Q. At age 8 I asked Jesus to come into my heart and to save me. But as I grew up I had homosexual attractions. I gave into them for a brief time as an adult. I have repented to the best of my ability and have confessed this to the Lord asking Him to forgive me. I still struggle from time to time with thoughts and even turning to pornography from time to time. It is getting less frequent though. Do real Christians struggle with this? Does this mean I am not saved? I have struggled with doubts about my salvation because of this most of my life.
Q. My 20 year old niece who was saved and baptized in a Baptist church started dating a Mormon boy 2 months ago. Last week she announced she was becoming Mormon and was baptized Mormon. Does that mean she loses her salvation? Is that considered rejection of the Holy Spirit?
Q. Regarding the question and answer “OSAS And Being Forced To Recant”, does that apply to those who would accept the mark of the beast under duress?
Q. I was saved when I was 13 and baptized six months later. I attended church faithfully with my family for a few years after. When I was 16 my parents became disenchanted with the church and stopped attending, and since I didn’t have a car or any other way to get there, I had to stop going, too. I started going again when I was 19, then stopped again because my husband was not a church going man. I became enchanted with Wicca and even Satanism for a while, but I feel the Holy Spirit tugging at my heart, and I would love to start going back to church again.
Q. I heard of a Vietnamese man who has been forced to recant his new found faith in Christ; he has signed a document saying he recants, but will also be required to sacrifice to his ancestors in order to publicly prove he has recanted. Matthew 10: 33 says that if we deny Christ before men he will deny us before the father. Would you please comment on this terrible situation, and also what relationship Matt 10:33 has to OSAS, in your opinion.
Q. I discovered a site that offers articles on Conditional Salvation and The Two-Phase Atonement. They claim “Christ’s sacrifice on Calvary was but the first half of the process, with the second phase still in the future. The sacrifice has been made, they say, and the blood has been shed, but the final atonement has not yet been made.
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?
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?
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.
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.