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Once Saved Always Saved? I would be hard-pressed to find a more contentious issue in the church. Those who believe once-saved-always-saved believe it so strongly that they see it as a necessary belief in order to truly enjoy your salvation.
Those who don't believe it see it as a dangerous teaching that provides a false sense of security. This author holds to the latter view.
First http://www.buccaneersfansprostore.com/Black-Bryan-Anger-Buccaneers-Jersey.html?cat=881 , it is important to realize that saying a prayer is not what gets us saved. Chances are, by now, you've said the sinner's prayer. But that is not what makes you a Christian.
Did you know that you can become a Christian without saying the sinner's prayer?
Did you know that you can say the sinner's prayer and still not be a Christian? How is that possible, you ask?
Salvation is a state of being forgiven. You may have learned that forgiveness is through the blood of Jesus, and that there is no other way to receive forgiveness.
If your sins are forgiven, you're saved. How do our sins get forgiven? By saying a prayer? The sinner's prayer isn't mentioned in the Bible. No, we are saved when we believe with our heart, and this belief is expressed with our mouths (Romans 10:9-10).
It is our faith that saves us. Why? Because it is by faith that we accept this forgiveness.
However, James 2:14-26 points out that faith not accompanied by works is dead. It is utterly unprofitable--good for nothing. This is because faith expresses itself through works.
James' exact words were, "show me your faith without your works, and I'll show you my faith by my works." This is difficult at face value, because much of the New Testament focuses on the fact that it is not by works, but by grace that we are saved. How can this be reconciled?
In talking about grace, Paul was talking about what makes you saved. Your works are not what save you, or get you forgiven. The blood of Jesus does that. But even Paul talked about responding through works. For example, in Ephesians 4:1-3, he said:
"I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (NKJV)
At the same time, James contends that lip service without action is meaningless:
"What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food ,and one of you says to them, "Depart in peace, be warmed and filled," but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does is profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." --James 2:14-17 (NKJV)
What this is saying is that works are not what save us, but it is our works that demonstrate we are saved.
Every action we perform is a reflection of our belief system. If we do not live a godly lifestyle http://www.buccaneersfansprostore.com/Black-Brent-Grimes-Buccaneers-Jersey.html?cat=895 , we may not truly be born again. If your works don't reflect a godly conscience, don't focus on improving the works, rather, work on the heart.
The Spirit of God is the input, and the works are the output. In other words, as we draw closer to God, we allow Him to live through us, and our works will line up with His Word.
In many instances, someone has been saved for a period of time, but then fallen away. These are people who served the Lord at one time, but then for whatever reason, abandoned their faith. This often happens slowly or as the result of a trauma. In any case, this person is in a backslidden state.
No one can say for sure at what point salvation is lost, although most people agree it is not something that happens easily. Let's consider Hebrews 6:4-6:
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame." (NKJV)
These people fall into a category similar to the Pharisees. The Pharisees saw the miraculous works of Jesus, but still rejected Him, which indicated that they could never be brought to repentance.
Remember, repentance is a key component to salvation (it is the work through which the faith we receive at salvation expresses itself). Repentance or lack of repentance is a good measure of salvation. Someone needing to be brought back to repentance is someone who needs salvation.
Therefore, this verse shows that it is possible to be a Christian and fall away. This particular verse is addressing people who have been mature Christians and experienced the kingdom of God and its power, but who still choose to go another way in the end. This requires a hardness of hearts like the Pharisees.
Some would say that the people in this category were never saved to begin with. However, if that were the case, they would not be crucifying Christ a second time.
The following verse from James also confirms that a Christian can go back to being a sinner:
"Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sin." --James 5:19-20 (NKJV)
Let's examine this verse. The letter by James is addressed to Christians. Notice how the beginning of this verse is worded: "If any of you wander from the truth."
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