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The Spirit of Antichrist Underlies OSAS

Satan Seals Off the Truth from those who Embrace His Original Lie

“Even him (the antichrist), whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

They had more pleasure in their unrighteous living than in the truth. They chose to love their own pleasurous lifestyle than the truth revealed in God’s Word.

That “spirit of antichrist” sits in the temple of his own heart, refusing to allow Christ to reign supreme. This is the the exact evil disposition and spirit that underlies the OSAS lie – as it did with Adam and Eve. – “And the serpent (Satan) said unto the woman, Ye shall NOT surely die (Lie Number 1: if you sin there will be no eternal consequences): 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:4-5)

This passage in 2 Thessalonians 2 (below) defines “the spirit of antichrist” (1 John 4:1-3):

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

“Antichrist” is a Bible word and means in place of Christ (1 John 4:1-3). When we put ourselves in place of Christ, we are antichrist. When we put any teaching or false gospel in place of Christ’s clear teachings, we are are submitting to and walking in “the spirit of antichrist.” So many today erroneously believe they can ignore Christ’s teachings and still be in right standing with Him. These souls are completely deceived because Jesus tied the two together:

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me AND of my words (teachings) in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38

The LORD Jesus taught:

“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

The Evil Spirit Behind OSAS and its Devotees

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly (plainly, specifically), that in the latter times some shall depart (leave) from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” 1 Timothy 4:1-2

Does Satan have “doctrines”? He sure does. Well, he taught the man and the woman in the Garden – contrary to what God had just told them – view and compare the words of the LORD recorded in Genesis 2:17 with the words of Satan in Genesis 3:4.

OSAS (once saved always saved) – People who are inoculated from the truth because they have believed the lie of OSAS dismiss the myriad of warnings found in the New Testament. They attempt to manipulate and do interpretational acrobatics instead of simply taking God at His Word. For example, when you quote the book of Hebrews (which is loaded with warnings to believers not to fall away), they will come up with “Well that was written to the Jews.” WHATTTTT????  There’s no difference in Christ between Jew and Gentile and any beginner Bible student knows that (Ephesians 2, etc.). Hebrews addresses “holy brethren” which as the saved, includes all who are in Christ and their previous national or religious background means nothing now that they are in Christ (Hebrews 3:1; Ephesians 2; Romans 2:28-29). – “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)

But what’s at stake? Their life in this world is at stake and they simply do not want to give it up – they don’t want to have to lose their life in this world as Jesus said one must do to follow Him and go to Heaven.

“And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. … So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:27, 33

“Remember Lot’s wife (she’s turned back after being rescued). 33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke 17:32-33

Could Christ have made this any clearer?

OSAS is the doctrine of self preservation which is the antithesis of the “daily” cross Christ commanded that one take up if he’s going to follow Jesus (Luke 9:23-24).

“But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.” Luke 19:27

We see in this verse above (Luke 19:27) that Christ’s “enemies” are those who do not allow Him to “reign over them. This is the same truth the apostle Paul nailed in 2 Timothy 3:1-5 when he said that their will be those last hour professors who have a mere “form (formula; facade) of godliness, but denying the power (the authority of Christ) thereof.”

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5

These are those cross-less counterfeits that love their false leaders whom Paul says are “the enemies of the cross of Christ.”

“(For MANY (not a few) walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destruction (eternal damnation), whose God is their belly (selfish appetites), and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)” Philippians 3:18-19

Cross-less counterfeits abound and they are in the pulpits. They write the cotton candy books we call “Christian.” They stage the ministries we call local churches which are nothing more than entertainment centers that tell the people what their un-circumcised hearts wish to hear. Is this not the fulfillment of prophecy? If so, why are we surprised?

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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; 4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (stories, story tellers).” 2 Timothy 4:2-4

I Believe the LORD can work with the “Honest”

Let me stop for a moment and say that this writer, just as the reader, has the same sinful tendencies daily. Yet, we do ourselves no good to deny the truth – to lie against what is plainly written (James 3:14). “Lie not against the truth” but rather “Let God be true and EVERY man a liar.” (James 3:14; Romans 3:4) You see, those who seek to hide their sins will not prosper or be in Christ. – “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” (Proverbs 28:13)

Seems to me that God can work with the person who chooses to be “honest.” – “But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.” (Luke 8:15) Many times while ministering to someone, I have heard the refreshing honesty of those not presently abiding in Christ. Yes, it’s unfortunate that they had drifted and were no longer living in communion with Jesus and yet, at least they were honest about it and not trying to cover their tracks with the OSAS lie. Many others I have spoken with about Jesus and their eternal souls, while openly living in sin, have stated things like “Oh, I’m eternally secure. I took care of my salvation years ago. I’m once saved always saved.” Friends, no one could be in a more dangerous position. Why? Read what Peter wrote:

“For IF (that means it’s possible) AFTER they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge (knowing Him) 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. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit AGAIN; and the sow that WAS washed to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:20-2

Self-Serving Instead of Savior Serving

Why won’t the eternal securists simply take God at His Word?

Matthew 24:11 No matter the façade, those who believe OSAS are not and will not walk in the holy fear of God, taking personal responsibility for their every thought and action. In their darkened minds, this is what’s at stake – being able to live as THEY choose and still believe they are “eternally secure” (a term that never appears in Scripture). They will not be holy as He is holy – because in their minds it is not essential. Yet the Bible tells us something different.

“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

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which NO man shall see the Lord:” Hebrews 12:14

If sin doesn’t separate us from God, that would mean that God is not Holy which is a lie (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8; 21:8; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23;).

The language and demands found in Holy Scripture – straight from God – are far different than the fairy tale message that has deluded every “evangelical Christian” today, especially those who espouse this OSAS lie from hell.

Matthew 24:10-13

“And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. 11 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 24:10-13

Here’s clear proof that OSAS adherents are not following Christ’s teaching which means they are not following Him (Mark 8:38; John 14:21). Out of personal convenience and the evil desire to live this life as they wish instead of as Christ wishes, they ignore and refuse to believe what He plainly stated.

In v13 of Matthew 24 above, Jesus Christ gives a condition for being with Him eternally but the OSAS adherent ignores that because he erroneously believes that he is unconditionally eternally secure – that is, he vainly believes that after the moment he repented and received Christ, he has no further personal responsibility to endure in saving trust/faith with Christ (abiding, fruit-bearing fellowship – John 15:1-6). But according to the New Testament record, continuing to the end is essential to being with Christ in Heaven – being found in Christ in that last dying breath (Matthew 24-25; Luke 12:35-40; Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 2:3; 3:6, 12-14; 10:26-39, etc.).

Nothing could be more deadly than believing you are secure when you are not. The most deceived person is the one who was once genuinely saved and is now living outside of an abiding fellowship with Christ. Yet the OSAS lie leads it’s gullible adherents to believe that they are still secure eternally while living their personal life outside of intimacy with Christ (1 John 17; John 15:1-6). While living life on their own terms – “having a (mere) for of godliness” – they still believe they are going to Heaven when they die (2 Timothy 3:1-7). This is perhaps Satan greatest deception and his first. See Genesis 2:17; 3:4. This is exactly why we put together the books Lie of the Ages and Soul Damning Sins.

The OSAS adherent allows his tradition to trump the very words of the One he claims saved him and holds him in the state of “eternal security.” Such an “evangelical” dupe is no different than the Mormon cultist whose book of Mormon trumps God’s Word. His traditions – that which man and devils taught him – takes precedence over Christ and what His holy apostles plainly stated.

“Beware lest ANY MAN spoil you (ruin your eternal soul) through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 2:8

We are warned not to allow any mere “man” to steal away our heavenly crown (salvation). Yet, some are literally hell bent on follow their pastor instead of having a real life in God’s Word for themselves – studying to show their own selves approved unto Him so that they will not be ashamed in the end (2 Timothy 2:15).

“Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” Revelation 3:11

“MANY” will be deceived by the “MANY” false prophets of this last hour before Christ’s return:

“And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.” Matthew 24:11

We know when “that spirit of antichrist” is working through a rebel when he speaks contrary to God’s Word (John 8:47; 1 John 4:3). “That spirit of antichrist”anti (in place of) Christ is anything that contradicts His what God’s Word says, working to subvert divinely stated truth while posing as Christ’s minister (2 Corinthians 11:12-15).

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