Once saved always saved is a popular Christian
doctrine, but is it Biblical? It’s time to UNLEARN the lies. UNLEARN Hey, welcome to UNLEARN. My name is Lex, and I’d like to invite you
to join us each week as we UNLEARN the lies and dig deeper into the truth of God’s Word. Now, let’s get started. The doctrine of once saved always saved, also
known as the Perseverance of the saints, or eternal security, is a Christian teaching
that says once a person is truly saved, they cannot lose their salvation. It’s important to point out that there are
two main forms in which this doctrine takes place. The original understanding of this doctrine
was that those who are truly saved will live a life of righteousness leading to sanctification,
and will never fall away from the faith. Those who adhere to this doctrine claim that
if a person falls away, they were never truly saved to begin with. A more modern form of this doctrine says that
once you are saved, you cannot become unsaved, even if you live like an unbeliever, and even
if you stop believing. I see no good qualities in this understanding,
and I believe it’s a perversion of the Gospel that leads people into lawless behavior, and
I do not see any Scriptural support for their claims. In fact, I believe Peter warns against this
type of false security that leads to lawlessness. “You therefore, beloved, since you know
this beforehand, BEWARE LEST YOU ALSO FALL FROM YOUR OWN STEADFASTNESS, being LED AWAY
with the error of the LAWLESS” – 2 Peter 3:17 In contrast, I see some very good qualities
in the original understanding of the perseverance of the saints doctrine, which says those who
are truly saved will live a life that reflects it, they will be sanctified by the Holy Spirit,
and they will abide in Messiah. However, I believe they are ignoring certain
verses in Scripture that indicate that people can fall away and losing their salvation. For example, the book of Hebrews says if we
fall away, we cannot be renewed to repentance. “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.” – Hebrews 6:4-6 To fall away from the faith implies that you
were once part of the faith. You can’t fall away from something you were
not part of to begin with. The once saved always saved crowd says those
who fall away were never really saved to begin with, but this verse says otherwise. It speaks about them being partakers of the
Holy Spirit, which indicates they were saved and given the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,
but it says “if they fall away”, which indicates it is possible to fall away even
after being enlightened and receiving the Holy Spirit. How is this possible? How could someone who is truly saved fall
away? Our Messiah said that we must remain in Him,
or else we will be cut off. “REMAIN IN ME, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself,
unless it REMAINS in the vine, neither can you, unless you REMAIN IN ME. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who REMAINS IN ME, and I in him, bears
much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not REMAIN IN ME, he is cast
out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire,
and they are burned.” – John 15:4-6 To remain in Him indicates that those who
are broken off were once in Him, but did not remain. They were believers but didn’t hold on to
their faith in Messiah. They fell away and were broken off, withered,
and cast into the fire. This shows that some start out in the faith
but do not keep the faith, and as a result they lose their salvation. Now, listen to the warning that was given
by the Holy Spirit to Paul about believers departing from the faith. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter
times some will DEPART FROM THE FAITH, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of
demons” – 1 Timothy 4:1 To depart from the faith means you had faith
to begin with. Salvation is conditioned on faith. We are saved by having faith in Messiah. So, it stands to reason that if we lose our
faith in Messiah, we lose the salvation He gives to those who have faith. Consider what Paul said about those who are
broken off because of unbelief. “Because of unbelief they were broken off,
and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches,
He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity
of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, IF YOU CONTINUE in His goodness. Otherwise you also WILL BE CUT OFF. And they also, if they do not continue in
unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.” – Romans 11:20-23 Paul is saying that we must remain, we must
continue, we must persevere in our faith, or else we will be cut off. One must have faith to begin with if they
are expected to persevere in it. He is writing about people who are already
grafted into the tree, they already have faith in Messiah, they are joined with God’s people,
and He said they will be cut off because of unbelief. Peter also writes about those who have received
salvation but turn back to a life of sin. “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions
of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again
entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not
to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to TURN from the holy commandment
delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the
true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing
in the mire.” – 2 Peter 2:20-22 He is showing us that it is possible for someone
who has escaped sin and found salvation to once again return to sin and lose his salvation. The proverbial dog returning to his own vomit. Ultimately, I believe the once saved always
saved argument is based on a faulty premise. The premise is that we can’t lose something
we’ve already attained. However, the Bible indicates that we have
not fully attained salvation yet. Yeshua said, “But he who endures to the end shall be
saved.” – Matthew 24:13 Our salvation has not been completed yet. When we believe on Yeshua, when we come to
faith in Him, we start the salvation process. We are in the process of being saved. The book of Acts refers new converts as those
who are “being saved”. “…the Lord added to the church daily those
who were BEING SAVED.” – Acts 2:47 Paul says the message of the Gospel is powerful
to those who are “being saved”. “For the message of the cross is foolishness
to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” – 1 Corinthians 1:18 He also speaks about those who are being saved
in contrast with those who are perishing. “For we are to God the fragrance of Christ
among those who are BEING SAVED and among those who are perishing.” – 2 Corinthians 2:15 The Bible speaks about salvation in past,
present, and future tense. We have been saved, we are being saved, and
we will be saved. Paul explains that we have already been justified
by the blood of Messiah, but our salvation from wrath has not yet happened. “Much more then, having now been justified
by His blood, we SHALL BE SAVED from wrath through Him. For if when we were enemies we were reconciled
to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we SHALL BE
SAVED by His life.” – Romans 5:9-10 Notice he said we shall be saved through Messiah. It is only through Him that we will be able
to attain salvation. If we remain in Yeshua and endure to the end
we shall be saved. We have been saved by grace through faith,
and we are being saved by remaining in Messsiah, and we will be saved when He returns, if we
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