The belief that once you get Saved you will always be Saved is a false doctrine. This doctrine, doing the most damage to the Christian walk.
I will make an attempt in this Article to reveal to you Scriptures that teach contrary to the teaching of Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS)
It all started probably when I was 16 or 17 years old, and at that time, I believed all that men were teaching me, that Once Saved, you are always Saved, then I read this verse.
(That being answered, I proceeded to ask Him other questions I had concerning Scriptures)
Now here is the dilemma, I know many people who claim to be Saved, yet they continue to live in those evil things that are mentioned in I Cor 6:9 such as being a fornicator (sexual relations with others that is not their spouse) and adulterers (those who are married having sexual relations with others who they are not married to, or having sexual thoughts about others who is not their spouse (Mat 5:28).) So then either Once Saved Always Saved is True or what Scriptures says is True, BOTH cannot be True!!!
You can’t be both Saved (going to Heaven) and a fornicator (going to hell) For example:
Bob at the age of 25 accepts Christ as his Savior and Lord and gets Saved. All his sins are forgiven him, he is now a new man in Christ (II Cor 5:17) He believes Jesus is the Son of God, and that He died on the cross for his sins. Bob repents of his sins, crying at the alter. Now according to the teaching of today, this man is Saved. And according to Scriptures is Saved. Ten years later, still a Christian and still Saved, he decides to move in with a girl, which includes a sexual relationship with her, without getting married to her. He is doing this to make sure they are compatible together, and marriage would be an option later, providing everything works out alright living together first.
In Truth, Bob is now a fornicator, because he is having a sexual relationship with someone who he is not married to, not being married himself. So then he, according to Scriptures is a fornicator, yet he is also Saved (if it be so that a Saved person can’t lose it)
Now Scriptures teach a Saved person is going to Heaven, Scriptures also teach that a fornicator will NOT go to Heaven. How can Bob be both going to Heaven and not going to Heaven at the same time? Are you seeing the problem?
If Once you are Saved, you are always Saved, than it doesn’t matter what you do afterwards, you are still Saved – This is not Scriptural – but is a precept of man. A false doctrine.
Now those who are die-hard fans of the Once Saved Always Saved teaching, are quick to say “ Then Bob was never Saved to begin with” Which I can understand why they would think that, because if Once you are Truly Saved you will always be Saved and if at the end of your life you are found not Saved, then it stands to reason you were never truly Saved then, according to their thinking. But there is one problem with this line of thought, and I present to them a question, to which I rarely get a response. The question is “If Bob, were to have died after he accepted Christ (Saved) and was forgiven and redeemed at the time he accepted Jesus into his life, But before he became a fornicator, would he then go to Heaven?”
Now do you understand why they don’t answer? If they say “No, he is not Saved” How then is a person Saved? If they say “Yes” then they are forced to see that Bob WAS Saved indeed prior to being a fornicator, but only became unsaved when he chose to live in fornication and became a fornicator.
So then the only conclusion is – that Bob WAS SAVED when he accepted Christ and all his sins were forgiven unto him, the moment he asked Christ to forgive him of his sins and asked Him into his heart, but lost his Salvation when he chose his own self to walk away from God and to live in fornication, which is something that will prevent him from going to Heaven despite what he says with his mouth (i.e. “I’m Saved”, or “I’m a Christian”, or “I’m under Grace”, or “I’m under the Blood of Jesus”)
I know this is hard to swallow, that is because it is meat of the Word and not milk, and milk is what most Christians of today are still being fed, and not meat.
Again, assume for a moment that you are talking with an unsaved person, you speak to him about Jesus Christ and what He has done for him, that Jesus died on the cross, and was risen the third day back to life again, that Jesus is the Son of God and loves him, and that Jesus wants to forgive this man of his sins. This man breaks down to you, he repents of all his evil sins and he asks Jesus Christ (who he believes is the Son of God) to forgive him, this man after praying on his face for 20 minutes looks up to you and asks “Am I Saved now?” Tell me, how will you answer that man? What he has just done is indeed how to become Saved according to Scriptures, you tell him “Yes, Jesus Christ has forgiven you of your sins, you are a new man in Christ, you are Saved” What you have just told this man is TRUE and is in accordance with Scriptures, this man IS SAVED.
Now assume 6 years later this same man loses his job and his wife is going to leave him and take his children with her, he goes and buys a gun and kills his wife and takes off, spending the rest of his life on the run, robbing stores and mugging people to survive.
Remember you told this man he was Saved, that he was forgiven, that he was going to Heaven, Did you lie to him? Is he going to Heaven? Or has he altogether turned from God and his Salvation which he had?
What then? He never was Truly Saved to begin with? But he was Saved, he repented of his sins, he accepted Jesus Christ is the Son of God, all these things which brings one to Salvation. If he were to have died the day after he got Saved, he would go to Heaven. So he was (WAS) Saved, but he chose to walk away from his Salvation.
We have Scriptural evidence of people walking away from their Salvation. Look at Anias and his wife Sapphira in Acts 5, both of them were Saved, we know this because Acts 4:31 says they ALL were filled with the Holy Ghost, verse 32 says they ALL believed, which is the main ingredient for Salvation, and all of them sold their possessions and distributed fairly among all the others, except Anias and his wife, who after having the Holy Ghost, and selling their property like all the other Saved Christians had done, decided their own selves to keep back part of the money (greed) for themselves (Acts 5:2) Once they knowingly and willingly lied, they chose to give up their Salvation.
Point being, just because people accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord does not mean they will remain in good standings to go to Heaven.
Jesus Himself taught this as well in a parable of the seeds by the wayside. ALL of these people get Saved, they accept Christ as their Savior and Lord but because of one reason or another, they freely choose to walk away from it, consider:
So then even Jesus teaches that Once a person is Saved (believes – Luke 8:13, accepts the Word with Joy – Mat 13:20, accepts the Word with gladness – Mark 4:16) does not mean they will remain in that condition, because they can choose to fall away (Luke 8:13, Heb 4:4)
Jesus in another parable, teaches again, that not all who claim to be Christians will enter into Heaven.
Once you are Saved, your name is written in the Book of life (Phil 4:3, Rev 13:8, 17:8, 20:12-15, 21:27, 22:19) why would Jesus then make a reference to being able to blot someone’s name out of the Book of Life? I mean Once Saved (your written in the Book of Life) Always Saved (you’ll always be written in the Book of Life), yet Jesus just indicated that He can blot a persons name out of it.
Doesn’t that mean this persons name WAS once written in the Book of Life? That he WAS once Saved, therefore his name being written into the Book of Life?
Like I said before, you can’t believe Once Saved Always Saved and ALSO believe what Scriptures teach. One of them is wrong. Let us believe God and every man a liar (Rom 3:4) Man teaches Once you are Saved, you can’t ever lose it, yet Scriptures teach that a man who has his name written in the Book of Life (Saved) can be blotted out of it. Do we have other Scriptures which refer to a person being removed from the Book of Life, once they have had their name entered into it, by becoming Saved? Yes there are. Consider:
Scriptures are True, a person can get Saved, thereby having his name written in the Book of Life, but that person can choose to fall away from it, by their own decisions, they can discard it, or reject it, therefore being blotted out of it.
The following statement is indisputable “A persons name can be removed from the Book of Life AFTER his name is put into it” Scriptures plainly and clearly teaches that. So then Once Saved Always Saved can’t be Scriptural but is a doctrine of man, it is what man teaches and not what the Words of God teach. Man teaches this false doctrine, so they can have a false sense that they are going to go to Heaven, because they are Saved. These will not try to walk a righteous path, the narrow and difficult path that leads to life, because they do not believe they have to be holy, they believe they can live however they want to live, and because they are Saved, they will always be Saved, no matter what they do. Even living in sin, they still believe they are Heaven Bound, because of this false teaching that they hold on to, else they would have to change their life to walk a much more difficult path. It is easier to believe Once Saved Always Saved, then to give up sinning for Jesus Christ.
Tell me, which is easier to believe, that a persons name once written in the Book of Life can NEVER be removed (Always Saved) or that a persons name once written in the Book of Life can be blotted out of it?
The easiest thing to believe is Once Saved Always Saved, this does not make it the Truth. Remember, narrow and difficult is the path that leads to life everlasting, it is not easy. Many think they are on the narrow path, but in Truth they have chosen the easy path and not the difficult path that only a few will find, let alone take.
When I was a kid, and come across the next few verses, I wandered why is the Word of God instructing me to endure to the end to be Saved, if Once I am Saved, I am Always Saved, why then must I endure?
Let us for a moment agree with Scriptures that teaches once you get Saved, that it is possible to lose that condition by being removed or blotted out of the Book of Life. Then of a Truth I can understand why Scriptures stresses over and over again to endure to the end THEN you shall be Saved.
Who in Scriptures can we refer to, that endured unto the end? What about Job? In Job Chapter 1 we find Job a man who was perfect and upright, and feared God, and despised evil (vs. Job 1:1)
Conversation between Jesus and satan began in verse 7. Jesus said to satan what do you think of my servant Job? Satan more or less said, if you take all that he has from him, he will not serve you as he does now (paraphrasing). So satan takes all that Job has from him, leaving him with his life (barely). Through all this, even though he did not understand why it was happening to him, he endured it, he did not turn from God, and still remained a True Servant to the Lord, because he endured to the end.
Those seeds that fell upon stony ground, did not endure, they only endured for a while (Mark 4:17) but if you endure to the end of your life, or until Christ returns, THEN you shall be Saved, THEN you shall have Eternal Salvation, one in which you can never lose and is in Truth Eternal.
Scriptures makes it clear that people can indeed Fall Away, because they did not endure, consider:
What I have written in this Article should be enough Scriptural proof to convince even the die-hard fans of Once Saved Always Saved, to at least, make them question that belief and maybe cause them to do a thorough study of the Word concerning this matter. As I say continually “Do not believe what men tell you, or even what I tell you, always believe the Word of God and search them for the Truth”
Why would you trust any human on this planet, even one that is taught of God, to lead you to Heaven? Go to the Scriptures yourself and study them diligently and see if the Holy Ghost does not reveal to you, even as I have said, for what I teach, He has taught me, unless I clearly say otherwise such as when I say, “This is my opinion” or “This is not from the Lord”.
As a last thought to this Article, in the event there are still those who believe that Once Saved Always Saved, lets assume for a moment that Once you are Saved, you will always be Saved and can’t lose it.
Tell me then, why would satan ever bother to tempt this person ever again? Think about it, if a person is Saved and can’t lose that Salvation, why would satan even mess with this person, when there is no way that person can lose his or her Salvation?
Do you think satan is an idiot? He is the God of this world (II Cor 4:4) and the father of lies (John 8:44). Do not underestimate the intelligence of our enemy, to do so is foolishness, not to mention what satan wants people to believe. We know how infinitely knowledgeable our Father in Heaven is, and yet satan believed he was smarter then Him. He wasn’t though, but by far he knows Scriptures better then we do, and he knows ALL of our weaknesses and he knows full well how to use those weaknesses against us. Which is why I asked the question, If a person gets Saved, why does satan continually attack that person, trying to tempt that person to commit sins and to continue in them? Would he not be wasting his time on someone who can never fall, who he can never have because that person will always be Saved no matter what he does?
There would be absolutely no reason whatsoever to try to tempt a Saved person, if there is no possible chance they can lose their Salvation. But why do we see when a person gets Saved is when satan comes at that person all the more, while it appears that he leaves the unsaved alone? Again, there would be no reason for satan to try to get a Saved person, a Christian to fall - - - - UNLESS they can actually fall and satan can win that person back to his side of the battle.
Now lets assume that when a person does get Saved, that they can actually fall from Grace, lose their Salvation, this then give satan motive and incentive to attack those who become Christians. If Christians can lose their Savedness, then that would be satans #1 goal. Satan already has the unsaved, they are unsaved. But Christians he will lose if he does nothing about it. Therefore when a person accepts Jesus Christ and becomes Saved, this is when satan comes quickly (Mark 4:15), howbeit not satan himself, but his demons, to tempt that person to doubt his Salvation and to turn from the ways of righteousness back to the same sins that he was doing prior to being Saved, then other demons come to convince them to excuse their evil deeds, making them believe that they are still Saved even though they continue to live in sin.
Know you not that satans main goal is to get people trapped into repeated sin. If he can get a person to continually sin without ceasing from them, in the end, that soul belongs to him, because that soul did not endure to the end, but chose to continue to live in sin, making excuses for those sins, so as to not cease from them.
If a person accepts Christ and all their past sins are forgiven them :
But thanks be to God Almighty we have His Son Jesus Christ. Because no matter who is in a backslidden condition, can get back right with Jesus by truly repenting from the heart, that is to say they cease to ever do those things they are repenting of. A True repentant heart is one that repents and adds this statement to the end of their repenting “and I will never do it again”. So says the Lord of Heaven to me, concerning a True repentant heart. Forgiveness is only granted to those who truly repent from their heart, not to those who continue to do the very things they are repenting of, so says the Lord.
So no matter what condition you are in right now, you can, through Christ, get back into good standings with Him, and this is Good News. If you are a fornicator, repent and stop fornicating. If you are a liar, repent and stop lying to people. If you are thief, repent and stop stealing. If you are an adulterer, repent and stop committing adultery, which includes to stop looking at porn, for it is written to look upon a woman to lust after her is to commit adultery, so repent and stop looking at porn. If you repent of these things, knowing full well you are going to continue to do those things, how sorry are you? You repent in vain if you do this.
The key is to look for Jesus to help you, when you are being tempted.
I pray that you are the few that will look for that path out EVERY time you are tempted to do something which you know full well is against our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Brother and Sisters, it is a great danger to even live one more day in a backslidden condition, for you know not when you hour is up. If your hour is up and you are still living in a backslidden condition, that is to say, your still living in sin, you will not inherit the Kingdom of God, as does Scriptures teach also.
Father God, I pray that the Holy Ghost will touch every person that reads this Article that they will search the Scriptures daily to see if these things in this Article be true, May they all walk even as your Son walks, that He is glorified through us. I pray to the Father, through the Holy Ghost, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
I have a challenge to all those who, after reading this Article, are still die-hard fans of Once Saved Always Saved. For them to show me any Scriptures at all that states you can’t lose your Salvation, Or show me any verses that teach Once you are Saved, you will always be Saved.
If you can’t show relevant Scriptures to back up that belief, then it is just that your belief and not what Scriptures teach. I also challenge you to explain these verses: