The Baptist denomination of the Protestant faith, along with some others, has a doctrine that they state as "once saved, always saved." By this they mean that once you have prayed the "Sinner's Prayer" and "received Jesus into your heart," that you have eternal life. Period. Nothing else is required and there is nobody and nothing that can ever change it. No matter what you do after you say that little prayer, you will go to live with "Jesus" when you leave this life.
They can and will quote some scripture to support this doctrine, but the scripture they quote doesn't mean what they say it means. What it does mean is what it says. Believing and acting on this doctrine of "once saved always saved" is going to cause an awful lot of otherwise good and decent people to be cast into outer darkness with the rest of the disobedient sinners.
The scripture listed below raises some serious questions concerning this doctrine. As a matter of fact, it downright refutes the idea of instant and everlasting salvation that requires no action on the part of the person seeking salvation. Obedience to our Eloah, whose name is Yahuwah (yah-hoo-WAH), the Savior, has been required from the beginning, and it is still required today. Yahuwah does not change.
The words in the following two verses are the words of our Sovereign and Savior, Yahushua (yah-hoo-SHOO-ah = Salvation of Yahuwah), the Risen Son of the Living Eloah. If you were reading these verses in your copy of the scripture, they would most likely be in red. In them He is talking about those who have obeyed Him. If you have attained to salvation, but do not endure to the end, are you "saved" anyway? Not according to the words of our Master!
- MattiythYahuw (Matthew) 10:22 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake, but he that endures to the end shall be saved.
- Markos (Mark) 13:13 And you shall be hated of all men for my name's sake, but he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.
The key idea in the above verses is IF. IF you endure to the end, then you shall be saved. This shows that keeping salvation IS conditional, not unconditionally permanent, and this condition is, as always, obedience to His will. (This does NOT mean that you have to perform works to "keep your salvation" as is taught by some religious groups, just that you must obey Yahuwah.) He is the one who said, "IF you love Me, obey My commandments." The idea of IF is in everything that pertains to salvation and it is always IF we are in obedience.
- Ibriym (Hebrews) 3:6 But the Anointed as a Son over his own house, whose house are we, IF we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. (Empasis on IF added)
Gaining salvation is conditional also. To become a child of Yahuwah, you must obey His words, period.
No answering the altar call. No "Sinner's Prayer." No being sorry for your sins. No "asking Jesus to come into your heart." No being "baptized" as "an outward sign of inward faith." None of those things are to be found in the scripture. The only thing you must do is to be in obedience to what is found in His word, the scripture.
This does NOT mean that you have to perform works to gain salvation as is taught by some religious groups. Salvation is a free gift to those who obey Him, and that means that you must meet Yahuwah's conditions. You cannot attain to salvation by your works of righteousness, nor are works required to maintain salvation, but you will perform good works BECAUSE you are saved, and at the judgment you will be judged on those works.
He said that when you hear His word (a condition), truly believe in Him through that word (a condition), you must change your way of thinking (repentance - a condition) and be immersed in His name for the remission of sins (baptism - a condition) and in so doing you will receive the free gift of the Sacred Spirit. In doing this, because you believe that He is the Son of Yahuwah, and you no longer want to think on the things of the world, but instead you want only to consider the things of the kingdom of Yahuwah, you will be buried in the likeness of His death, leave the old dead man of sin in that watery grave, and be born again in His likeness. Then you may truly call yourself a born again Christian.
The verse below shows what happens IF you attempt to return to the carnal law of ordinances (things of the Law of Mosheh) after you are in His body. (Under the perfect law of liberty, we are saved by His grace and justified by our faith.) When you fall from grace, eternal life is no longer yours, until you repent and the Father forgives you for your error. Does this sound like "once saved always saved?"
- Galates (Galatians) 5:4 (RNV) You have become estranged from the Anointed, you who are justified by law, you have fallen from grace.
Without first belief and then obedience, which starts with repentance and immersion in His name for the remission of your sins, you name is never entered in the book of life so you never have the opportunity to "overcome the world." Does this sound like "once saved always saved?"
- Rhomaios (Romans) 11:20 (RNS) Well, because of unbelief they were broken off and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. 21 For if Yahuwah did not spare the natural branches He may not spare you either. 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of Yahuwah. On those who fell, severity, but toward you, goodness, IF (emphasis mine) you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.
- Revelation 3:5 (RNS) He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life but I will confess his name before My Father and before His messengers.
So your name CAN be removed (blotted out) from the book of life once it has been entered and you CAN and WILL be CUT OFF for disobedience. Does this sound like "once saved always saved"?
The delegate to the heathen (gentiles), Sha'uwl (Paul or Paulos), even made statements that impact this false doctrine.
- 1 Korinthios (Corinthians) 9:27 (RNS) But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest when I have preached to others I myself should become disqualified.
- Kolossaeus (Colossians) 1:21-23 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you sacred, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight, if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you heard, that was preached to every creature under the sky, of which I, Sha'uwl, became a minister.
Here is a man who has been VERY obedient after his meeting with Yahushua on the road to Dammeseq. He believed, confessed His name, and was immersed for the remission of his sins, and yet he says that if he does not continue in obedience he will be "disqualified" (look up Strongs G0096 for the meaning). Then he tells the members of the assembly in Kolossai that IF they continue in the faith they would remain reconciled to Yahuwah. Do these sound like he believed in the "once saved always saved" doctrine?
There are more verses and passages stating this in a similar manner, but these few should be more than ample to show the point of this pamphlet. (How many white crows do you have to see before you will understand that all crows are not black?)
So which are you going to do? Are you going to believe some man-made fairy tale about how to be saved and never have your name entered into the book of life? Or are you going to believe the word of Yahuwah, and become a true child of Yahuwah who overcomes by being obedient to His word and who Yahushua will confess before His, and our, Father?
The choice is yours.
Obey Yahuwah and live.
Disobey Yahuwah and die.