Once Saved Always Saved?

The Bible’s definition of being “saved” is much different than the common belief. So let me rephrase this question to, “Can someone who has truly repented and whose name is now written in the book of life turn away and have his name blotted out of the book of life?”

Exodus 32:31-33
And Moses returned unto the LORD, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold.
Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Moses is considered by many to be the greatest prophet. God spoke to Moses “face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.”(Exodus 33:11). Either Moses knew that his name could be blotted out of God’s book, or he was making empty threats.

Revelation 22:19
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Psalm 69:28
Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Revelation 3:5
He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

These verses imply that people can be blotted out of the book of life. You must “overcome” to be sure your name is not blotted out. Get a piece of paper and an eraser. Is it possible to “blot out” your name from that piece of paper if your name is not even on there? No. To blot a name out of a book, the name must be already written in that book.

Ezekiel 18:24-26
But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.
Yet ye say, The way of the LORD is not equal. Hear now, O house of Israel; Is not my way equal? are not your ways unequal?
When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

The above verses show that when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness, he will die in his sins.

Here are other verses that show that one can turn away from God after he had turned to God.

Ezekiel 33:12-13
Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.
When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

Ezekiel 33:18-19
When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby.

Matthew 10:22
He who stands firm to the end will be saved.

I know many so called "born again" people that are not "standing firm". Is Jesus making empty threats here?

Jesus spoke this message clearly to his disciples.

Luke 8:4-15
And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.
And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?
And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

John 8:31
If you hold to my teaching, you are really My disciples.

Hebrews 10:26
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

Here are a few verses that the “Once Saved Always Saved” people use:

John 6:37-40
All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

People use “and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.” out of context. This is talking about at the resurrection when we inherit the Kingdom.

Mark 13:22
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform signs and miracles to deceive the elect-- if that were possible.

This could go 3 ways....it could imply that it is impossible for the elect to be deceived, or it could imply that God will come back before all the elect are deceived or it could imply that some people (some of the elect) trust in the scriptures and in Yahweh so much that it is impossible for some of them to be deceived.

John 10:28-29
I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand.

The above verses are talking of the resurrection. Notice that this verse says, "they shall never perish". This means you will never die! Do you know of a 'saved' person that has died? This is why this statement does not make sense unless you are aware that He is referring to the resurrection. When one asks me, "do you believe in 'once saved always save'" or "do you believe in 'eternal security'". I have to first ask them to define what they mean. I do actually believe in "once saved always saved" and "eternal security". In the resurrection (when you are 'saved' and 'born again') you will have eternal life, and will never perish and no one can snatch you out of the Messiah's hand. (See: The Scriptural Definition of "Born Again")

The "Once Saved Always Saved" doctrine is actually a hindrance to one's walk with God. How many people do you think would continue in adultery or fornication if they thought it could jeopardized their salvation? Sure, some would, but I am sure that some wouldn't.

I knew a preacher one time that believed in this doctrine of eternal security. He thought there was nothing he could do to jeopardize his place in the Kingdom of God. This same preacher ended up committing suicide a couple of years later, leaving a wife behind. I am not saying this person or any other person that kills themselves will not enter the Kingdom of God (God will be their Judge), but I do have to question if this person would have still done the same if he had any question that this action could cost his salvation.

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