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“Two Views of "Once Saves Always Saved"”

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By Jimmy Stevens

INTRODUCTION: Popular doctrine of “Once saved, always saved” or “One once saved cannot fall from grace”, teaches once a person is saved they cannot so sin as to be eternally lost.

Sample doctrine. “All true believers endure to the end. Those whom God has accepted in Christ, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall persevere to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the cause of Christ, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.”1

Context is important.
The Bible teaches no outside force, power or influence can steal a person away from God against that person’s will.
The Bible also teaches that a person can lose his salvation by giving it away.

Scriptures showing God’s power for keeping one saved.
Rom 8:31-39, This is not a discussion about a Christian’s choice, but of God’s choice to keep one saved. Nothing of this world can cause God to let go of faithful Christians.
John 10:27-29, What is not discussed is sheep leaving the safety of the fold. The emphasis of this entire chapter is on Jesus’ power to protect those who are his. It teaches that those who will be protected have chosen to “hear” and “follow” Jesus. (v 3-4).

Scriptures showing Christians can give away their salvation and be lost.

Acts 8:13, 18-23, “Then Simon himself also believed; ...“Your money perish with you,...you are poisoned by bitterness and bound by iniquity.”

Rom 11:21-22, (context 11-25), “if you continue. Otherwise you also will be cut off.”
1 Cor 10:12, (context 1-13). “let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.”

1 Cor 15:1-2, “by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word”
Gal 5:1-4, “you have fallen from grace.”
Gal 5:19-21, “those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Col 1:21-23, "you, now He has reconciled.. if indeed you continue in the faith,
1 Tim 4:1, “some will depart from the faith
1 Tim 5:15, “For some have already turned aside after Satan.”
Heb 2:1-3, “lest we drift away.”
Heb 3:12-14, “brethren,...evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; Heb 6:4-6, “once enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, if they fall away,
Heb 10:26-31, “sin after received the knowledge of the truth, fearful expectation Jas 5:19-20, “Brethren wanders from the truth, save a soul from death
1 Pet 5:8, “seeking whom he may devour.”
2 Pet 2:20-22, “escaped the pollutions of the world.. again
2 John 9-11, "does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.

Some may say, “Not saved in the first place.” The following scriptures describe Christians in the context. (“believed”, “brethren”, etc.). Salvation is conditional and the word “if” is often used to show such. Where there are warnings of being lost, it will always be because Christian choose to give up their faith, not because God’s power is overcome to steal the Christian away. Scriptures which show “Once saved, not always saved.”

 CONCLUSION: There are two ways to look at “Once saved, always saved”. 1) God has the power to preserve all who faithfully serve him and 2) a person can give away his salvation and be lost.

1 The Baptist Faith and Message, published by The Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Nashville, Tennessee, 1963

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