Once Saved, Always Saved
Many Christians today have been indoctrinated into an unbiblical set of fallacies that started with a Humanist lawyer in the 1500’s, named Jean Calvin (a.k.a. John Calvin). It has turned the relational faith Christ preached into a courtroom circus, superimposed on a few of Paul’s verses. Once saved, always saved claims that you are saved by the formula they read into the verses Romans 10:9-10. The reason they do this is that the translations, which follow suit with the KJV, are unfaithful to the Greek. They do this in order to justify the doctrines they have had handed down to them from the time of Calvin, who seems almost equivalent to Christ in their minds.
Let us examine some key Scriptures. We should begin with the one used most often regarding how to be saved, Romans 10.9-10.
9That in the case that you agree as in a covenant in your mouth to Lord Jesus and you believe in your heart that God wakens Him from out of the dead, you will be saved. 10For in heart you are believing into equity, but in mouth you are agreeing as in a covenant into salvation. [Romans 10.9-10]
They say that anyone who confesses with their mouth that Jesus is Lord and believes in their heart that God raised him from the dead, he will be saved. In fact, this is what it says in the KJV text, kind of. However, as with many biblical passages in the English translations, they adhere to the doctrines of Calvin, even to the expense of completely omitting key verbs, as in Matthew 5:17.
In Romans 10, we see that what we do with our mouth is agree to make a covenant with Lord Jesus. This is not the same as simply confessing. Then we must believe that God wakened Christ from out of the dead. Verse 10 tells the substance of this when it says that in our hearts we are believing into equity (often translated righteousness), but in mouth agreeing as in a covenant into salvation. They will declare that the righteousness of Christ is imputed onto the one who is believing and that the covenant of salvation excuses us from having to obey, because that would be works and we would be earning our salvation. They make no distinction between the works of man and the works God puts on us to do, which please Him and which he prepared us for [see Ephesians 2.8-10 TRW].
Compare to Romans 2
4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.
12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel. [Romans 2:4-16 NKJV]
They want to say that the judgement of what we do will be in order to give some reward, but not salvation. The reward is described here by Paul himself. So if you exalt Paul above Jesus, then here even Paul is rebuking your twisting of other verses he has written. The rewards:
- eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good
- to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil
Now tell me that you can do evil and be saved. Tell me that you can be self-seeking and be saved. Tell me that you can not obey and be saved. If you do not use patient continuance to DO GOOD, then you will not receive eternal life. Saving faith and actions from God through us are inseparable. Faith of man does not result in the righteousness of God and it cannot save. Actions from man are no better than filthy rags. But the faith from God and the actions from God have the power to save. You cannot have one without the other. Together, they save you from the wrath of God.
Christians are telling what they would like things to be like, but it does not match what is actually written in the Bible.
8For you are being in the cheerful graciousness, the ones having been saved through the persuasion, and that not out of you. 9The gift of God is not from out of actions of toiling, in order that no one may boast for his own benefit in wishful praying. 10For we are a making of Him, being acquired in Christ Jesus, superimposed with good actions. Into those good actions God pre-adjusts (you) in order that in them you may walk about. [Ephesians 2.8-10 TRW – not stopping short as most Protestants do of reading verse 10 together with verses 8 and 9].
Two kinds of works: our own and God’s. One has no power to save, but the other is the completion of saving faith [James 2:14 and 22]. You must compare Scripture with Scripture and interpret Paul with the full Apostles’ and Jesus’ teachings. Otherwise, you create for yourself the very kind of faith that Paul himself dismissed:
1What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. [Romans 6.1-6 NKJV]
So where is the allowance to sin? If you indeed died with Christ then there is none. You are dead to sin. You no longer serve sin. It is no longer your master. But we have been deceived and told we must sin and we cannot help it and we cannot escape it. How is this not a license to sin? The Apostles speak in contradiction to this. Whatever your experience is, the Scriptures are truth. Whatever you find believable or not, the Scriptures are truth.
4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. [1 John 3.4-9 NKJV]
Whether we like it or not, this is what it says in the most simplest form of speech. All of Paul must be interpreted by this. Otherwise, you must call John and Jesus a liar. Jesus repeatedly declared that the final judgment would take place regarding actions, not whether someone believed in His name. He even starts His ministry by prophesying against Christians who did not DO the will of His Father, but still called on His name.
13Enter through the gate that is narrow from obstacles, because molded is the gate and expansive and empty is the road leading off into the complete destruction and many are there who themselves are entering through it. 14What gate is narrow from obstacles and road has been so narrowed there is rubbing, leading off into the life and few are there who are finding it. 15But hold towards, from off of the false prophets, which some are coming forward to you in outer apparel as ones who walk forward with you as sheep, but from inside they are wolves seizing by plucking out. 16From off of their plucked fruit you will recognize them. No one is laying forth together from off of thorns a cluster of grapes, neither from off of briers figs. 17In this way, every good tree is making beautiful fruit, but the putrefied tree is making harmful fruit. 18A good tree is unable to make harmful fruit, but neither a putrefied tree to make beautiful fruit. 19Every tree not making beautiful fruit is being chopped out and into fire is being thrown. 20Without a doubt then, from off of their fruit you will recognize them. 21Not everyone saying to me, “Lord, Lord” will come in, into the Kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father, who is in heavens. 22Many will utter to me in that one day, “Lord, Lord! Do we not in Your name prophesy and in Your name throw out demons, who distribute fortunes, and in Your name do many amazing things?” 23And at that time I will assent to covenant to them that not even at any time do I know you. Go away off from me, you toilers of the lawlessness! [Matthew 7.13-22 TRW]
Now if Jesus denies you before His Father in heaven, do you think you are getting into eternal life? Of course not! So, then all of Paul must be interpreted by the Jesus’ and the full Apostles’ teachings. Otherwise we fall into the trap Peter said many men had already done even in his time with Paul’s writing.
14For which cause, beloved, the ones watching these things in advance, who become quickly stainless and blameless in Him, are found in peace. 15And you be led by the long, hard breathing of our LORD to safety. And just as much, our beloved brother Paul writes to you, according to the wisdom being given him. 16Which also in all these letters, he is asserting repeatedly in them about these things, in which is hard on the mind. Yet, any which ones without learning and without stable standing are wrenching these, likewise also with the remaining scriptures, towards their own destruction. [2 Peter 3.14-16 TRW]
Longsuffering for what purpose? That we might repent and stop sinning, being holy also as He is holy. This is Peter’s message when read in context. If you think that we cannot affect our righteousness and our holiness by our actions then Jesus was a liar and James was a liar and Peter was a liar and John was a liar. And why would you think all of these were liars? Because some men have deceived you about a few verses from Paul? Paul even contradicts these men’s interpretations of those few verses, as the Scriptures have shown in this article. These men keep you from obeying the truth of Christ and they excuse you to go on sinning in the same name of the One who died to free you from the bondage of sin and He freed you so that you CAN obey. Jesus said to two people in his ministry, “Go and sin no more!” So then if you think it is impossible, then you must confess that you believe Jesus was deceiving these two people to make them think they could stop sinning.
I don’t mean to be harsh, but this is a very bad illness in the Church, that denies our Lord Jesus Christ and the purpose of his death and resurrection.