Churches argue over “the eternal security of a believer”, some say that the “once saved, always saved” idea cannot possibly be right, that if a person leaves the church and does “worse sins” than before they were even “saved”, then they automatically forfeit their “salvation”…. they say if the “once saved, always saved” idea was correct then it would mean that people could come and get “saved” and then do as they like (presumably enjoyng their sinful life) and still get to “heaven”…. they like to use Ezekiel 18:24 and Ezekiel 33:10-20 to prove that if you do not keep up your “salvation” by a continuous “holy walk” then you will be damned just like everybody else.
BUT ALL THIS FLAWED REASONING… and it is a case of not comparing Scripture with Scripture to see what the true meaning of the passages could be.
First, the reasoning is flawed because it is a “MAN CENTERED” idea…. it makes “salvation” nothing more than an “act of the human will and/or emotions”…. tonight we hear a good preacher and get convinced to go up to the alter and “accept Jesus”….. but maybe tomorrow, you decide it was all a “bad idea” and carry on with your sinful life.
But Jesus said “…no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father” (John 6:65)…. to be TRULY saved is more than sweet music, convincing preaching and lots of emotion as the preacher MAN tugs at your “heart-strings”… so let’s face it, lots of those people swarming to the alter to make “Jesus Lord and Saviour” are NOT TRULY SAVED… it’s easy for them to go back “into the world” because they were never saved in the first place.
But then what about the passages in Ezekiel ? … and how then can a person KNOW if they are truly saved or not…. maybe it was all fake ?
First the passages in Ezekiel may refer to “ceremonial religion”…. the word “righteous” is used in this context in Matthew 5:20… and secondly, the punishment may refer only to physical death rather than eternal death…. IN ANY CASE, John 10:28, Romans 8:38-39 and Phillippians 1:6 CLEARLY indicate that if a person is REALLY saved then the condition CANNOT be altered by anything that they do (although they will not escape punishment for their willfull sins, yet they will not be dis-inherited… and this is the case with Israel also…. “for the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” Romans 11:29… God does not save a person one minute and then un-save them the next… and futhermore, salvation is NOT given because of anything that we have done or not done… it is a GIFT of GOD, totally without any merit on our part)
So now…. HOW can a person know if they are TRULY saved ?… they will eventually know…. because GOD will REVEAL this to them…. we are not saved by any act of man (there is no formula…. such as get up and go to the alter… repeat some words after me)…. the salvation is NOT a work of the “flesh” although many, many “megachurches” do a lot of “saving”…. IN THE FLESH…. ? … so how can we know if it’s “of the flesh” or “of the Spirit” ? …. SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT…..”The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God” (Romans 8:16) “… as many as are led by the Spirit of GOD, these are sons of God” (Romans 8:14)
FAITH and OBEDIENCE…. you cannot get away from this…. “TRUST and OBEY for there is NO OTHER WAY to be happy in JESUS but to TRUST and OBEY” (John H. Sammis)
People… you cannot reason this out with LOGIC…. nor can you sort it out with RITUAL… GOD’s calling on our lives is bound up in His FOREKNOWLEDGE of our future and this is beyond our comprehension…. OUR only DUTY as humans is to TRUST and OBEY…. we do not know our future, but GOD does…. when we fall on our face before HIM, HE KNOWS EVERYTHING about us….. it is easy to fool people… and it is also possible to fool ourselves…. but it is IMPOSSIBLE to fool GOD…. TRUE salvation ? ? …. GOD knows whether you are saved or not… and if you are, you will eventually know it too, because He will reveal it to you as you study Scripture and seek Him in prayer…. if you are not saved, well you could spend your entire lifetime believing, reading Scripture and praying THINKING that you are saved without realizing your serious need, just a victim of delusion and a tool of the devil…… the certain KNOWLEDGE of your salvation DOES NOT COME from anything you do or do not do….. God gives this revelation IN YOUR SPIRIT and you just KNOW IT (but the devil even has a counterfeit for this too… the difference is in the life and the fruit…. the tares may look like the wheat BUT THEY ARE NOT WHEAT ) even when you face your final judgment with SHOCK at discovering your error (if you do not discover it before that time)…. you will still be reminded of those times when you FELT that “all was not well with your soul” and yet you CHOSE to “ignore it”….. the promptings of GOD are gentle and easily dismissed…. UNLIKE the promptings of the devil which are “quite clear” and “loud”…. did you know that there are pastors of various churches being led by demon spirit, thinking they have the Spitit of GOD ???
You are to LOVE and SERVE GOD with your WHOLE being…. this includes spirit, soul and body…. therefore you cannot IGNORE one part for the other… ALL must be involved….. therefore the Spirit of God will never lead your human spirit contrary to His word the BIBLE… even though you are to be led by your spirit…. you are still expected to TEST such leading against the TRUTH of HIS WORD…. and it is in this way that you AVOID being led by evil spirits…. it is in this way that you avoid SPIRITUAL DECEPTION.
God KEEPS His children from the evil one…. Jesus, the Great Shepherd, will not allow deception to continue IF you are TRULY SAVED…. a CHOSEN ONE of His flock.
THE BIBLE has within it’s pages the KEY to SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT…. the Bible is not just a book to be discussed by scholars… it is not a book with “errors”… and it is NOT just a book “written by man”….. the BIBLE contains GOD’s REVELATION of HIMSELF to the human race….. it has SPIRITUAL POWER…. and it is the link between this world and the next.
My friend…. GOD is PERFECTION in every way….. LOVE , MERCY, HOLINESS, RIGHTEOUSNESS, JUSTICE and JUDGEMENT……. any “goodness”, “fairness” or “love” that we think we have…. or that we may recognize in other people…. is merely a shadow that He put in us of HIS OWN SELF….. this is why human PRIDE is so abhorrent to GOD.
People (even Christian people) treat GOD with so much MISTRUST… it started with Eve, when Satan got her to DOUBT GOD’s INTENTIONS…… there is NO GOODNESS apart from GOD…… and that is why “..no flesh should glory in HIS presence” (1 Corinthians 1:29)