- Why does Jesus warn believers about end time persecution, lawlessness and deception and the need to endure to the end in order that they might be saved (Olivet Discourse)?
- Why does Paul warn believers that they must not be complacent, thinking that they are strong? Why does he warn them about the prospect of falling away, like the exodus generation—who once experienced God’s favour but failed to enter the Promised Land because of sin and unbelief?
- Why does Paul fear that he might be disqualified from the spiritual race?
- Why does Paul mention that the great falling away from the faith must happen before Christ’s return?
- Why does the writer of Hebrews mention the possibility of apostasy?
- Why does Peter mention that God’s judgment on believers who willfully live in sin, who turn our backs on God, is worse than that on the unsaved?
In all the above instances, the main protagonists of New Testament teachings are addressing believers.
It would be very comforting if this doctrine—Once Saved, Always Saved—were true. However, if it is not true, then it would be a very dangerous doctrine because it would give people a false sense of security. People would not be on their guard against sin, and may not see any need to repent of sins, if they thought they would still be saved eternally despite their sins. Surely it is important for us to know what the Bible teaches.