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.