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Once saved, always saved, is it true?

Today a very popular doctrine being preached is calledthe “Once saved, always saved” doctrine. As with ALL importantbible truths we must look to the scriptures for the real answers. I can tell you there is so much bible evidence against this , it would take up too much here to allow. So I will condense it.

The basic belief is that once a person “accepts” Jesus as their Lord and savior, that settles the issue once and for all. They are saved no matter what they do after this. On the face of this it seems perposterous, but MANY believe this. There are so many flaws to this I will post a few of the obvious ones.

Jesus died for us because we were hopeless “sinners”. His death paid our deserving death and punishment. It is because of this that our slate has been wiped clean. Would it then make sense to assume we can go ahead and filthy our lives with continual sinning and expect our Lord’s sacrafice to be therefore ofno significant importance? What was His sacrafice for? If we can continue to sin and simply “say” I accept Jesus as my savior, it makes a mockery of Jesus suffering death!

(Romans 6:1-4) says “… are we to CONTINUE in sin, so that grace abounds? God forbid!How shall we who died in sin, still LIVE IN IT?”Here it is bascially saying that once we are saved, do we continue to willfully sin, relying on His ever expanding grace to cover us? God forbid!Meaning –Don’t doit. Stop your sinning and appreciate His suffering sacrafice for you.

Then we have the powerful (Hebrews 10:26) ” If we sin willfully AFTER receiving the knowledge of the truth, there remains NO MORE SACRAFICE FOR OUR SINS”. Now this one is about as straight forward as you can get. It means that once we acknowledge that our Lord paid the sacrifice for our sins, we CAN’T continue to willfully sin or else we can’t rely on the Lord’s sacrafice to save us.

(Eze 33:11) says ” Say unto them, as sure as I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but want that the wicked turn from his way and live, turn ye, turn yefrom your evil ways, for why will you die, oh house ofIsreal?”Here is says if we continue to live wicked lives (continual sinning) we shall die, but why do it when we can live righteously in Christ? The Holy Spirit will help us to keep from this continual sinning, IF WE SUBMIT!

All this really shouldn’t be aconcernfor the true believer. Because the Holy Spirit should have taken up within us to help us overcome this repetitive sinning. Sanctification takes place and our life is changed.

In summary, let us never think we can carelessly continue to sin, relying on the false belief that we are saved no matter what. The Lord’s sacrafice was an awesome thing for us and we can never hold it in contempt.