Please bear with me as I provide a few quotable quotes…
“With regard to despair, every appetitive movement that is conformed to a false intellect, is evil in itself and sinful. Now presumption is an appetitive movement, since it denotes an inordinate hope. Moreover it is conformed to a false intellect, just as despair is: for just as it is false that God does not pardon the repentant, or that He does not turn sinners to repentance, so is it false that He grants forgiveness to those who persevere in their sins, and that He gives glory to those who cease from good works: and it is to this estimate that the movement of presumption is conformed.” – Thomas Aquinas (“Summa Theologica” 13th century A.D.)
“If we were half as educated in the Word as we are in the world,
we would be further along than we are.” – Dr. Tony Evans
Now a “few” Bible verses…
“No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.” – 1 Corinthians 9:27 NIV
“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:10-14
“All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved” – Matthew 10:22
“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” – Matthew 24:13
“All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved” – Mark 13:13
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21
“To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples.'” – John 8:31
“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12
“If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.” – 2 Peter 2:20-21
If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. – Romans 11:17-23
The false doctrine of “Once Saved, Always Saved” seems to have blossomed today with Fundamentalist Christians although it’s origins date back to the late 1st early 2nd century teaching of Marcion. Marcion took the Gospel of Mark and a few of Paul’s teachings to create his own church doctrine.
Marcion became involved in the Christian Church after being involved with the Gnostics, when the leaders of the Church realized what his beliefs were Marcion was removed. After his dismissal from the Christian Church Marcion set out to start his own church built on his own “doctrine”.
A good example of how the Once Saved, Always Saved doctrine is false is Judas Iscariot. He knew and believed in Jesus Christ, walked with Him, was one of the Twelve and was given the same powers from Him as the others. Yet what Christian has absolute confidence that Judas Iscariot went to Heaven?
If you apply the Once Saved, Always Saved doctrine to Judas, I would say the followers of Once Saved, Always Saved would have to believe Judas is in Heaven as he more than met the requirements of salvation according to this doctrine. But did he ever repent and ask forgiveness? And didn’t Yeshua himself call him a devil?
Another good example is Lucifer (Satan) – abode in Heaven, knew God Himself, lived with God Himself yet he was not “saved” when given the opportunity for he now looks forward to Hell as punishment for his sin of pride. This sin occurred after having known and accepted God.
The Bible shows this doctrine helps grow Hell greatly by instilling a false sense of security and self-confidence among Christians concerning their salvation.
They think they can’t sin anymore and even if they do, no punishment will be due them as Christ paid for all our sins. This makes it much easier for Satan to tempt us with the sin of presumption.
Can we be assured of our own salvation when Paul wasn’t (1 Corinthians 9:27)?God has warned us that Salvation is not a “one time” event, but an ongoing process until “the end” (Matthew 10:22; 24:13; Mark 13:13).