Once Saved Always Saved Is A Lie

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Does the Bible clearly say that one definitely pardoned or born again can be definitely lost or lose their pardon? 
 YES.  The Bible teaches that one "in Christ" can be later rejected and damned. 

  • ROMANS 11:17-22  "And if some of the branches (individual Christ rejecting Jews) be broken off, and thou (individual believing Gentile), being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them (Believing Jews - Church), and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.  Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.  Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:  For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.  Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off."  Consider that "graffed in" means you are "in Christ"; "in the covenant"; and this is done by God - this is reconciliation, regeneration, pardon, justification, etc.  This believing Gentile must continue humbly walking in the light, abiding in Christ, lest he be cut off by proudly presuming upon God's grace, rather than walking in the fear of the Lord.  This is not speaking of "national Israel" and "national Gentiles" as some contend.  Since when did God cut off every Jew or graffed in every Gentile?  This refers to "branches" (plural) that fell due to rejecting Christ, but could be received again by accepting Christ.  This refers to Gentiles who were accepted due to faith in Christ; but could again be rejected due to pride and not continuing in the grace of God. 

  • Matthew 18:35  "So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses."  If one considers carefully what happened here, you cannot miss the clear warning that pardon can be revoked. 

  • 2 Peter 2:20-21 "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them."  The obvious import is that "If they had not been entangled and overcome, they would have been saved".  Since they were entangled again and overcome, they are WORSE than if they hadn't heard.  They would have been saved, had they continued in obedience to Christ and overcome the world, flesh, and devil; but since they didn't, they are worse off than if they had never heard!! 

  • 1 Cor. 9:23-12 "And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall."  Paul's message is more than clear that in order to be partaker of the gospel salvation, we must continue in the fight and overcome, lest we be overcome.  They all started with the same thing, but not all finished the course. 

  • Hebrews 3:6-14  is another of many that say we must continue to be saved - It is not a warning to "make sure we really got it"; but a warning to "hold fast what we have".  If what we have is not the "real thing"; then to "hold it fast" is bad advice.  But if we must hold fast what we have to be "partakers of Christ" ultimately, then what we have can be lost.  This is stressed over and over in this book. 

  • 2 Timothy 2:12 Paul is writing to Timothy, saying, "If we deny him, he also will deny us" 

  • James 5:19 gives admonition that if a "brother" errs FROM the faith, and another brother converts him back, he has saved a soul from death. 

  • I John 2:24-25 are written to believers warning them to continue in the doctrine of Christ - saying, "Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning.  If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.  And this is the promise that he hath promised us (if we continue), even eternal life" 

  • John 15:1-10 is very clear to the unbiased mind 

  • Revelation 2 &3 :  Here we have Jesus speaking to believers and warning them to overcome, lest they be rejected.  

  • These are only a beginning of many passages that confirm what these state outright.  We will list a few more for your own study: II Chron. 15:2; I Chron. 28:9; Matt. 24:13; Luke 8:13; Romans 8:13; Luke 12:46; Gal. 6:7-9; I Peter 4:18-19; 2 Peter 1:9-11; Heb. 6:1-15; 10:26-29; 12:1-25; I Tim. 4:16; Romans 14:15 & I Cor. 8:11, etc. 

  • Don't be fooled by mans faulty doctrines. Hold fast to your faith till the end; just as God's Word teaches us to do for His glory.

    Here is a article with many more scriptures that refute calvinistic once saved always saved ideas: http://spiritandtruthdiscernment.blogspot.com/2014/03/can-christian-backslide.html

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