Once Saved, Always Saved if Ė
Thoughts Penned by:†††††† Kevin K OíConnor
Date Penned:†††††††††††††††††††† Around 2010
One of the greatest attributes of God is that when He made man, He gave us a choice as to who to serve, Him or ourselves (which actually ends up being satan). He made the angels that way, and He made us that way. Just because we come into a saving knowledge of Jesus being the Son of God Who died for our sins and then rose the third day doesnít change the fact weíve still got a choice. God never removes that right that He has chosen to give each one of us. He didnít remove it from the angels that were even in His presence and knew first hand without having to have faith the Glories of serving Him, what makes us think He will remove choice from us having come into a saving Faith of Christ as Lord?
Itís amazing how popular
that thought (Once Saved, Always Saved) being preached and taught within the
Christian realm has taken hold for who doesnít want a guarantee of eternal
life? And there happens to be some scriptures that they use to back it up as
follows; Romans 8:37-39 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 37 But in
all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved
us. 38 For I
that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
And ďifĒ you read that verse as itís stated, itís very, very true! Nothing will nor ever can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. The very word separate means to come between, God is NOT saying here that He is removing our choice to walk away and yet that is how people are twisting Godís Word.
I canít tell you the amazing amount of references Godís Word is saying that IF you continue in the Faith He has implanted in our hearts we will be saved. He mentions it in the vine and branches concerning the branches that donít bear fruit, He mentions it in the wise vs the foolish virgins concerning not keeping their lamps full of oil, He mentions to many of the churches in Revelation to ďrepentĒ or else their lamp stand will be removed any yet ďmanyĒ of those getting money to preach Godís Word are telling their supporters that their eternal life is guaranteed, yes but with the IF placed there as it should be!
I understand that itís natural, being raised in a dead religion that emphasizes the Truth of Godís Word and not His Spirit, how the beauty of that teaching takes hold BUT, it is NOT from Godís Word! To go from one extreme to the other is also wrong. Balance is what the Heavenly Father desires not one-sided/lopsided teaching of His Word.
As I pen these thoughts, I feel an intensity that is quite huge and so I believe that this false teaching is leading many souls into an everlasting hell due to allowing this teaching to take them down the road of carnality and eventually a dead faith thus dead relationship with Him.
One of the advantages I have, is Iím NOT dependent on anyoneís agreement or disagreement with what I have to say, so will speak my heart not with a slant on it so I can be well-provided for. Unfortunately, many that preach are not in that same situation and so will speak to please those they are speaking to. Notice I say the words (many or most) because not all of Godís servants are speaking to please men rather than Him.
Hereís where the rub really gets irritating, when trying to share the Truth of Godís Word with those who have accepted this lie (hook, line, and sinker), itís nearly impossible to. Theyíve so wrapped their hearts around it (the lie) and then hardened their hearts over it, they canít hear it (the Truth of salvation) even though the clarity of it is so evident in His Word. That is what truly fascinates me.
How the anger that will flow from the Fatherís heart to those with the responsibility to speak His Word rather than their own.
There are many types of speaker of His Word, Those that will study His Word for hours on end and preach it based on being paid to, then there are those who study His Word hours on end because they love Him and speak what He puts there to say. Speaking Truth is not always the easy path, in fact, itís usually the hardest path.
Yes, Once Saved is Always Saved IF, one desires it and keeps the fire of Faith burning hot within their hearts, NO, if one does not.Hebrews 11:6 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the beauty of Your Word that is not diluted by the efforts of man, may You ever help us see the passion of Your heart for each one of us to be in a passionate, living, loving relationship with Jesus as Lord. In Jesus Glorious Name, Amen.
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