Can a Christian Go to Hell?
Understanding salvation is critical to reading and understanding the Bible and living the Christian life. Whether you are a new Christian or a mature Christian, you have been exposed and possibly deceived by false doctrines concerning salvation. Today’s lukewarm church teaches a doctrine labeled Easy Believism simply say a Sinner’s Prayer and you’re in. It’s not Biblical, but popular.
The popular version of salvation is a sure ticket to hell. Why? Because the popular version of salvation today includes the distorted version of the lukewarm church doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS), which is also not Biblical, but popular.
This is where we will lose most of the readers in the OSAS group. But, please don’t give up it’s going to get real interesting with a surprising finish. So, how can I be so sure I’m right and they are not? That’s a fair question.
There is a simple way to be sure you and I can reach the correct interpretation of a Bible passage or doctrine and tell when we are being fed a false doctrine. If what you are being told contradicts other verses of the Bible, then it’s a misinterpretation or the other verses have been misinterpreted. There are no contradictions in the Bible! The Holy Spirit will not tell you one thing and then tell me another. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
Are there contradictions to OSAS? Let’s review three (3) verses from both groups.
First group, You Can Lose Your Salvation.
Heb 10:26 Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.
Heb 10:27 There is only the terrible expectation of God’s judgment and the raging fire that will consume His enemies.
Heb 10:28 For anyone who refused to obey the law of Moses was put to death without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
Heb 10:29 Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us.
2 PETER 2:20-22
2Pe 2:20 And when people escape from the wickedness of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and then get tangled up and enslaved by sin again, they are worse off than before.
2Pe 2:21 It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life.
2Pe 2:22 They prove the truth of this proverb: “A dog returns to its vomit.” And another says, “A washed pig returns to the mud.”
Gal 5:1 So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.
Gal 5:2 Listen! I, Paul, tell you this: If you are counting on circumcision to make you right with God, then Christ will be of no benefit to you.
Gal 5:3 I’ll say it again. If you are trying to find favor with God by being circumcised, you must obey every regulation in the whole law of Moses.
Gal 5:4 For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God’s grace.
Second Group, Once Saved Always Saved.
Rom 8:30 And having chosen them, He called them to come to Him. And having called them, He gave them right standing with Himself. And having given them right standing, He gave them His glory.
Joh 3:15 so that everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.
Joh 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from Me,
Joh 10:29 for My Father has given them to Me, and He is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.
Joh 10:30 The Father and I are one.”
That’s just three verses from each group. Notice the verses in “red”, that means those are the words of Jesus himself. When discussing these passages with OSAS proponents, many try to twist the obvious meaning of these verses. And of course, they must in order to fit these verses within their preconceived doctrine of OSAS. This article is not about the discussion of which group is right. Theses verses simply indicate contradictions in the Bible; thereby, requiring our simple proof of correct interpretation. One side or both sides are wrong.
This is where it gets interesting. Did you know both are right, yep both? And NO there is no contradictions in the Bible. How can that be? I’m glad you asked.
Just a little side note. You’ve heard the term, “the truth shall set you free”. Well, get ready to be set free, to breath a breath of fresh air and see the Glory of the Gospel as you discover the Truth! Whew!
Prior to the 1940’s (before slipping into the lukewarm waters of today’s church), salvation was taught as a two step process
Salvation is a two-part process.
1. Conversion – when we repent of our sin, accept Jesus as our Savior, and the Holy Spirit dwells in our heart. The Bible states that at this point a person is saved. No amount of good works or keeping the Old Testament Law, can convert a person. It is only available by grace through faith in Jesus alone.
2. Our full Salvation and redemption – We receive our full Salvation on Judgment Day when the sheep are separated from the goats, and Jesus says that we may enter into Heaven. We are at that moment standing before Jesus at the gates of Heaven saved from eternal punishment in Hell for our sins, not a minute sooner.
Need proof? How about God’s Word.
Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
- Our full salvation comes at the end – Judgment Day
- Our commitment to Christ will be tested, and if we endure to the end of life, we will be saved.
Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.
- The redemption of the Christian is yet to come.
Romans 5:8-11 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (9) Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (10) For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. (11) And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
- Notice the tenses – “now justified” “shall be saved”. Saved is in the future tense not present tense. “Were reconciled” is past tense, and “we shall be saved” is future tense.
- Now we are justified, reconciled to God, and received the atonement. In the future we will be saved from Hell, from wrath.
Romans 13:11 And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
- Believing on Jesus and our salvation are two separate events.
- Salvation is a future event and each day brings us nearer to that day.
2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
- Once a person accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior they are espoused to Christ. They are engaged.
- The marriage of Christ and the Church is in the future. It has not yet occurred.
Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
- Salvation is yet to come. The believer has not yet received it.
- Each believer is personally responsible to live in obedience to Christ’s commands.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
- Salvation is in the future. It is something that the Christian has not yet received but is hoping for.
1 Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.
- This was written to Timothy, who was already a believer. Salvation for the Christian is in the future.
Titus 1:1-2 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; (2) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
- Hope is for something that we have not yet received. Eternal life is something that we have not yet received
Titus 3:1-14 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, (2) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. (3) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. (4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, (5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; (7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (8) This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. (9) But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. (10) A man that is a heretic after the first and second admonition reject; (11) Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. (12) When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. (13) Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. (14) And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
- Works of righteousness do not save a person. However, both faith and works are necessary in living the Christian life (v.1, v.8, v.14)
- Eternal life is in the future – “the hope of eternal life” v.7
- Eternal life is not eternal life if we can lose it. But we have not yet received eternal life.
Hebrews 1:13-14 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? (14) Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
- “Who shall be heirs of salvation” is future tense.
Hebrews 4:8-11 For if Joshua had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. (9) There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. (11) Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
- Our salvation is yet to come, and it is still possible for a believer to not receive their future salvation.
Hebrews 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
- Salvation is when Jesus comes the second time.
1 John 2:24-25 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life,
- Eternal life is promised. We have not yet received eternal life.
1Peter 1:3-9 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (4) To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, (5) Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (6) Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: (7) That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: (8) Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: (9) Receiving the end of your faith, eventhe salvation of your souls.
- We have a lively hope of salvation. v.3
- Our inheritance is reserved in heaven for us, but we have not yet received it. V.4
- Salvation is to be revealed in the last time. V.5
- The salvation of our souls is in the future. v.9
Revelation 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
- This is when our final salvation occurs.
The Holy Spirit is a deposit of our Future salvation.
Romans 8:23-25 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body. (24) For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? (25) But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
- We have received the firstfruits of the Spirit.
- Verse 23 states that we have been saved, we have received the Holy Spirit, but we are waiting for the redemption of our body, the final part of salvation.
- Verses 24, 25 Our full salvation is something that we have not yet received. If we had already received it we would not still hope for it.
2 Corinthians 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
- Earnest — a pledge, that is, part of the purchase money or property given in advance as securityfor the rest: – earnest. Strong’s Greek Dictionary
- The Holy Spirit is God’s pledge, security deposit of our future salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:1-7 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
- Earnest — a pledge, that is, part of the purchase money or property given in advance as securityfor the rest: – earnest. Strong’s Greek Dictionary
Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, 14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.
- The Holy Spirit is God’s seal, His pledge, the reminder of His promise of our inheritance in Heaven.
- Again the term “earnest” is used.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
- A Christian is at the present sealed by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwelling in the believer is God’s conformation that the believer will receive redemption.
- Redemption is in the future.
Well, there you have it. Salvation is a two step process. You become saved as a Christian upon conversion when you come to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. After that you must:
- Php 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
- Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
- Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
- Rom 2:7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek for glory and honor and immortality, eternal life;
- 2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Now, if you’ll take the time and study the verses proclaiming OSAS and apply them to the Day of Judgement, you will find they are true.
One of the great blessings for us as Christians is eternal security and eternal life with Jesus in Heaven. It is clear from the passages of Scripture in this section that a Christian cannot lose their salvation, that there is eternal security. However, when does a person receive eternal security? Does a person receive eternal security when they are converted or on Judgment Day?
Many of the following passages of Scripture are the ones that are used by those who hold the theological position of the present eternal security of the believer – once saved always saved. For some of the passages, I included the larger context. The context of a number of these passages actually shows the opposite of the “once saved, always saved” position.
Much of the misunderstanding about the present eternal security of the believer comes from not realizing that there are two parts of salvation – when a person becomes a Christian, and when we receive our final Salvation and eternal security on Judgment Day. In looking at all of Scripture, it is not until the Judgment Day that we receive eternal security that can never be lost.
John 3:14-17 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: (15) That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. (16) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
- The purpose of Jesus dying on the cross for our sins is that we might have eternal life in Heaven for all eternity.
- Everlasting life in which we never perish is eternal security.
- The gift of eternal life is contingent upon a person believing on Jesus, not only on predestination.
- Eternal life and eternal security is available to everyone in the whole world, to those who believe on Jesus.
- This passage of Scripture tells us that the starting point of eternal life is when a person becomes a Christian.
John 5:24-30 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (25) Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. (26) For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; (27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. (28) Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, (29) And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. (30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
- In this passage we see that everlasting life, the eternal security of the believer is something we receive in the future on Judgment Day v.29
- Verse 24 states clearly that when a person becomes a Christian that they are no longer under condemnation and that they have eternal life. If we take this verse by itself, we would come to the conclusion that once a person is saved, they will always be saved and can never go to hell. However, the context, verse 29, does not support that interpretation, and neither do many other passages of Scripture. But it is true that the starting point for a person’s eternal life is when they become a Christian.
Eternal life is dependent upon several things:
- Hearing what Jesus said. (v.24)
- Believing on Jesus (v. 24)
- Keeping Christ’s commands. (v.29) Doing good and not evil.
- Jesus, Who will be our Judge (v.30), states clearly the criteria we will be judged by in order to have eternal security. We will be judged by what we have done, not merely whether or not we became Christians. If we continue to sin and do not repent of the sin, we will not enter into eternal life.
John 6:37-40 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (38) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. (40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that everyone which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
- Everlasting life is something we receive when we are raised up at the last day — on Judgment Day.
- There is also present security in Jesus.
John 6:44-51 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 46 Not that any man hath seen the Father, save he which is of God, he hath seen the Father. 47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
- A person who believes on Jesus has everlasting life.
John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.
- Eternal life is a gift. For all eternity we will never go to hell.
- No one can cause us to lose our salvation. Our spirit is secure from other people taking away our salvation. We have a present security, a protection from others causing us not to receive our salvation.
- Matthew 10:28 explains this verse further: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell”.
- Notice that in these verses Jesus did not say that a person cannot change their mind and reject their salvation. Jesus did not say that if a person sins and does not repent they will still go to Heaven.
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
- Jesus kept all His disciples safe except Judas who chose, all by himself, to reject Jesus and to betray Him. No other person caused Judas to reject Jesus.
- This passage is not addressing eternal security. When the Jews came to arrest Jesus, and Judas betrayed Him, only Jesus was arrested and killed. All of the disciples were let go free. None were lost (that is, none died) except Judas. This is explained in John 18:6-9 “As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground. 7 Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth. 8 Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way: 9 That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.”
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
- Notice how the “once saved, always saved” theory does not line up with this verse. There is a qualification to a Christian not having condemnation: if he walks (lives) not after the flesh but after the Spirit. It does matter what we do and how we live.
Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shalltribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? (36) As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. (37) Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (38) For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- No other person, persecution, death, or problem can separate us from Christ.
- Our salvation cannot be stolen, taken away by the government, taken away by Satan or any other angel, taken away by any other person, lost through some unavoidable circumstance, or lost because we die. That is security! No other possession that we have has that kind of security.
- Note, however, that this passage does not state that sin cannot separate us from Christ or that we cannot make a choice ourselves to separate from Christ after we become a Christian.
1 Corinthians 1:8-9 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that yemay be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. (9) God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
- We do not walk the Christian life alone or on our own strength. God enables us to live the Christian life in His power and strength, that we might be blameless in the day of Christ.
1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
- God does not prevent us from sinning or yielding to the temptation.
- After we become Christians, God does prevent us from being tempted beyond what we are able to resist. God always makes a way for us to escape from going into sin.
Galatians 4:5-11 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. (6) And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. (7) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (8) Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. (9) But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage? (10) Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years. (11) I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.
- This is a passage, that if we did not take the context, we would conclude from verse 7 that since you become God’s son when you become a Christian, then you can never lose your salvation.
- Verses 9, and 10 state that a Christian still has the freedom or choice to return to their former way of life. If that happens, the one who helped them become a Christian wasted their time teaching and witnessing to them.
- If a Christian in their lifetime leads many to Christ, but only a few remain faithful and the rest return to their former way of life, the majority of that Christian’s life and evangelistic efforts were in vain and wasted.
- Discipleship must follow conversion in order for people to have eternal security.
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
1Thessalonians 5:22-24 Abstain from all appearance of evil. (23) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (24) Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
Titus 3:1-14 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, (2) To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men. (3) For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. (4) But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared, (5) Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; (6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior; (7) That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (8) This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works.These things are good and profitable unto men. (9) But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. (10) A man that is a heretic after the first and second admonition reject; (11) Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. (12) When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. (13) Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. (14) And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
- “The hope of eternal life” (v.7) indicates that we have not yet received eternal life, but live in hope of receiving it.
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermostthat come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
- Jesus is able to save to the uttermost everyone that comes to Him. There is no person that He is only able to partially save.
- Jesus’ death only had to occur one time to save us from our sins, unlike the O.T. sacrifices which had to be performed each year.
1 John 2:17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
- Eternal security is dependent upon us doing God’s will after we become Christians.
- The Christian who does God’s will has everlasting life.
You can now see how both OSAS and loosing one’s opportunity for Eternal Salvation can be true together without creating a contradiction. Moreover, if you have an ear to hear, you also see why it has been covered up and replaced with Easy Believism. Both are true at the same time, they work by placing OSAS where it belongs, at the end of the race on Judgement Day.
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
2Ti 4:4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
If you’re ready to accept this truth, then you’ll have to take an active role in your salvation. You can no longer drift along in your journey of Christendom being blown here to there by the wind. You have to endure, persevere, obey, keep your faith and work out your salvation, if you want to hear Jesus say “well done, good and faithful servant” or if not, you’ll hear:
Mat 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Mat 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Mat 7:23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
The church of today no longer teaches this two step salvation process, because of fear of losing their congregation. They gloss over the work out your salvation and simplify it with a simple non-threatening sinner’s prayer and then proclaim OSAS. This produces a weak frail Christian who runs when the tribulations come and they let go of the Faith they had. When they see God’s Word didn’t do what the preacher said they give up their Faith and go back into the world. Sadly, they don’t know hell has a special place for those who once knew the truth and gave it up. I pray this won’t be you.