Q. I have a question regarding OSAS. Where do the scriptures regarding “faith without works are dead” and “you say you believe, the devil believes also and trembles” come in? To me they are saying that only belief is required for the initial act of receiving salvation, but after having received salvation there are expectations that must be met in order to maintain it. In other words you can’t just say I believe and let it go at that. I’m just trying to piece all this together and get a correct understanding.Your assistance is very much appreciated.
Q. If, on the cross, Jesus paid our sin debt past, present and future, then everyone in the world is already saved, because all sins by everyone now alive were future sins when Jesus died. Why are so many preachers who teach this doctrine still trying to get people saved? It seems that most of them are talking out of both sides of their mouth. The truth remains that provision for forgiveness of sin was accomplished on the cross. I don’t get it.
Q. As a younger man I prayed to Jesus to save me but then things got sort of sinful for me for a good long time. I always wondered about that little voice that was making me feel bad about doing bad things. I rarely felt like I had a good time afterwards though I had enjoyed myself at the time. I always felt like I had done wrong. I had been away from the Lord a long time before I finally went back just a few years ago. Is it possible I had been saved as a younger man and this was Him calling me back through all those years?
Q. I have always thought of myself as a Christian but finally gave my life to Jesus in July this year. I lost my Dad in June and what hurt me most was not the fact that he died suddenly, but not being sure if his soul is in a comfortable place waiting for resurrection. It then occured to me that He attended a revival years ago and got saved. He later walked away from this path, got into deep depression, drank a lot and even considered suicide. 3 weeks before his death, he told my sister that if God does not take him away from this world soon, he would throw himself in a river. He died suddenly of a blood clot in the heart. To cut a long story short, I would like to know if by being saved years ago, he was still saved when he died. He believed and loved God.
Q. I have been converted to OSAS by your ministry. However, I must disagree with your use of the parable of the prodigal as proof of the OSAS doctrine. That is the story of the licentious son and the legalistic son, neither had a relationship with their father, as one was in a far country and the other was in a far field. The only way a person can be saved is through repentance and before the prodigal repents, he is merely a lost youth trying to find fulfillment in life.
Q. I hope you can help me settle something once and for all. I firmly believe in eternal security, but someone I know insists we can lose our salvation. She says the Bible does not say eternal “security” but says eternal “life”. I have given her plenty of evidence from God’s word and still she falls back on this. Eternal life and eternal security are the same to me. She’s looking for the specific word, “security”. How can I answer this particular point ?
Q. If one has professed of being born again but in time has gone back to the ways of the world (one’s sinful deeds), continues on in such behavior even when one knows that it is wrong, never asks forgiveness and then passes away before repenting. Where would one go? Will the person be accepted in the Kingdom of GOD, but have a minor role in GOD’s Kingdom? Or will the person be identified as one who never really accepted CHRIST as ones’ Personal SAVIOR and thus be delegated one’s portion with the wicked? I hope I made sense in my question and hope by GOD’s favor you will be able to enlighten me.
Q. If someone believes that they can lose their salvation because of their behavior, are they saved? Though they claim the name of Christ and say they believe he is their Savior, their salvation is not really based on Jesus at all but on themselves. Aren’t they are the ultimate savior of their souls and not Jesus? And though they say that Jesus died for their sins, wouldn’t believing that you can lose your salvation because of something you did or did not do really be saying that because of sin you can go to hell? Thank you for any light you can shed on this. You are greatly appreciated.
Q. I have asked The Lord everyday to come into my heart and forgive me me of all my sins, but I’m a drunk. I cry out and ask for his forgiveness as my guilt has a tight grip on me but can’t stop drinking. I let him down all the time I am so scared that He will leave me like this. Jesus help me please.
Q. In your response entitled OSAS and Galatians 5:19-21 you state that “people who live like this are giving evidence that they are not saved and therefore won’t inherit the Kingdom.” I received Christ as my Savior trusting his death and resurrection to pay the penalty for my sins before I went to college. But once I went to college I began drinking excessively and partying. I would try to compartmentalize my behavior and live a” Christian” life except for my drinking, but that as you know that is impossible. My question is then, since my life was “characterized” by this behavior and this was occurring nearly every weekend where do I stand as far as Galatians and your comment about it? I have confessed my sin since I left college. It took awhile to break free from excessive drinking but I have recommitted myself to Christ since then, however sometimes I still have doubts about my forgiveness and my standing before the Lord.