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Once Saved, Always Saved?

Existence of God and Once Saved Always Saved?

The seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician and physicist Blaise Pascal posited that every human being bets his or her life on whether or not God exists.
He wrote “Let us weigh the gain and the loss in wagering that God is. Let us estimate these two chances. If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation that He is.”

This is because, if we have bet on God, and God does not exist, we lose nothing more than our mistaken belief and temporary regrets.
But if we bet wrongly against the Almighty, we will be cast into the lake of fire, eternally separated from God where "There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out..." - Luke 13:28.

The Gift of Salvation

Whether we like it or not, we are always taking a bet whenever we have to make a choice.
This is also true for those who "accept" the gift of salvation by the grace of God.

Some would hedge our bets by responding to altar calls at some point in our lives, "accept" Jesus as our personal Savior and got baptized.
Some believe that, because we went through the ritual of being “saved”, we have a life-time passport to heaven and can live our lives as it pleases us with impunity.

Can one then lose his/her salvation?

The quick answer is No if one is genuinely saved.


The Bible teaches that salvation is justified by faith through Christ as in
Romans 3:28 "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the Law.

However, James 2:24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.,
seems to contradict Romans 3:28.

There is actually no contradiction here, because James was addressing the issue of a dead faith, a faith that is nothing more than a verbal pronouncement, a public confession of the mind, and is not heart-felt. It is empty of life and action.

In other word, on-going good work is the evidence and the expression of a living faith in Christ.

Hence, our salvation by grace alone through faith in Christ is more than just a one-time casual transaction.
It is simple to gain but impossible to keep without the presence of the Holy spirit in us.

When we place our faith in the true God, we will be constantly transformed by the sanctification of our life and to have the life of God flow into and out of our daily lives.

Although we are saved by God's grace through faith alone and not by works, there is also the  possibility of someone being 'saved' by a faith in the wrong god!

Is Grace that cheap?

Philippians 2:12
Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.

What if we can fall away and our gift of salvation be forfeited by our subsequent rejection or by wrongly believing that since our past and future sins are already been forgiven by Christ's finished work on the cross, we need not repent and confess them as taught by some new-age pastors?

Matthew 5:16-18
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

warn us of the relevancy of the Laws.

1 John 3:7-8
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.

While our salvation is by God's grace through faith in Christ and is not dependence on the Laws, it is a wrong to associate our obedience as a bondage in terms of rewards or punishments since the penalties for our failures had already been paid for by the blood of Jesus.
Obedience to God's commands and repentance for our disobedience is our love for God and a manifestation of our saving faith in Jesus.

While it is true that Christians have been forgiven by God, that doesn’t mean we never have to confess our sin. James 5:16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
If we are to confess our sins to each other, why would we not need to confess them to God, since every sin is ultimately a sin against God (Psalm 51:4)?

1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
, teaches that we are to confess our sins for His forgiveness.

Moreover, the Lord's Prayer which the universal church has prayed for two millennia

Matthew 6:9-15
"This, then, is how you should pray: "'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.'
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

is as instructive today as it was first written and so shall it be till the return of our Lord.

Matthew 6:14-15 implies that continuous forgiveness is not automatic. Forgiveness is for what we have done, not for what we will do. To be forgiven after becoming a child of God, among other things, one must forgive those who sin against him:

Thus, Hyper Grace teaching is dangerous because it teaches that "we need not repent and confess our sins".

John 14:21
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them."

It is crucially important that we understand repentance is not a work we do to earn salvation. No one can repent and come to God unless God pulls that person to Himself
John 6:44
"No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.

While repentance is not a work that earns salvation, true repentance is more than just a change of mind. It must also lead to a change of action.
Luke 3:8
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.
Act 26:20
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and then to the Gentiles, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.

For those who still hold the “once saved, always saved” doctrine, Matthew 13: 20-22 of the Parable of the Sower should serve as a wake up call.

Mat 13:18 "Hear then the parable of the sower:
Mat 13:19 When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is what was sown along the path.
Mat 13:20 As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy,
Mat 13:21 yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away.
Mat 13:22 As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.
Mat 13:23 As for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it. He indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

1 Timothy 1:18-19 Timothy, my son, I give you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies once made about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith.


2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-- unless, of course, you fail the test?

also show that one can lose his/her saving faith in Christ Jesus.

In short, there is no assurance of salvation for those who stop following Jesus and stray into wickedness. This happens if they were not truly saved in the first place.

Grace and Work are not mutually exclusive

Ephesians 2:8-10
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Matthew 5:14-16
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

While we are not saved by being good nor by our good works but only by God's grace through our faith in Him alone (Ephesians 2:8-10), we are saved to do good works (Matthew 5:14-16).

Titus 3:8
At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.

It is crucially important to know the difference. True salvation is evidenced by the expression of good works!

Revelation 22:14-15 (KJV)
Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Distortion of  the Bible

Hebrews 13:7-9
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by eating ceremonial foods, which is of no benefit to those who do so.

Unlike what a Mega Church preacher emphatically taught his congregation that Hebrew 6 was written only for the Hebrews or Jews (see,

Hebrews 6:1-6
Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God, instruction about cleansing rites, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And God permitting, we will do so. It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.

show that the audiences were the Jewish Christians, who after receiving the saving knowledge of Christ, can fall away and lose their salvation.

Indeed, the book of Hebrew was not written just for the Hebrews as taught in the video just as Romans was not written just for the Romans!

Romans 3:21-25
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.

In Barnes Commentary on Romans 3:25, "...This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.", the language has no immediate or necessary reference to past generations. It evidently refers to the past lives of the individuals who are justified, and not to the sins of former times. All that the passage means, therefore, is, that the plan of pardon is such as completely to remove all the former sins of the life, not of all former generations. If it referred to the sins of former times, it would not be easy to avoid the doctrine of universal salvation.

In John Wesley's Explanatory Note on Romans 3:25: Whom God hath set forth - Before angels and men. A propitiation - To appease an offended God. But if, as some teach, God never was offended, there was no need of this propitiation. And, if so, Christ died in vain. To declare his righteousness - To demonstrate not only his clemency, but his justice; even that vindictive justice whose essential character and principal office is, to punish sin. By the remission of past sins - All the sins antecedent to their believing.

Both Barnes and Wesley implied in their commentaries on Romans 3:25 that only past sins are forgiven when we are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, This clearly contradicts the teaching of the Hyper-Grace's once saved, always saved theology.

2 Timothy 4:3-4
For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

Can we not see the parallel of the 'Once saved, Always saved' doctrine and the 'Non existence of God' Pascal Wager" by believing in the wrong teachings?

Proverbs 1:5-6 - Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.

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