Once we're in God’s good books, will we always remain so?
Proponents of easy believism support
the doctrine of “once saved, always saved”. Once you have accepted Christ, you
can relax; you have bought your ticket to heaven and nothing can change your
However, both Paul and
Jude warn of the danger of resting on our spiritual laurels as God afterwards destroyed
those He had saved because of unbelief.
Lest we say these
things do not apply to us but only to those living in Old Testament times, Paul
expressly says that what happened to them should serve as a warning to us; it’s
for our admonition (Jude 1:5 1 ; 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 2).
At the Mount of
Olives, Jesus warned that false prophets will arise and deceive many, even the
elect (as error is so skilled at imitating truth that the two are often being
mistaken for each other). Only those who “endure to the end will be saved” (Matthew
coupled with ‘itching ears’ (2 Timothy 4:3) will spell doom for many. Didn’t
Jesus warn that “the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to
destruction, and those who enter by it are many” (Matthew 7:13)?
Coming back to the original question:Once we're in God’s good books, will we always remain so?
To answer that, it is
better for us to go back to the Bible – back to the basics, back to the source,
like the Berean believers 3– and
search the scriptures for ourselves,
rather than get it “second-hand” through a illustrious personality or teacher. For a more detailed coverage of this subject: SAFE AND SECURE? http://limpohann.blogspot.com/2013/01/save-and-secure.html
1 “I wish to remind you, as you all know, that
God, when once he had brought the people out from Egypt, afterward
destroyed those who did not believe” (Jude 1:5).
2 “For I do not want you to be ignorantof the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all
under the cloudand that they
all passed through the sea.They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.They all ate the same
spiritual foodand drank the same spiritual drink; for they
drank from the spiritual rockthat accompanied
them, and that rock was Christ.Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies
were scattered in the wilderness.
Now these things occurred as examplesto keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.Do not be idolaters,as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to
eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in
one day twenty-three thousand of them died.We should not test
Christ,as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killedby the
These things happened to them as examplesand were written
down as warnings for us,on whom the
culmination of the ages has come” (1 Corinthians 10:1-11).
3 “And the people of Berea were more open-minded than
those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched
the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the
truth” (Acts 17:11).
No matter how highly
esteemed he is in the eyes of his followers, a respectable teacher worth his
salt should have no fear in being probed by scripture.
If he is, in fact, teaching
the truth, he should welcome such “cross-examination” because scripture then
will validate his teaching.