SOME have been indoctrinated to believe that because Jesus did HIS redemptive work perfectly on the cross, that they have no personal responsibility to obey God. The wolves who mislead them have told them that they’ll be in Heaven no matter what but their rewards will vary based on obedience. But Jesus says “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.” (Matthew 7:21)
When we get to know the LORD ourselves by diligently studying His Word, a whole different picture arises in our hearts. The concept or wording “once saved always saved” or “eternal security” or “perseverance of the saints” appear no where in God’s Word. In fact, these concepts blatantly contradict God’s Word.
The only person who could be misled by this damning lie would be the individual who refuses to know God himself by personal diligent study, humility, and repentance (2 Timothy 2:15). But that’s just it – many do not want to know the truth. They’d rather bask in the lie that gives them the fairy tale idea that they can live as they wish in this life and no matter what, they will be in Heaven. This is a lie from hell.
When they think of the atoning death of Christ, they picture that Jesus died once for all and that the only responsibility they have is to receive initial salvation. All the rest of what Jesus and His apostles taught is off the table – out of sight and out of mind. They want nothing to do with that cross Jesus commanded to be taken up daily to follow Him (Luke 9:23-24, etc.). Such is view as optional.
“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.” Galatians 6:7-8
So many are taught and believe that since they had one moment of faith, they are justified and Heaven bound no matter who they conduct their life on this earth.
“He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” 1 John 2:4
Remember how we are instructed to “shew the Lord’s death till he come”?
“For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.” 1 Corinthians 11:26
And, how if we “eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord,” we “eateth and drinketh damnation” to ourselves. Note the word “damnation.” That could only mean one thing. This is yet another place in Scripture, of many, where we are commanded to examine ourselves, and to “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) We are repeatedly instructed to obey God by repenting and confessing and any and all sin (Proverbs 28:13; 2 Corinthians 7:1; 13:5; 1 John 1:6-10, etc.).
“…whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.” 1 Corinthians 11:27-29
In other words, this is speaking of the individual who is pretending to be remembering and celebrating the LORD’s perfect sacrifice on the cross while refusing to repent and confess all sin. This alone informs us that such a person is going to receive “damnation.”
As part of their sanctification, New Testament believers are to remember Christ’s death – His perfect sacrifice (Matthew 26:28; John 19:30). A stated essential is fresh repentance and the confession of all sin, otherwise, such a person “eateth and drinketh damnation to himself.” (1 Corinthians 11:29)
Jesus’ perfect sacrifice on the cross was in no way to grant a license for sin – which is exactly what the OSAS/eternal security wolves are teaching and the Bible specifically calls them “ungodly men.” (Jude 3-4).
Recently I attended a local church gathering and listened to a pastor who all-too-typically taught on justification from Romans 4. He would have everyone there to believe that since Jesus rendered the ultimate, perfect sacrifice, we are justified un-conditionally. Nonsense. When it was over, as the LORD would have it, he can and sat down with me. A very good conversation ensued. The pastor was informed that if we teach justification and not sanctification (a necessity), we paint a false picture and mislead those who hear us. I reminded this pastor of Romans 6, which states:
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2
Saving grace does not abound (is not applied) to the person who after being saved, does not abide/continue in a grounded relationship with Christ (John 15:1-6). Jesus says that such a person will ultimately be “cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” (John 15:6)
We must cease preaching an imbalance – a misrepresentation of the Gospel for self-serving purposes. Romans 4 and 5 concern justification and Romans 6 is all about sanctification – the crucified life of a true follower of Jesus. In verse 23 we are told that the wages of sin is still death.
Beware of the cross-less false gospel saints and the cross-less counterfeits around us (Titus 1:16).
After being born again, the continual forgiveness of our sins is only appropriated by those who abide (remain) in Christ, walking in the light of truth with the LORD and Savior.
“But IF (a condition) we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7
Holiness is essential to Heaven. Listen:
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:15-16
We’ve been warned. If you are I die in sin, hell and the lake of fire will be our irreversible eternal destination.
“He that overcometh (condition) shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:7-8
Beware of the vile false teachers who teach justification and not sanctification as a necessary for eternal glory. The men are lying to you. The death of self, daily cross is essential according to Jesus but this truth doesn’t make people comfortable or sell. So, wolves conveniently, intentionally leave it out.
Those who were once justified by Christ and yet refuse to obey Him by being sanctified, will be “cut off,” spewed (rejected) from Christ in the end (Romans 11:20-22; Revelation 3:15-16).
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:20-21
Since when is obeying the LORD legalism or a works salvation?
Is Jesus truly your LORD? Let’s test that:
“And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” Luke 6:46
Justification and sanctification are by divine grace. Just as the recipient of salvation exercises his free will to repent and receive Christ, so he must do the same throughout his life or he will “fall away,” a phrase invented by the Son of God (Luke 8:13).
Speaking to His own, Jesus said:
“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. 12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. 13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Matthew 24:11-13
Christ’s apostles taught the same conditional salvation.
“Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22
The LORD’s apostles had all the ability in the world to tell these Christians that they were “eternally secure” or “once saved, always saved.” No, instead they told that they musts “continue in the faith.”
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