Monday, February 25, 2013

Once Saved - Always Saved?

How appalled we would be to discover that someone had known about an unsafe bridge, an unsafe building or unsafe drinking water and withheld that information.
We would consider it criminal if someone died as a result.

The Doctrine of Eternal Security of the Believer, correctly stated says: "One who is genuinely saved, will persevere."  Although debatable scripturally, that is quite different from the adage: "Once saved, always saved."  The phrase, "once saved, always saved" is an unscriptural tradition of men. 
Because of that declaration, which is not a valid Christian doctrine; I see people rushing into eternity, thinking the life they live on Earth has no effect on where they will spend Eternity. 

The tragedy of tragedies is the untold number of people who will stand in judgement without God because they have been led to believe the lie, that one emotional experience in which they walk down the aisle, and are baptized makes them eternally secure.  They believe that they can then live like the Devil himself with no consequences because they once got-saved.

Scripture does not teach this!  Scripture says, "Be not deceived, God is not mocked, whatsoever a man seweth, that shall he also reap."  (Galatians 6:7)  When I lived in Florida I had two orange trees in my back yard.  I never ever went out and found an apple growing on those trees.  They didn't produce Apples; they were Orange trees. 

People who are genuinely saved live for God, because they are new creatures in Christ Jesus.  People who don't live for God are fooling themselves like those in Matthew 7:22,23; "Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'  And then I (Jesus) will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

Folks, we need to base our lives on the truths of Scripture, not on the traditions of men...
The life you live, does make a difference!