Once Saved, Always Saved? (Part I)
shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may
abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any
The 'Once Saved, Always Saved' doctrine is extremely dangerous because it inevitably leads to taking God's grace for granted. The moral and spiritual slide can be so subtle that you hardly notice it, and since you believe you cannot lose your salvation there is no reason to! The Bible holds strong evidence that Christians can become so reprobate that they are rejected by God. The end result of this false teaching is much the same as that of the love doctrine, a lack of fear of the Lord.
Proponents of the "Once Saved, Always Saved" doctrine will defend this apostasy as if their salvation depends on it, because it does. More often than not their lives are not right. They may be living in open sin or there may be hidden sin in their lives, but rest assured, God sees it all. If they are wrong they know they're in deep spiritual trouble, yet rather than consider and acknowledge it they deny the truth. Remember, once something is taken for granted it is devalued. This is in fact the indirect cause of most divorce, and similarly Christ the Bridegroom will reject the Bride that takes His awful sacrifice for granted.
The first matter to settle in our hearts is whether God's grace is automatic or conditional on our asking forgiveness. Do we wash in the blood of the lamb, or do we get Teflon garments? Does God give us a clean white garment when we are saved that we maintain by washing it in the blood of the Lamb? Or is it stain resistant?
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,
perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
If we have God's promises we are His people. Sin is the filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and we perfect our holiness in the fear of God by confessing our sins to Christ and asking His forgiveness. Perfecting this holiness is a continual struggle as long as we inhabit these bodies that are under the law of sin (Romans 7:25 KJV)
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast
our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be
touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all
points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore
come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need.
If Christ is our high priest then we must be believers. And if believers must come before the throne of grace to obtain mercy then their sins must not be covered, otherwise what is the point of finding grace? The grace is forgiveness of the sins we commit as believers. Christ now sits on the throne of grace, and will continue to until He returns. After that it is God's throne of judgment where men will go, and there will be no mercy there. The time for mercy is now, whether you are a believer or not. Jesus is both our high priest and the sacrifice, but we must come before the throne of grace every time we sin.
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