Why do some 'Christians' hate the truth of Once Saved Always Saved? Maybe it's because it strips them of all self-effort as far as getting to heaven is concerned! Pride is a terrible thing. We are saved by JESUS only! Some people just want to be able to say, "I made it by my obedience!". It's much better and true to say, "I made it by HIS obedience!"
For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ABOVE VERSE DOES NOT SAY that Christians are justified by their obedience, holiness, lack of backsliding, tithing, Bible reading, church attendance, care of the poor and destitute, evangelism, prayer life etc! IT SAYS WE ARE JUSTIFIED BY HIS BLOOD!
This glorious truth strips us of EVERY amount of self-effort ENTIRELY! PRAISE THE LORD FOR THAT! OUR JUSTIFICATION IS ETERNAL .... and it's all because of JESUS!
If you are saved you know that you are 100% of the time, in actual fact! No amount of heretical works-based loss of salvation teachings can change the truth of Romans 8:16. Don't let the devil attack your mind through false teachers!
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
BEWARE of false teachers who love to intimidate Christians by telling them they can lose their salvation! They believe in salvation by works and have perverted the gospel of Christ.
6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:
7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.
Galatians 1: 6-8
What does a person have to DO to qualify for hell? John 3:18 gives us the answer: absolutely NOTHING! It's automatic qualification! Jesus is the antidote!
He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
The thief on the cross prayed a 'Sinner's Prayer' - he called upon the name of the Lord! He confessed Jesus as Lord in repentance and faith!
The so-called 'Sinner's Prayer' is simply the cry of the repentant sinner to Christ to save him as he confesses Jesus as Lord. It's Biblical, simple to do .... and the devil hates it! That's why he attacks it so much! What a LOSER!
And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom....
If a preacher YOU follow or hear on TV just tells people they just have to BELIEVE in Jesus to be saved and never preaches repentance, he is preaching a FALSE message and will end up with a church full of false 'Christians'. So many quote Acts 16:31 but they don't understand that repentance is an assumption in Acts 16:31 and verses like that, as it has been commanded by God and is ESSENTIAL for salvation. Conversion is the work of God and is failsafe. God cannot save anyone unless he has brought that person to true repentance. Repentance in the context of salvation means changing your mind about SIN and turning in your heart at that moment from sin to God. IT DOES NOT MEAN DECIDING TO BELIEVE IN JESUS WHEN YOU DIDN'T BELIEVE IN HIM BEFORE - that is faith!
46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
Do YOU have a passion for souls to be saved by Jesus? When I walk down a street I see people with eternal souls walking down the broad way which leads to destruction. These souls are precious to God. They have the highest worth. The highest price was paid to redeem them: the precious blood of Christ.
I am so thankful to the Lord for all he has done in my life since the day I was saved by him in London. So many people have testified that they have found peace with God through hearing the gospel of Christ preached in missions and crusades we have undertaken and through personal evangelism and my team members and I give God all the glory. It's an amazing privilege to be used by God to help people to come to Jesus. I pray that anyone reading this may have the joy of leading others to Christ too.
Conversion is the work of God and is failsafe! The Bible says however ' ... how shall they hear without a preacher?' Let's do all we can to tell others the glorious gospel of Christ. Souls are precious and God wants to save them!
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9
I once asked a solicitor I was chatting to on a tube train in London what he thought was the most valuable thing he possessed. He thought about the question and then replied that his family was. Even though it was a nice answer, I told him that his own eternal soul was actually the most valuable thing he possessed! He had been thinking about his family in temporal terms but during that brief conversation he realised that eternity lay ahead for both him and his family as I told him of Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Before he got off the train he said, " I shall never forget you and what you told me!" As he walked onto the platform I prayed that this man and his family would all be saved.
Jesus compared our eternal soul to the whole world! Even if we gained the whole world and lost our soul it would be a bad bargain! The highest price was paid to redeem us - the precious blood of Christ. Reader, have YOU been saved by Jesus yet?
For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
Only ' ...the nations of them which are saved ...' shall walk in the future and eternal new Jerusalem NOT 'the nations' as Universalists teach!!!!! Does the book YOU read teach Universalism????
Accept no substitutes!
Evangelist Alex Bowler