Those embracing “Once Saved Always Saved” are trusting in a false presupposition that distorts the doctrine of salvation. The typical Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) adherent views salvation ONLY from the perspective of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
A Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS) adherent views salvation ONLY from the perspective of what Jesus Christ has done for us.
1. Our actions or our “good works” can never pay the penalty for our sin. (True) 2. This makes us completely dependent upon Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for us. (True) 3. This means that nothing I do can either add or take away from what Christ has done. (True) 4. Therefore, my actions whether good or bad do not affect MY salvation. (False)
Their focused on what Jesus has done; the fact we cannot add anything to what Jesus has done. They forget there are 2 sides to this equation. They do not understand that although Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins (100% without any help from us) the offer of salvation is a conditional offer. Jesus exhorts believers to faithfully follow Him.
Many cringe when the word conditional is used in connection to salvation. They feel that it is being implied the atoning death of Jesus did not fully pay the penalty for sin. They miss the fact that “It is by grace you have been saved, THROUGH FAITH.” They truly do not understand that we are saved by grace through our continuing faith (Col. 1:23).
Those believing in once saved always saved do not understand faith because they have subtly changed the meaning of what it means to have FAITH. To OSAS adherents, FAITH does not mean believing everything that Jesus said, nor it does not mean obeying Jesus, nor does it does mean faithfully following Jesus unto death. FAITH is simply the acceptance of an offer. FAITH, to them, means being willing to complete the transaction by accepting the free gift of eternal life.
Here is the equation they use: “Jesus offers” + “We accept” = “Transaction Complete!”
Although they do not state it this way, this equation is what is actually being taught. They simply miss the fact the offer of eternal life is not a complete equation. They do not understand the offer comes with the EXPECTATION that we will live a faithful life. This is why they use terminology like “Just ACCEPT Jesus as your Savior.”
They see salvation strictly as a transaction. Therefore, in order to complete the equation / transaction, according to what they teach, we must accept the offer. However, Jesus does not want your acceptance … He wants your obedience.
Jesus promised, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death (which is the Lake of Fire).” Rev. 2:10-11
Their heretic misunderstanding of faith prevents OSAS adherents from understanding the doctrine of Christ. Simply, all believers must remain faithful to Jesus Christ unto death.