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PART 10 / 12Can You Lose Your Salvation / OSAS
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Can You Lose Your Salvation
Two hotly debated issues in the church world today are “Can you lose your salvation” and the doctrine of “Once saved always saved (O.S.A.S.)” And yet, if one understands the Salvation Equation (SE), it’s simple to get to the truth behind these issues. Let’s take a look at the equation and consider the question, “Can you lose your salvation?”
When you understand OUR ENTIRE DUTY in obtaining eternal life is to DO Term A, which is to continually live by God’s 10LC, it becomes obvious this is something we can do for awhile and then quit. In other words, we can be saved for awhile, on our way to heaven, but then later we can turn back to living a life of willful sin, where we’ll no longer be saved, but we’ll be on our way to hell. So the correct answer to the question “Can you lose your salvation?” is a resounding … YES!!! If we stop doing our part in the SE, we will have lost our salvation. And the Bible clearly confirms this truth! Peter said:
“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. 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 commandments delivered unto them. 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” (II Peter 2:20-22)
Wow! How about that? Not only can you lose your salvation, but your punishment on Judgment Day will get worse! Now that’s the Biblical truth of someone who lives a holy life for awhile, keeping the 10LC, and then turns away from them later! Peter said they are like a dog who returns to its vomit, or like a washed pig who returns to wallow in the mud. Nothing sadder could happen to a person, for they are in big trouble!
Parable of the Sower
Jesus’ parable of the sower also confirms we can lose our salvation. The parable talks about four different heart responses to God’s message of … “If you want to obtain eternal life, keep the 10LC”. There’s a way side heart, a thorny heart, a stony heart, and a good soil heart. And it’s the thorny and stony hearted people who lose their salvation, because they eventually stop living by God’s 10LC. Jesus explained:
“The seed on stony soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. For when trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away” (Mark 4:16-17)
See these people were excited about eternal life. They walked the way of God’s 10LC for awhile, which means they were saved, and if they would have died then, they would have made heaven. But unfortunately, hardships came and people began laughing at them for living a self-sacrificing life of love, as defined by the 10LC, and so they stopped. And that’s when stony-hearted people lose their salvation! And concerning thorny hearts, Jesus said:
“The seed that fell among thorns represent those who hear God’s Word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the lust for other things, so no fruit is produced” (Mark 4:18-19).
Friend, the fruit Jesus is talking about is the good fruit of love, the 10LC. Thorny-hearted people can’t continue walking the way of God’s 10LC, because that requires them to be dead to this world, to hate money, to lose their life, etc … but they are enticed to be prideful, to idolize money and materialistic things, to lust for dirt, and these desires choke out the humble fruit of love in their life. Visit “The Commandments” pages on our 10LC website and you’ll learn how these desires are the root cause of ALL disobedience to God’s 10LC, and without a doubt, they will strangle out a heart’s ability to love. Thorny-hearted people are destined to lose their salvation.
By the way, in this parable of the sower, do you see how once again Jesus is making it crystal clear that Term A in the SE is OUR DUTY in obtaining eternal life? Friend, this parable is about eternal life! Only those who produce the good fruit of love in their life, which is to keep the 10LC, will obtain eternal life. And in the parable Jesus is explaining the reasons WHY people will NOT live by the 10LC! He’s exposing their hearts! And only the hearts having good ground will obtain eternal life, for they will cherish Jesus’ teachings and produce the good fruit of love. What an amazing parable!
Ezekiel the Prophet
Even in the Old Testament God plainly reveals we can lose our salvation. Speaking through the prophet Ezekiel, God said:
“If a righteous person turns to sinning and acts like any other sinner, should he be allowed to live? No, of course not! All his previous goodness will be forgotten, and he shall die for his sins” (Ezekiel 18:24)
Wow! How about those words? Of course we can lose our salvation! Friend, you can live righteously for decades, but if for whatever reason you eventually turn from the 10LC and begin living in willful sin, you will go to hell! Your past righteousness will be forgotten, and you will die in your sins! Man, that’s humbling! Friend, you have got to get on the path of God’s 10LC, and NEVER turn from them, if you want to make heaven! Anything less is like playing Russian-roulette with your eternal destiny! And trust me … you don’t want to play that game! God says:
“Do you think I like to see the wicked die? Of course not! I only want him to turn from his wicked ways and live … If a wicked person turns away from his wickedness and obeys the law, and does what is right, he shall save his soul” (Ezekiel 18:23,27)
Are You Saved
In light of the Salvation Equation’s truth, do you now recognize the ambiguity behind this ubiquitous church question … “Are you saved?” What in the world are they asking? If they’re talking about term “B” (what Jesus did to make “forgiveness of sins” available for our salvation) of course we are! Everyone in the world is saved in that regard, whether they know about Jesus’ story or not. Do you understand? Your knowledge of Jesus’ story, your belief in his story or lack of belief in his story, can NOT change the fact that “forgiveness of sins” is available to you. In other words, God’s part in salvation is secure! It is an unchangeable fact! So, if a person is referring to term “B” in the Salvation Equation when asking the question “Are you saved?” the answer is ALWAYS, “Yes!” It’s actually an idiotic question in that regard.
Now, if the person is referring to term “A” in the Salvation Equation when asking “Are you saved?” the correct answer should be … “Well, (ma’am or sir), I’m actively working on that day second by second, hour by hour, day by day of my life, by always striving to live a repentant lifestyle of keeping God’s 10 Love Commandments. I’m laboring to be accepted of God. I’m working out my own salvation, daily, with fear and trembling. I’m resisting the devil, fighting the good fight of faith, doing Term A in the SE, so that I might receive the forgiveness for sins Christ made available to me by dying on the cross! Please pray I continue in this manner, and yes, I hope God will accept me into His Kingdom one day.” Do you see the humility in that answer? Do you see this person TRULY knows what THEY MUST DO to obtain salvation (eternal life)? How smart. How wise! How repentant!
But we all know what a modern day churchgoer is getting at with this “Are you saved?” question, don’t we? It stems from incorrect salvational doctrine. They think what a person MUST DO to obtain eternal life is learn about term “B” (what Jesus did) and then “believe that story” in their heart to be true. If you do this, they think, that is ALL you have to do to obtain eternal life. That belief usually accompanies a trip to a church altar somewhere, followed by a few prayerful words. Then, that’s it! You’re saved forever! That, my friend, is probably Satan’s most damnable lie he tells in today’s church world! I urge you to expose this lie every chance you get, pointing people to this website if you must. Let’s help our brothers and sisters learn the TRUTH about salvation, giving them an honest chance at obtaining eternal life. And let’s give the devil one big old black eye!
Once Saved Always Saved
So what about this doctrine of “Once saved always saved (OSAS)”? Is it true? I think you know by now, right? Of course not! It’s a massive lie from Satan! There’s NOTHING you can possibly do at just ONE TIME in your life that then guarantees your entrance into heaven. That doctrine is demonic. The ONLY thing you can do to make heaven is CONTINUALLY strive to live by God’s 10LC. It’s a lifetime journey. And if you ever stop living righteously, and die in that condition, you’ll perish. So don’t believe this satanic doctrine of OSAS. It was invented by Satan for people who do not understand the truth of God’s Word concerning what WE must DO to obtain eternal life. God says:
“Repent, and turn from your sins while there is yet time. Put them behind you and make you a new heart and a new spirit. For I have no pleasure in seeing you die, says the Lord God. So turn yourselves and live!” (Ezekiel 18:30-32)
Now that’s the truth! Believe the words of God, people, and reject all demonic doctrines in today’s churches.