Are you eternally secure in your sin? Let us look at what the Bible says about the conditional security of the true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Below are Bible verses that contradict the teaching of the “once saved always saved” fallacy.
Heb. 2:1–3: “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.”
What happens if we, as born again Christians, neglect so great a salvation? What happens if a “believer” lives a life of loving this world or loves a sinful lifestyle?
James 4:4: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
What happens if you sow to the flesh?
Gal. 6:7-8: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”
How will a worldly “Christian” be judged? Are worldly, sinning “Christians” enemies of God? Where will the enemies of God end up if they continue in a sinful, worldly lifestyle?
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Rom. 8:6.
In Ezk. 18:20 it says, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Paul writes in Rom. 6:23a, “For the wages of sin is death.” What type of death is this? Doesn’t this mean a spiritual death?
What happens if a righteous man turns from his righteousness? “But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.” Ezk. 18:24.
Rev. 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone; which is the second death.”
This scripture shows the end result for those who think they will not die if they keep sinning against God, including religious professors who sin.
“Once Saved Always Saved” is the Lie from the Garden of Eden
The lie in the Garden of Eden (from the serpent) was that Adam and Eve would not die if they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Satan said in Gen. 3:4, “Ye shall not surely die.” Adam and Eve were deceived. As soon as they ate from the tree, they died spiritually and tried to hide from God.
Today, many professing Christians think the same thing. They think they can eat from the tree of sin (so to speak) and still have eternal life. They are dead wrong. The wages of sin is still death, whether one is professing or not.
Did Jesus come to change the nature of sin, or to change the nature of man? (Rom. 6:4–6, 2 Cor. 5:17.)
Is a Christian a born again sinner? “God forbid!” See Rom. 6:1–2.
“Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:29. According to this scripture, did Adam and Eve stop doing the work of God? Did they stop believing God that the fruit of that tree would cause them to die? Is it fair to say that “Christians” today who believe in “once saved always saved” will not die if they continue in sin? Is this not the lie of the garden? You will not surely die if you continue to sin. Is not “once saved always saved” another gospel; a gospel that promotes a sinful lifestyle?
Abiding in Christ after being Born Again
The Bible is clear that after you repent of your sin and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, you are born again; a child of God (Mark 1:15, John 3:3). You are a new creature in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17). Staying in Christ after receiving the free gift of God is essential to attaining eternal life. Below are scripture verses that deal with this.
John 15:1–6: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”
The words abide, abides, or abideth are in the imperative mood. This means it is a command. If a Christian does not abide in Christ, what happens to him? “Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.” Matt. 7:19, 20.
Rom. 11:18–22: “Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”
Can a Christian be cut off if he gets haughty? There are consequences “if” one does not continue in His goodness or does not stay “in” Christ: “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.” 2 Peter 2:20.
What happens if one does not stay steadfast to the end? “For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.” Heb. 3:14.
Rom. 6:21-23: “What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
What happens if a “Christian” has no fruit unto holiness? Do they get eternal life?
If you would hate a brother do you still have eternal life? “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.” 1 John 3:15.
Rom. 8:1: “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
Is there condemnation for a “Christian” who lives or walks after the flesh? “For if ye live after the flesh, ye will die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.” Rom. 8:13. “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” James 1:14, 15. “Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.”
Holding Fast Until The End
1 Tim. 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”
Heb. 3:6: “But Christ as a son over His own house; whose house we are, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.”
Heb. 5:9: “And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.”
Why stay faithful to the end if you get eternal life no matter what you do? “Once saved always saved” promotes a sinful lifestyle and promotes another gospel. If you promote this doctrine as the gospel or part of it, you are accursed. “As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Gal. 1:9.