Why did Jesus warn believers (branches) to abide in Him (Vine) or they will be lifeless, useless, thrown away and be burnt (John 15:6)?
Why did Paul urge us to watch our life and doctrine so that we might save ourselves (1 Tim. 4:16)?
Why did Paul warn believers that God is kind to us provided we continue in his kindness or else we will cut off (Romans 11:22)?
Why did Paul stress that, one day, we will be presented holy and blameless before God IF we continue to be steadfast in the faith (Colossians 1:22-23)?
Why did Paul say that it is possible to believe in vain (though we are saved) if we do not hold fast to the word (1 Corinthians 15:1-2)?
Why did Paul compare the Christian life to a race in which he had to exercise self-discipline so that he won’t be disqualified (1 Corinthians 9:27)? https://bit.ly/2zta94e
Why did Peter warn that a believer who gets entangled in sin (world’s defilement) once again will face condemnation worse than if he had never believed (2 Peter 2:20-21)?
Why it may be impossible for a believer (with five clear-cut unmistakable characteristics of genuine faith) who turns his back on God (commit apostasy) to repent and be restored (Hebrews 6:4-8)? https://bit.ly/3esnBnQ
Why did the writer of Hebrews warn that believers who willfully live in sin will incur God’s judgment as Christ’s atoning blood no longer avails for them (Hebrews 10: 26-31)?
This is my personal invitation to all believers to investigate first-hand the above questions and their associated verses—like the Bereans—without allowing any preconceived ideas and prejudices to colour or cloud your judgment. Go to the primary source, the Bible, and discover the truth, setting aside your favourite teachers or articles posted on the Internet.
You can choose various versions of the Bible, study aids and commentaries and even pursue the original texts in the process of studying. I hope you will be enlightened for the sake of your eternal destiny. God bless.
For example, it is clear beyond doubt the writer was warning genuine believers: “Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall away from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12). And, in the ensuing verses, the inevitable judgment of God was spelt out.
Again, there is no doubt that genuine believers (who choose to willfully live in sin) are the ones being warned: For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:30-31).
The challenge I have with this teaching—ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED (OSAS)—is its failure to interpret individual passages honestly that disagree with this particular system. For example, Hebrews 6:1-8 and 10:24-29 clearly teach that people, after receiving the saving knowledge of Christ, can fall away and lose their salvation. Second Peter 2:20-22 and James 5:19-20 are as clear as tar on snow that a believer can fall away and once again be called sinners who have to be restored.
CAN BELIEVERS LOSE THEIR SALVATION?