ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED?

by Dan Goddard

 

There are those who say that “once you are saved you are always saved.” They say that it is impossible to fall from God’s grace regardless of what you do. This may sound good and comforting, but let’s see what the Bible says. In I Corinthians 9:27 the apostle Paul says “But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.”  Paul said that it was possible for him to become a castaway.  If Paul became a castaway he would be lost.

In I Corinthians 10:12 Paul gives a warning to the Christians at Corinth by saying “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”  Why such a warning if it is impossible to fall?  So the very people who think they cannot fall are given a warning to take heed lest they fall.

In Galatians 5:4 we read, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”  Isn’t it strange that people who say they believe the Bible also say that we cannot fall from grace, when the Bible so plainly says that we can fall from grace?  Who are we to believe—God or man?  Even though many religious bodies say that you cannot fall from grace, the Bible clearly say that people CAN fall from grace. And without God’s grace we cannot be saved!

The doctrine of “once saved always saved” and that you cannot fall from God’s grace and be lost is a doctrine that originated with Satan.  Satan wants people to believe that they cannot fall from grace and be lost.  In Genesis 2:17 God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and that they day they ate of it they would surely die.  But in Genesis 3:4 Satan told Eve, “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die”.  Satan only added the word “not” to what God had said.  Just as Satan told a lie to Eve, Satan is still deceiving people today by telling them they cannot fall from grace and once they are saved, they are always saved.  He is trying to lull people into complacency.  This is one of the many ways that Satan deceives people so they wilt be eternally lost.  But 2 Peter 1:10 says “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:”

God’s promises are conditional upon our doing His will.  Jesus says in Matthew 7:21, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the wilt of my Father which is in heaven.” And also Hebrews 5:9 says concerning Jesus that “...he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”