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.

I am now 32 years old and wonder was this enough to save me.  Continue reading…

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…