Recently Dr Brown asked, “Can anyone give me one verse
that explicitly states that once you receive Jesus, even if you live the rest
of your life in complete rebellion and categorically reject Jesus as Lord, you
are still saved?”
Well, Dr Brown, there are two references that seemingly
shed light on the fact that our salvation is assured once we accept Christ no
matter what happens. One is found in Romans chapter 8and
the other is in Ephesians
The apostle Paul tells us that nothing will ever separate
us from the love of God once we have been saved:
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39).
He reiterates that believers have been chosen and
destined to be God’s people and have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, “who is
a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:4-5, 13-14).
Based on the above two
references, it would seem that believers can rest in the
assurance that, no matter what happens, they will be guaranteed a place in
heaven come end of their lives.
I have been thoroughly scouring the Bible and the
Internet for answers to this complex issue of eternal security—having
done it over many years as a long-standing believer and an ex-editor of a
We can argue till we are blue in the face, until the cows
come home, and be no better in our understanding. But this I truly believe: If
you examine the whole Bible and all the various references it affords on this
bone of contention, OSAS, we will surely come to a position of enlightenment.
I have come to my own conclusion after examining both sides
of the issue that there is no such thing as ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED (OSAS).
you believe in OSAS and you find out in the hereafter that you are mistaken,
you may be lost forever and live with eternal regret.
But if you adopt the stance
that OSAS is a lie, that there is no eternal security—and you are proven wrong when you die—you might not need to suffer eternal consequences. That, of course, depends on the fact whether you have been vigilant, lived circumspectly and worked out your salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12).
Here are some posts—please see below, RELATED POSTS—which shed light on this thorny issue, which we cannot afford to ignore on the grounds that we are treading on
controversy. Why? Because it affects our eternal destiny.
This issue of OSAS is not to be treated lightly. We
should not say to ourselves, “Never mind; let us not dwell on controversy.” Because
each believer has to grapple with this issue individually, not depend on ‘safe
and secure’ theology from ‘feel good’ teachers.
When we are deceived, we cannot blame it on these
so-called teachers. These are the ones who dispense ear-tickling messages that
will lead many down the slippery slope of eternal damnation. These are the ones
who deceive others after having being deceived.
Have you ever thought about the ratio
of the wise and foolish in the Parable
of the Wise and Foolish Virgins? **
Does it ever occur to us that 50% will not make it because
they have been too easy on themselves in their faith walk? Perhaps lulled into
a false sense of security by ‘feel good’ teaching? Why such a high ratio of
rejoices when believers rest in a false sense of security that all is going to
be well—that once they are saved, nothing can possibly stop them from going to
condition reminds me of the frog which finds great delight sitting in a basin
of warm water. Finally, when water temperature reaches boiling point, it is too
late to jump out of the water.
Jesus says few
will finally make it through the narrow
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad
is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is
the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
If we think it only refers to pre-believers, that it is
going to be easy for believers, then we need to ponder over apostle Peter’s warning:
Be all the more diligent
to confirm our calling and election (2
For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us
first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God? Now if the
righteous one is scarcelysaved, where will the ungodly and the
sinner appear? (1 Peter 4:17-18).
Do Peter’s warnings paint a picture that the believer’s
faith walk is going to be easy? Once
saved, rest easy? Don't
let yourself be lulled into a false sense of eternal security—because ONCE
SAVED ALWAYS SAVED is a dangerous lie. http://bit.ly/1mIQKvq
your life and doctrine
closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and
your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).
Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten
virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of
them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps
and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their
lamps. But while the bridegroom was
delayed, they all slumbered and slept.
“And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom
is coming;[a] go out to meet him!’ Then
all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the
wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise
answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go
rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy,
the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding;
and the door was shut.
“Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord,
Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not
“Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the
hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”