A 3rd View of Hebrews 6?

Q. I wonder if you have ever run across any teaching on eternal security that takes what’s called a “3rd view”, as distinct from both loss of salvation and OSAS. Continue reading…

Confused About Apostasy

Q. I’m confused about apostasy. In the book of Timothy and other places, it speaks of those who depart from the faith and fall away. Are these real believers who fall and lose their salvation? Or are they people who only professed to believe with their intellect didn’t really believe in their heart? I believe those truly saved will not fall or be lost again by departing from the faith, but these passages sure sound as if believers actually depart from believing the truth. I thought I knew the answer, now I’m not so sure.  Thanks for your faithfulness. Continue reading…

Interpreting James 5:19-20

Q. I have a question about James 5:19,20. I have just recently been confronted again by some dear relatives who have the strange idea that I no longer belong to God and they think it is their duty to restore me. When I mentioned Eternal Security they said I couldn’t prove it, so I gave them one of your articles and sent them away to study it. Continue reading…

Spitting In God’s Face

Q. Based on your web site I have come to the belief that you can not lose your salvation, however, I have a question I would like an answer to.  I have a friend that, once-upon-a-time believed the Bible and its teachings.  It has been recently that she has begun soul searching and has been thinking about converting to another religion (which has yet to be determined).  My question is “if she was saved once but then changes her mind and converts to another religion that may not even believe in God or Jesus, will she still keep her salvation?”  Continue reading…

Sanctification

Q. My question is about sanctification.  I have family members that can point to a time in their lives (30 years ago) when they accepted Christ as their personal savior, but they show no ‘spiritual fruit’ at all .  They do not live as Christians in any sense of the word.  I know that the bible basically says ”once saved always saved”, but if there is no spiritaul growth & no desire for God or His word, meaning they are not being sanctified, is it possible that the conversion was not genuine?  I’m confused about this. Does this mean that they are still saved, but it will affect their rewards once in Heaven? Continue reading…

Is There Grace For Men Like Me?

Q. I understand from you’re e-site that you are of the OSAS opinion/belief.  I am not sure a bit confused on this issue but I do hope that perhaps it may be the case, it does give some hope for the likes me.

Given that I am a former minister and during my time as a minister hit my wife on more than occasion and leaving ministry because of this, falling into drug use, adultery, alcoholism and defaming Christ using the most filthy language and curses; I hope most earnestly that there is grace even for men of my kind, with or without OSAS. Continue reading…

Can A Person Walk Away From God?

Q. I am going through the book of Mark on your web site. You say in chapter 3 that anyone who is a believer can never blaspheme the Holy Spirit. I understand that but, What if  that person decides in his heart that he no longer is a believer and turns away and becomes a agnostic or atheist. Is he ever able to turn back to Christ? Continue reading…

Doubting My Salvation

Q. I asked Christ to come into my life over 33 years ago and for the first 30 years I never doubted that I was His. Now that it appears we may be nearing the time of the end, I’ve been fearful that I’m not saved for some reason. I’ve always been a believer in once saved, always saved, so why am I having these fears and doubts? Is it the enemy messing with me or could it be that I’ve not spent regular time with the Lord in recent years or what? I know we can’t rely on feelings, but it’s very unsettling to doubt my salvation after so many years of feeling totally secure.  Continue reading…

Am I Still Saved?

Q. I lived a life of terrible sin for years.  When I turned to the Lord Jesus I confessed my sins in general but couldn’t remember all the sins I committed throughout my life.  I now confess my sins in general occasionally ( I forget to pray many days) but don’t remember specific sins (like having lustfull thoughts).  Am I still saved? Continue reading…

Hebrews 6, Follow Up

Q. I really enjoyed this article – but I have a question I did not see addressed.  What is your opinion on backsliders?  I have several adult children who professed faith in Christ as children and now are not walking with the Lord.  Obviously this causes me distress and I pray for them constantly.  Are they still saved even though they have walked away and are living a sinful lifestyle? Continue reading…