What Does Hebrews 10:38 Say?

Q. Re: Hebrews 10:38-39.  “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul”.  God warns that those who renounce their confession of the Lord Jesus draw back into perdition.  His true believers must stand firm, hold steadfast and believe until the very end.

I read this interpretation of Hebrews 10:38  on another website. Do you agree with it?

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The Book Of Life

Q. I have a question regarding Revelation 3:5 and the Book of Life. My pastor recently preached this verse to say that all the names of every human being who ever lived has their name written in the Book of Life, then if they die without faith in Christ, their name is blotted out. However, when I look at this verse it speaks of not blotting out names. I have always understood that the Book of Life has only ever contained the names of the elect, and that this verse assures us that we cannot lose our salvation: if we have repented of our sin and accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, then we can never lose the promise of our eternity with Christ, we can never be blotted out of the Book. Can you please clarify this for me?

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OSAS And Satan’s Fall

Q. I still have a question regarding Satan.  If he was in heaven he must have believed in God.  He was a guard of God’s throne.  He must have at one time loved God.  He let the sin of pride creep into him.  Isn’t this an early and  prime example of how one could lose his or her salvation by turning against God and letting sin take over in one’s life.  If you follow the OSAS theology you would have to say that Satan was not really saved or believed in God to begin with.  The bible is very clear that Satan will be thrown into the lake of fire.

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Questioning Eternal Security

Q. I see this is one of your top ten topics.  Without even using the book of Hebrews-which you expounded on well-I see other passages from the Holy Bible which make me question your doctrine.
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OSAS And 1 Cor. 6:9-10

Q. Your website and the answers have been a blessing.  I do have 1 question.

“1Co 6:9  Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
1Co 6:10  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. “

That verse says that I shall not inherit the kingdom of God if I do any of those things.  What happens to OSAS if I steal something and die before I confess?

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Ministering To the Back Slidden

Q. Do you know of any ministry, particularly on the web, that deals specifically with those who were once saved but are now unfaithful?

I follow a variety of ministers in America, but I don’t see anyone in particular who is actively pursuing the present day backslidden.  I think that specific kind of ministry is desperately needed. And while I know there is supposed to be a great falling away, and apostasy, still…there is gleaning that can be done in fields post the general harvest, and even burnt-over fields can and do experience regrowth.  Please do not take this question as a criticism — you clearly have a true servants heart, and I am so very grateful for your web ministry.

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Can We Quit Believing?

Q. Some say  that every time the word believe is used in Scripture it means to continuously believe.   They take this to mean if you quit believing, you are not continuously believing, and that one day you will no longer be saved.  Can a true Christian really quit believing? I could see that in a human sense something MIGHT happen to make someone quit believing Christ and yet in my very heart I just don’t see how someone who really believes would ever quit.

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Who Keeps The Sheep?

Q. Last Sunday our pastor was preaching on Psalm 23 and part of his message hit me as another answer to the OSAS issue that seems to always be a source of questions to your “Ask A Bible Teacher”. He said that when the Psalm refers to the security of a sheep in the Shepherd’s care “for  His name’s sake”, it is referring to the fact that if a shepherd could not keep his sheep secure he was seen as incompetent. The sheep were by nature unable to care for themselves and by nature wandered into trouble, but it was the shepherd who would be seen as being at fault if one was lost. Continue reading…

Am I Really Saved?

Q. I was about 12 years old when I was saved.  I remember knowing I was lost and needed to be saved.  I thought my heart was going to beat out of my chest.  I went to the altar and the pastor asked did I want Jesus to come into my heart and I said yes.  I was sincere about this.  I know that I confessed that I believed  that Jesus died on the cross for me and was raised from the dead.

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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…