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Once Saved Always Saved?

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Once Saved Always Saved?
The Bible Does Teach Security Of The Believer
Not The Act Of A Moment
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Many sincere religious people believe that once a sinner has been redeemed by Christ, it is impossible for him to so sin as to fall from the grace of God and be eternally lost. Anyone who accepts Calvinism can understand why "once saved, always saved" is a necessary conclusion to the doctrines of Total Depravity. Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, and Irresistible Grace. If salvation comes solely by God's election, then it is necessary to conclude that the same individual who is helpless to save himself would also be helpless to refuse God's election and so live as to be lost. However, many religionists who espouse the doctrine of "once saved, always saved" do not believe the basic premise of Calvinism which claims man does not have the ability to choose good or evil. These religionists agree that God is no respecter of persons and has given man a free will, yet they hold to the doctrine of perseverance which has roots in a system of theology that denies the truth of God's plan of election. At least the purist Calvinist is more consistent than they!

I. Perseverance Of The Saints Explained By Calvinist

A. God's Elect Are Not Only Given Faith But Are Kept In Faith.

"The elect are not only redeemed by Christ and renewed by the Spirit: they are also KEPT in faith by the almighty power of God. All those who are spiritually united to Christ through regeneration are eternally secure in Him. Nothing can separate them from the eternal and unchangeable love of God. They have been predestined unto eternal glory and are therefore assured of heaven. "(THE FIVE POINTS OF CALVINISM, by Steele & Thomas, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., p. 56>

B. Those Who Profess Faith And Then Fall Away Were Never In Grace.

"The doctrine of the perseverance of the saints does not maintain that all who PROFESS the Christian faith are certain of heaven. It is SAINTS—those who are set apart by the Spirit—who PERSEVERE to the end. It is BELIEVERS — those who are given true, living faith in Christ—who are SECURE and safe in Him. Many who profess to believe fall away, but they do not fall from grace for they were never in grace. True believers do fall into temptations. and they do commit grievous sins, but these sins do not cause them to lose their salvation or separate them from Christ." (IBID.)


What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).


"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25