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Once Saved, Always Saved?

by Maggie Ramos
(Corozol, Puerto Rico)

Is once saved, always saved a correct doctrine? Please comment about it.

Answer: I will write more on that question in the future. For now, consider these thoughts.

Love is not love unless it is freely given. Love cannot be forced. One of the highest principles that God (Who is love - 1 John 4:8) operates on is that of granting his intelligent, created beings the capacity of free will and the freedom to use it. That's why we are given admonitions such as:

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; ... as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD." (Josh 24:15)

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Rev 22:17)
Does it make any sense for God to be wooing us to decide for Him; pleading with us to give our heart to Him and then, the moment we do it, He takes away our free will?
"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." (Eze 18:24)
No, once saved, always saved is not a Biblical doctrine. It gives its adherents a false sense of security. Some even, in many ways, live like the devil giving a very poor image to non-Christians.

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Sep 28, 2019
OSAS Believer
by: Anonymous

First, Once-Saved-Always-Saved is not about continuing in sin. "Go and sin no more!" Once-Saved-Always-Saved is the security of knowing if one is a born-again believer, we have assurance that we have eternal life. God gives us His Word that if we believe in the Gospel, the death and resurrection of Christ, that we are saved. Salvation also is about love.... When you love Him, you keep His Commandments! It is automatic in the born-again believer. If you are not sure you are saved, and if you live in fear of every little sin you do that you will go to Hell, that is not assurance. How sad! It is all of Christ folks, nothing of us. Salvation is of God and a promise to us if you firmly are Abraham's Seed are firmly grafted into the New Covenant. Once-Saved-Always-Saved is truth! God bless!

May 30, 2012
Once saved always saved is evil.
by: Anonymous

That phrase best captures what I have come to learn about the doctrine of the Nicolaitans which Jesus emphasized that he hates in the Bible. It's a doctrine which says that Christians can do as they wished once they've confessed Christ. This led many people astray and allowed for immorality in some of the early churches. Unfortunately, we still have it in the church over 2,000 years later.

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