal. 10:33). When you're born into your earthly family.” (1 Cor. he will in turn disown us (Mt. at the point of salvation. 2:18) and for our faith to become shipwrecked (1 Tim. 8:13. In spite of what some teachers say. but Jesus said if we disown him. Therefore. and the relationship of a father and a child cannot be ended. 8:13). two months. nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 3:10) and "sons of the evil one" (Mt. If that life could be lost. 6:9. We can't become unborn. or even two years. regardless of any past moment of faith. they will not inherit the kingdom of God: “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. 1 Jn. we were all "children of the devil" (Acts 13:10. the very sin the unnamed man of 1 Corinthians 5 was guilty of (v. However. etc. once a person is saved. eternal life is everlasting life. that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus”. don't be deceived. And remember. 13:38). states they are wicked and then says.20). Also. Lk. which is the same word in the Greek (poneros) found in Mt. (OSAS adherents frequently make this kind of mistake of arguing from the natural to the spiritual. 5:5 is also found in Gal. but we can die spiritually (Lk.15. and we can too as sons of God. nor thieves. with especially the warning of verse 21 in mind. Jam. In spite of this clear teaching from Paul. nor revilers. but you won't be disowned. 10:22). many remain deceived about the sexually immoral. eternal life comes to the believer through faith in Christ is not life for two weeks. 5:19 and includes fornication (porneia). or sinful nature (sarx) destroyed. 3:26). 1:19. nor sodomites. angels and Adam are called "son(s) of God" (Job 1:6. Again. tries to do this! Objection #8.10 Answer. once we are saved we will always be saved. this spiritual father-child relationship changed at the point of salvation. nor drunkards. have our faith destroyed (2 Tim. 8:44). the devil was our spiritual father (Jn. for the Corinthian congregation was told to hand him over to Satan so his sinful nature (flesh) would be destroyed. you say that you won't be disowned. nor homosexuals. separate the wicked (poneros) from among the just. that his spirit may be saved. While
. nor idolaters. in the very next chapter.) This type of error can be demonstrated by the following facts: Before we became Christians. 3:38. Answer. Once a son. according to Scripture! Aren't you glad that spiritual. Finally.10). There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. the same Greek word translated flesh (sarx) in 1 Cor. Paul would not have issued that directive for this to be accomplished. then applied to the spiritual. It begins at the moment of conversion and stretches on through the eons of time. 5:19-21. but you're still a member of that family.)! We must endure to the end to be saved (Mt. yet some angels and Adam lost their eternal life. In other words. 15:24. always a son. Certainly. 1:14.
6:9. Therefore. what is the answer? Lev. Scripture just plainly states they will end up in the lake of fire (Rev. Therefore. 21:8. Does it not follow. because if he was then he was clearly unsaved at that time. according to the aforementioned verses. 21:8! If David didn't repent. any writer of the Bible. Finally. 8:13) and miss the kingdom of God (Gal. so that he dies. king of Israel or any other kind of person who would become sexually immoral and a murderer. Rev. abominable. just before his physical death. he is a murderer. And uphold me by Your generous Spirit” (Psa. 5:1921)! Objection #10. According to Scripture. he is a murderer. etc. as David and the Prodigal did.)! Just because David prayed to have the joy of his salvation restored doesn't mean he didn't previously lose his salvation also. which is the second death. he would have missed the kingdom. On the other hand. based on Psa.43).” (Num. We know this because of his prayer in Psalm 51. according to 1 Cor. idolaters. Since the Prodigal lost his salvation through sexual immorality (Lk. David lost only the joy of his salvation by his adultery and murder. 51:12.10. the adulterer and the adulteress. the prayer of David shows that he had not lost his salvation. the murderer shall surely be put to death. why would you think David didn't through his sexual immorality and murder? Also note that David received immediate forgiveness in Nathan's presence after he was confronted with his sins (2 Sam.10. according to Rev. To say David's sins of adultery and murder did not cause him to lose his salvation.10 and Rev. and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him”. and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone." (Rev. it is impossible to prove OSAS from David's example and prayer. 51:12). There is no Scripture that states it would take two or five or twenty acts of adultery or murder before one is an adulterer or murderer! Furthermore. who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. the possession of such is something altogether different. 12:13b). the murderer shall surely be put to death. a one-time act of murder makes the man a murderer. From the list in 1 Cor. he is a murderer. according to the Scriptures? Again. 6:9. then. And if he strikes him with a stone in the hand. The same could be said of David. 23:42. who knows all there is to know about salvation. Those who purport to reject OSAS
. 3:15. 6:9. his own keeping power. it is everlasting. This proves OSAS. according to Scripture. Psalm 51 apparently was written after David was already forgiven. sexually immoral. and in the fifty-first Psalm. according to 1 Ki. etc. even if one doesn't continue to possess it? Moreover. even though he did prior to this. (So. is to contradict Scripture (1 Cor.” From this verse we learn that a one-time act of adultery makes a person an adulterer or an adulteress. there might be a more grievous sin which could be committed or some other way that could negate one's salvation. his exclusion from the kingdom was apparently reversed at the point of his forgiveness. Moreover. 1 Jn. even if David did not lose his salvation from these sins. The Sovereign God. murderers. 21:8. by which one could die. David never strayed again. 35:16-18). but the joy of salvation. unbelieving. according to Scripture. a murderer. David was a man after God's own heart and wrote part of the Bible. Or if he strikes him with a wooden hand weapon. and he does die. Answer. yet at that point he still did not have the joy of his salvation restored: “Restore to me the joy of Your salvation. he who commits adultery with his neighbor's wife. 3:15 states: “Whoever hates his brother is a murderer. how was David a man after God's own heart? In Jer. 20:10 states: “The man who commits adultery with another man's wife. Similarly. We must also consider if David was or was not a Bible-defined adulterer or murderer when in unrepentant sin. the murderer shall surely be put to death. grace. Also. when such a one does repent and finds forgiveness. spoke from his throne after the infinite and finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ: “But the cowardly. regarding murder. 21:8). You don't have to go any further than that. but according to Scripture he can still die spiritually (Rom. But please note: there is no fine print in Scripture that states protection for anyone who is a man after God's own heart. The only hope they have is to repent. They were bad. at that time he did not have eternal life abiding (remaining) in him.” This same phrase used for David is also used here and indicates spiritual leaders guiding people with godly knowledge and understanding. so he did enter the kingdom of God. he is no longer sexually immoral.11 eternal life will always be eternal. To answer this. David committed sins of murder and adultery. 15:5. and he does die. by which one could die. found instant forgiveness and went to Paradise (Lk. love and faithfulness. Again. 15:24. But David's sins were under the blood of Christ. as long as a Christian has spiritual life. we must consider how many times does one have to murder or commit adultery to be considered a murderer or adulterer. sorcerers. which clearly occurred. David was a premeditated murderer. in Numbers a murderer's identity is revealed: “But if he strikes him with an iron implement. We must condemn his sins. On the theoretical side. 21:8) David was clearly unsaved when in unrepentant sin (as was Bathsheba). we read: “And I will give you shepherds according to My heart.32). that eternal life will still remain eternal. according to the Bible. David lost much more than the joy of his salvation by his adultery and murder!) But there is more. shall surely be put to death. This is especially clear with the dying thief who. This is easily proven by noting that eternal life was eternal even before a saved person ever possessed it.
For if God did not spare the natural branches. after salvation. 6:14. in effect. we are saved by GRACE. God wouldn't save a person then later send him to Hell. false doctrine about salvation and disowning Christ during persecution. this objection is like saying.15! Objection #13. not put on probation! Answer. it is true that we become a son of God at the point of salvation (Jn.kept in heaven" for us (1 Pet. 11:20.. 5:19-21. This verse is also true! Better than the word "probation" would be to say: according to Scripture.21. Jesus clearly taught that our future sins would not be automatically forgiven in Matt. God would never give His Spirit to later take it away from a person. Paul wrote: ". This is the Scriptural basis for getting forgiven AFTER initial salvation... ". Acts 10:43-48.. like love. one can be adulterous and murderous and still remain saved! This is also a license for immorality. remember Psa. however. Yes. Gal." Objection #14. 10:28. Salvation is the full pardon by grace from the penalty of all sin. 28:13 and John's teaching on this subject as cited in 1 Jn. Finally. 2:11. Furthermore. 1:12).. We are made sons of God. Answer. Objection #11. But rather FEAR HIM who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.." Rom. then Rom.. However.love for the one who saved us is the greatest and only acceptable motive for living a holy life. etc. Those that are saved have an inheritance that can "never perish. and you stand by faith. Answer. is indeed a legitimate motive or reason for serving God! Jesus told the Twelve when they were about to go out: "And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Read and ponder Revelation chapters 2 and 3. all sins afterwards committed are NOT automatically covered! If they were." Answer. However. FEAR.43. "Serve the Lord with FEAR and rejoice with trembling. However. spoil or fade -. 16:14). . 1:9. 103:12). 1:3... would be senseless! Furthermore. past. Answer. Because of unbelief they were broken off. "For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast TO THE END" Heb. 18:9-14.
. 8:13.4). Yes. This.12 but maintain that David never lost his salvation are saying.23). Furthermore. Objection #12. present or future. the king of Israel! The real truth is God would never force a person to continue to follow Jesus even after his faith in Jesus produced salvation. He may not spare you either. Objection #15. Prov.. Psa. At salvation. the rest of this argument is contrasted by Scripture! See Peter's advice to Simon (Acts 8:22.." Matt. 23:42. Do not be haughty.. This was not the case for Judas and Saul. clearly wasn't the case for Saul (1 Sam. all sin to that point is forgiven and forgotten (Lk. we are sons of God with a free will and the potential of still not inheriting the kingdom of God.. BUT FEAR. because of certain sins. 3:14.
Objection #19.. 3:5. 7:25 or Rom. etc. This means that Paul knew his "know-so" salvation at the moment could be negated in the future. 1:12). the Father heard Jesus' prayer! Answer." Answer. Certainly.10. I have kept the faith" (2 Tim.. as drunkenness. etc.9. Jesus is now praying for us from the right hand of God. 1:9 and Rom. according to MANY Scriptural passages. 4:4-6.. fall into impurity. 3:9). this didn't occur. 1 Cor. from 1 Cor. Objection #17. 6:9. just the opposite was repeatedly declared by Paul (Gal.10 and Gal. greed. "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. let's call it "sin" not just "bad deeds. is not a certainty of remaining saved! In the very same prayer... 24:13) and to "REMAIN" in Him or be thrown into the fire (Jn.if salvation from the penalty of breaking God's laws cannot be earned by good deeds. (Also. 7:13. override His incredibly powerful prayers and His will for us.") Please note that sins such as worry and unthankfulness are not listed anywhere in Scripture as being spiritually lethal. The verse referred to is from John 17. 8:34. 8:34 regarding Jesus' prayers for us now. slander and lying are! Objection #18. 5:21. however. Paul obviously believed God would guard or keep him. The only way Paul could have made this statement for himself was if he believed in unconditional eternal security. This type of statement-conclusion must be carefully examined. See 1 Cor. Yes. sexual immorality.14). Remember also the many other references cited in this study. it is true that we don't gain our salvation by good deeds. 17:24). 4:7). Remember. However. Furthermore. Our free will can. 2:8.. outside factor to consider here. in spite of His will! This is also the answer for the unconditional eternal security proponent who argues from Heb. idolatry. It doesn't say that we cannot annul it through our after-conversion activities and/or beliefs! In fact. ". Jesus also prayed for "complete unity" among the believers (Jn. Therefore. according to Rom. Tit. yet most will perish (Matt. we can assume that Paul believed personally the things he wrote to others. Jesus prayed to the Father that He would protect His disciples and that none would be lost. Answer. 6:9. Objection #16. However. I have finished the race. there must be some unnamed. Here we see Paul believed in human responsibility too. 10:22. This.13 This wonderful passage of Scripture only describes our inheritance as Christians. 5:19-21 just to mention two. His powerful prayers and our free will work together. it was Jesus Himself who told His disciples that they would have to "stand firm to the end to be saved" on more than one occasion (Matt.
. Answer. 1:10-13. I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day. 15:4-6)! Also. A real Christian won't ever be condemned as Romans 8:1 reads. grow lukewarm. 15:2. he also knew about the human responsibility for this: "I have fought the good fight.. ". the conclusion is FALSE. This. as already cited. according to Eph. Clearly. doesn't mean that His servants cannot be deceived by false teachers. Paul certainly knew that a "know-so" salvation existed and that he had it.). then it CANNOT BE LOST BY BAD DEEDS". however. This is also evident from the following: It is His will that none should perish (2 Pet. however. However." (2 Tim. 2 Tim.
" which connects Paul's "confidence" for them to his prayers for them. 6:8. if you continue in His goodness. in no uncertain terms.6. It's true that Samson is mentioned in Heb." This verse shows the shield of protection that believers have exists ONLY as long as we keep the faith! The Lord taught this is certainly no guarantee. and why he was included in this chapter is mentioned in verse 34. but fear.
. 5:19-21. this was not a lukewarm. severity." Rom. Phil. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell. 8:1 refers ONLY to those that are in Christ Jesus! This can only be the case if we continue in the faith. 1 Pet..30)." This proves unconditional eternal security. The Apostle Paul. 2 Jn. 4:3-8). Objection #21. Note the same phrase mentioned in verse 6. and God rejecters who will NOT inherit the kingdom of God (1 Cor. 15:6. Paul wrote. 8:13. Also. worldly church group. Verse 7 reads. Objection #23. Otherwise you also will be cut off. The New Testament declares this promise to be true ONLY in the lives of those who meet the conditions stated elsewhere in Scripture as in Matt. which is really the whole basis of this favorite unconditional eternal security argument. etc. Rom. Answer. however. 2:12 declares that this church group "always obeyed" in Paul's presence. Though not perfect. For if God did not spare the natural branches. 2:24. but according to the Spirit. for not only did they "always obey. 1 Jn..10." they were enduring the same types of struggles that Paul had (1:29. "who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. 6:9. "Because of unbelief they were broken off. The key words in this verse are. but toward you. 5:5. 21:5-8)." Lk. "It is right for me to think this of you all. Answer. that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ. Furthermore." as he states in verse 6. Eph.14 This "no condemnation" mentioned in Rom. the immediate context of the verse CLEARLY shows WHY Paul was so "confident. and you stand by faith. and they alone helped support Paul financially from the very beginning and were still doing so as this epistle was being written (4:14-16).meaning they would be aided in their personal struggles by his heart felt prayers cited in verses 9-11. 1:6 needs to be understood in the light of the context of that book. "Being confident of this very thing. 11:32. Phil. Do not be haughty. for it's definitely possible NOT to remain in the Son (Jn. Besides the context of the book. 10:22. with His words. the "no condemnation" is conditional as the promise applies only to those who "do not walk according to the flesh. 1:5 says. like him. Answer. we “are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Gal. 9). "through faith." Note: The basis of the "confidence" mentioned in verse 6 was NOT a guaranteed eternal security which all Christians have in common! The basis of Paul's "confidence" mentioned in verse 6 was that he had them "IN HIS HEART" -. Samson was sexually immoral and he's mentioned as a hero in Hebrews 11. goodness.” This verse supports unconditional eternal security. Also. Therefore. "! Objection #20. Furthermore. Samson. though. 11:20-22. because I have you in my heart. God Himself declared that the sexually immoral will go to the fiery lake of burning sulfur (Rev. David and/or any living person today is no exception! Objection #22. 8:13. has nothing to do with the conclusion that one can be sexually immoral and be saved. This. "until the day of Jesus Christ" is repeated in verse 10 as "till the day of Christ. Gal. stated that the sexually immoral are wicked. Phil. one can be sexually immoral. impure. 1:6 declares. and be saved. 1 Thess. He may not spare you either.
3:9 says. 10:26-31)! The same can be said elsewhere about Paul (Rom. we know Christians can likewise commit this awful sin and still go to heaven. Rom. Though God's promise to Israel in Deut. 13 something that is not there. which can be negated by sin! Objection #26. 15:6). which frees one from sin's slavery and changes his desire for sin. "Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day. those referred to in 2 Pet. 31 verses 6 and 8 is that He [God] will never "forsake" them. in an effort to immediately discredit the opposing view. according to Deut. 6:10 cf. which can be nullified by "evil.). 13:5b which is taken from the Old Testament reference of Deut. I know I am eternally secure because God has promised that He will never leave me and never forsake me. various "troubles" came upon them: wasting famine. However. for it does not even deal with an assured and guaranteed entrance into the kingdom of God at all. 8:13. this verse deals with initial salvation. and I will hide My face from them." His Word. wild beasts. 119:9-11). but left the matter entirely in God's hands (Jdg. according to what was just cited. in that they have turned to other gods. However. suicide victims decidedly take into their own hands the termination of their own physical lives. however. 10:11-14)! This. because he has been born of God. then Paul's multiple warnings to the Christians would be meaningless (Gal. as the whole chapter bears out. 5:19-21. the younger widows of 1 Tim. but instead a promise for temporal protection and well-being only. Obviously. His prayer shows he asked God to let him die with the Philistines.8. "Whoever has been born of God does not sin. 2:12. 6:4-6. Samson did not commit suicide. Therefore. Such unconditional eternal security proponents infer that it is impossible to believe in the finished work of Christ and not believe in unconditional eternal security at the same time. I believe in unconditional eternal security because I believe in the finished work of Christ! Answer. they are wrong. Therefore. as one might not "remain" in the Vine (Jn. 2:20-22. 2 Tim. 31:6. for His seed remains in him. 32:23-25. Samson committed suicide and he went to heaven because he is listed in the faith chapter. Objection #25. 5:11-15. Answer. In part. Unlike Samson. Gal. 'Have not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?' And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done. etc. 16:28-30). Answer. the unconditional eternal security people read into this Scripture found in Heb. and he cannot sin. consuming pestilence. The finished work of Christ is foundational to Christianity." [This is a conditional promise. and I will forsake them. vipers and sword. etc.15 1 Jn. 9:26. didn't mean he believed in unconditional eternal security as well (Heb. impedes sin IF HIDDEN IN OUR HEART (Psa. God's seed might not "remain" in the person who gets born of God! If 1 Jn. about ten verses later in the same chapter God predicts Israel will "forsake" Him. 3:12-14. 3:9 had the meaning the unconditional eternal security advocates give it. 5:19-21)! Objection #24. 7:27. And many EVILS AND TROUBLES shall befall them. He will "forsake" us!] What does it mean then to be forsaken by God here? When this occurred. deadly plague. Answer. then in verse 17 He said. God honored Samson's prayer." If we "forsake" God by turning to evil. and they shall be devoured. so that they will say in that day. to conclude from this verse that one can't go back to a life of sin is error as the Biblical examples of Solomon. This is quoted from Heb." This seems clear to me that someone truly saved can't go back to a life of sin. The unnamed writer of Hebrews certainly believed in the finished work of Christ also (Heb. 19:4)!
. but didn't honor Jonah's prayer for the same (Jonah 4:3) nor Elijah's prayer (1 Ki. show! "God's seed. but irrelevant in this controversy regarding the believer's security.
Because of the teaching of once saved always saved. but afterwards fall away (Lk. that when Scripture is quoted. According to true grace teaching. This reflects how truly dark are the days in which we live!
. etc. Eternal life comes to the repentant the moment such believe on Jesus for salvation (Jn.
The True Plan of Salvation The true plan of salvation is repentance towards God and faith in Christ Jesus (Acts 20:21).32). as just shown. Heb. The Lord Jesus taught the road to life is "hard" and only a "few" will find it (Mt. 10:30) for only the ones who PERSIST IN DOING GOOD (Rom. 6:8. many people who embrace once saved. 6:8. Rev.16 Objection #27. always saved actually deny the infinite work of Christ by denying He died for every single person who ever lived. 10:22. etc. Jn. However. 6:9).10 or Rev. 3:14. 1 Tim. after initial salvation we must endure to the "end" to enter the kingdom of God and escape the lake of fire (Mt. doesn't relate to this controversy about the believer's security! In fact.9). the infinite work of Christ. such as 1 Cor. Many get saved. 1 Jn. it is disregarded. 3:16. Gal. Answer. If I'm wrong as an unconditional eternal security advocate. 6:66. 6:9. works. this is irrelevant to the issue! Truth is the deciding factor. 2:10. 6:47. 15:24. and the giver of God's Word is falsely accused of teaching legalism. and without challenge.14).). bondage. In other words. 7:13. so DO NOT BE DECEIVED (James 1:14-16). I want to be wrong because I overemphasize the infinite work of Christ on the cross. The Prodigal is a clear example of this (Lk.9) in the AGE TO COME (Mk.13). 8:13. 8:13. We prove our repentance by our deeds (Acts 26:20). grace has been taught as a license for immorality for so long.11). So. 21:8. This sounds like a good reason to accept unconditional eternal security or stay with this position. The end result of sin is spiritual death. but there is another important aspect of eternal life that many are totally unware of in our day because of the false teaching of eternal security. If a saved person sows to please his sinful nature he'll die spiritually (Rom. 1:19. which shows unconditional eternal security is a myth that holds its adherents in a false security with obvious spiritual disadvantages. yet to be REAPED (Gal. eternal life is also a HOPE (Titus 3:7). 2:7) and DO NOT GROW WEARY AND GIVE UP (Gal. 5:12.