If We’re Already Saved Forever, Why Bother Being Good?

Q. According to many of your comments about Eternal Security, nothing can cause us to become ‘unsaved’.  What then, is the point of a Christian offering himself as a living sacrifice to God (Romans 12) and living a life worthy of the Gospel of Christ (Phil.1)? We all might as well accept Jesus as Lord and Savior then carry on living exactly as we were before.

Please don’t get me wrong, I believe totally in the gift of salvation and know there is nothing I could ever do that would be worthy enough to earn it. The gratitude I feel to the Lord for dying for me cannot be put into words. But what about those who don’t put their faith into action and continually live as the world would live, refusing to take responsibility for their actions and avoiding repentance. On a personal level I have sacrificed what my flesh has wanted in favor of what God would have me do. Are you saying I needn’t have bothered?

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Dishonoring My Pastor?

Q.  I am a believer in church age OSAS, it is just that I had a conflict at my old church and my pastor told me to “stop trying to prove once saved always saved” (since it was dividing the church up) and just live for Jesus. At the time, I put up an article about it and tagged many of my friends in it, something I regret doing so I understand where he is coming from.  After that I just stopped talking about it and continued to believe in it, but I feel like I am disobeying my pastor by believing in it. I love God and I want to do what he says, but I do not want to dishonor my pastor. What do I do?

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Understanding John 6:37-40

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:37-40)

Some interpret this passage to mean the Father gave us to the Son as a gift. People who say this are usually trying to support the idea that it is God who chooses which of us will be saved and then He gives those He’s chosen to His Son. But is that really what Jesus was saying? Let’s find out.

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OSAS And John 5:1-15

Q.  In John chapter 5 after Jesus healed the man with the infirmity, he said “…: sin no more…”.  I believe in OSAS, but I have a friend that takes this to mean if you continue to sin after being saved you can lose your salvation. You have to live a holy life to keep your salvation, which I do not believe. But, what exactly did Jesus mean when he said “Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee”, because sinning no more is just not humanly possible. Please explain.

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More On OSAS And 1 Cor. 6:9-10

Q.  I have problems with OSAS, because I believe that if a person chooses to live in deliberate sin, he has to repent of it before he can be raptured.  For example, our daughter, who we believe was saved–she’d loved Jesus since age 3-4, was baptized by immersion-at her own request- at 8, wanted to be a missionary, going on 3 short-term mission trips–has become a liberal in every sense, is committed to a long-term lesbian relationship, considering herself married. We love her, of course, but have difficulty in believing she will go with us in the rapture of the church based on our understanding of 1 Cor. 6:9-10, which says in part that homosexuals cannot inherit the kingdom of God.  Wouldn’t our daughter need a time of purification– with repentance– before she could inherit the Kingdom?

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OSAS And 1 Tim. 4:16

Q.  Could you please explain the significance of 1 Tim  4:16, to OSAS?  In this verse, it seems Paul is speaking to those in ministry, and it does appear he is saying that they must make certain they keep their own salvation as well as that of those they are  teaching by what they are teaching.  It would seem from what is being said in previous verses  that these leaders are saved, but could be in danger of losing it  (salvation) through wrong teaching, as well as their recipients not receiving it. If anyone can give a clear understanding and clarity to this, I believe  you can.

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Who Does The Father Draw?

Q. John 6:44 says,  “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.” Are there people who are eternally lost because the Father has not drawn them to himself?

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OSAS And The Full Number

Q.  Until just yesterday, I struggled with believing we could not lose, nor walk away from, our salvation.  I was sitting at work and it dawned on me that we have a number that has to be fulfilled prior to the rapture.  If OSAS isn’t true, that number could never possibly be hit as I see more and more people walking away from true Christianity due to apostate churches.  Am I in-line in my thoughts?  I know other countries are having success with evangelizing, but in our own nation, the numbers would be dwindling rapidly, possibly enough to balance out new people coming to Christ, making the number incredibly difficult to achieve.  I feel like this may be the “proof” I needed of OSAS.  Thoughts?

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