Once Saved Always Saved is a fallacy. If Once Saved Always Saved was true, then there would be no need for us to walk the Narrow path. There would be no need to follow the Scriptures either because we would have already received our Salvation simply by accepting Christ into our hearts just one time. If I was “Saved” last week and murdered a person this week it would be of no consequence because I am exempt having been “Saved” the week before and there would be no need to repent for that vile sin.
The truth is that Christ died on the cross to balance the scales because we were born into Secondary sin. This is different from Willful Sin. Being born into Secondary sin is what makes us all sinners. It’s Secondary sin because Adam and Eve committed the original sin and we are all of Adam and Eve’s line. It is always possible for us to willfully sin because we are all given Free Will. That’s why it takes endurance to walk the narrow path. It means following the Commandments and Christ’s teachings to the best of our ability and to repent when we know we have failed. The Narrow Path is just what it says, Narrow. And it’s hard to stay on it.
By the Word becoming Jesus Christ and his unselfish willingness to take on Mankind’s sin as a relief from spiritual death from being born into secondary sin was a turning of Yahweh’s wrath from those that put faith in the Sacrifice. It was the undeserved kindness that Yahweh was presenting to all of Mankind. All that was necessary was to accept the truth of the living Word – Christ Jesus into their hearts because it was he that balanced the scales of righteousness and absolved us of secondary sin. But accepting Christ is only the beginning of the catalyst of his Holy Spirit’s positive energy to help bring people to salvation. Accepting Christ into our hearts is only part of what is required. Because meanwhile Satan has been permitted to test us and he aims to get us to willfully sin in order to determine if we are worthy of Salvation and that is why it takes constant work and effort and endurance on our part to walk that Narrow Path.
Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment, and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.
What is deliberate sin? It’s willful sin. And if Once Saved Always Saved is true, then why would Satan be allowed to test us if we cannot fail? This is WHY it says at Matthew 19:24 “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
That is WHY that in addition to an acceptance of Christ into our hearts, it also requires cultivating a good heart condition in order to obtain Salvation. That is also WHY it says at Proverbs 4:23 Above all else guard your heart, because it is the source of life. Because it’s both an acceptance of Christ AND a good heart that will enable us to obtain salvation and ETERNAL LIFE. It’s through BOTH of these things that
we are deemed righteous in the Father’s eyes.
Now, let’s look at some Scriptures to back this up:
Matthew 24:13 But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
So what happens to those who believe Once Saved Always Saved if they don’t endure to the end? Are they delivered anyway? “Delivered” in Matthew 24:13 is literal. Those who endure will be delivered into Christ’s Kingdom.
Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became companions with the Holy Spirit, tasted God’s good word and the powers of the coming age, and who have fallen away, because, to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt.
This explains how it’s possible to be enlightened, to accept Christ into our hearts, to become companions with the Holy Spirit and have tasted God’s good word and STILL fall away through willful sin.
Hebrews 10:36-39 For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. For in yet a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.
This says it all in the first four words of the verse. We need endurance in order to be saved. The righteous will live by faith but if they “draw back”, in other words, if they fall away through willful sin, or draw away wilfully they are deemed lost and will be destroyed. It’s those who endure and have faith that will obtain eternal life and Salvation.
1 Corinthians 9:27 Instead, I discipline my body and bring it under strict control, so that after preaching to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Discipline is part of endurance. And endurance takes discipline. Paul was aware that because he had free will, he could fall away at anytime and that he could be disqualified and lose his salvation should he fall away via willful sin.
Philippians 2:12 So then, my dear friends, just as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence, but now even more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
If Once saved Always Saved were true, there’s no need for “fear and trembling”. It’s because our salvation CAN be lost that we “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling.”
2 Timothy 2: 12 if we endure, we will also reign with Him;
2 Timothy 4:7-8 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. In the future, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing.
Here again in two scriptures, Paul exhibited through in his writings again that endurance was necessary and that it took “fighting the good fight” in order to win the prize of salvation.
Hebrews 2:1-3 We must therefore pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away. For if the message spoken through angels was legally binding, and every transgression and disobedience received a just punishment, how will we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was first spoken by the Lord and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him.
Did you catch what that one said? “So that we will not drift away”. Drift away from what? Salvation.
Hebrews speaks a lot about endurance.
Here are a few more scriptures to ponder:
Hebrews 10:36 For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised. What is promised? Salvation.
Hebrews 6:12 so that you won’t become lazy, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance. In that one it says, “so that you won’t become lazy” which alludes to that fact that salvation takes work. It goes on to say that those who inherit the promises (of salvation) do so through faith AND Perseverance.
Hebrews 12:1-2 points out again that endurance is necessary so that sin does not ensnare us and in addition, that even Christ endured:
Therefore since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. Christ was the forerunner in that he set the ultimate example for us. Because he endured, so must we.
James 5:11 See, we count as blessed those who have endured. You have heard of Job’s endurance and have seen the outcome from the Lord: the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James knew that it too endurance as well and that we would be blessed if we did endure like Job did – and boy did Job endure. But blessed with what? The answer is eternal life and salvation.
And while I could go on and on, I’ll point out just one more scripture. 2 John 8 Watch yourselves so that you don’t lose what we have worked for, but you may receive a full reward.
This, my friends, is why Once Saved Always Saved is a fallacy. Yes, we were saved from the spiritual death of being born into Secondary sin due to Christ’s willingness to sacrifice his perfect life for us so that we may live; but in addition to accepting Christ, it takes endurance, work, fighting the good fight, and the cultivation of a good heart by which we will be judged in order to obtain the full reward of eternal life and salvation.