I promised to intimate you with the outcome of my eventual communication with the ‘apostle’ of ‘once saved, forever saved’ message on my campus, and also look at more scriptural passages that invalidate that doctrine. If you are just joining us, I advice you start with the part one of this series to catch up.
I waited for him to send a mail so I could get his email address to send him my own mail. The mail eventually came and I was glad to have an opportunity to relay my reservations to him about his doctrinal position that does not align with the scripture. I sent him a number of passages in the Bible that direct every born again Christian to work on their salvation, else they could still end up in hell. Some of those passages are here for your personal study. He responded by saying that space would not allow him to respond and advised that I come for the rest of the series, after which I would be convinced that his position was in line with the Scripture.
That was it. I could not go back there because it would amount to time wasting. But I could not stop thinking about the scores of young people who are buying into this doctrine all over the world where it is being preached. I took a moment to imagine myself in that situation; that would be an express license for me to continue in sin without a doubt. The flesh is like a car that has lost its alignment; you have to make effort to keep it steady, else it would vie off the track. The doctrine of ‘once saved, forever saved’ absolve you of making any effort or taking personal responsibility for your transformation, which is one of the reasons why we remain here on earth after accepting Jesus Christ as our LORD and SAVIOUR.
I will not be able to comment on all the passages I sent to him, you have to check them out yourself, as a way of taking personal responsibility for your spiritual development. I will only comment on a few. Please take time out to read the following: 2 Peter 3:14; Jude 24; 1 Corinthians 3:16,17; 2 Peter 2:1-4; Philippians 2:12; Ephesian 5:1-12; Romans 8:1-8, 12-14, 12:1.
In John 8:11, Jesus Christ told the woman caught in adultery that she was not condemned, but should go and sin no more. Remember the man healed by the pool of Bethesda? After Jesus Christ had healed him, He told him to “Sin no more lest worst thing come upon you” (John 5:1-12). I am wondering why Jesus Christ would admonish sternly that people should go and sin no more, and someone now says you can go on sinning and you would still make it to heaven. How possible is that?
One of the greatest challenges confronting the Church today is a religious spirit. This spirit is no respecter of name or title. It is very subtle because it masquerades as the Spirit of God. It also manifests in different forms. It would look like, smell like and even feel like God’s, but it’s not. It takes a truly developed (regenerated) spirit to detect its operations. It also manifest as the Pharisee’s spirit which Jesus Christ encountered and rebuked: “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell you yourselves are!” Matthew 23:15 (NLT). This is what most of the people under this doctrine would suffer, if they are not careful.
In conclusion, the gift and calling of God is without repentance. God will not take what He has given you away, but you could choose to toss it back at Him. The gift of salvation is for every human being; some will cherish, nurture and work it out; some will reject it outrightly and some will accept and later toss it back at Him. This means you can choose to lose your salvation, which in itself is a process. We are saved the moment we confess Jesus as our Lord and Saviour (Matthew 16:16; Act 2:21; John 3:3); we are being saved (1 Corinthians 1:18; 2 Corinthians 2:15) and we shall be saved (Matthew 10:22; Matthew 24:13; 1 Corinthians 3:15). There is a final saving where the worth of the spiritual life you have built on earth will be tested. Once saved is not forever saved. Salvation is a process, and you have to work it out yourself (Philippians 2:12).
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron… 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NKJV).
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