A. First of all, know that “once saved, always saved,” is not written in the Bible and with good reason. After being saved, those who “do not believe” will be destroyed (Jude 1:5, 2 Thessalonians 2:12). The condition for eternal life is belief and not whether or not you said a sinner’s prayer. The goal of our faith is the salvation of our souls (1 Peter 1:9). Read the following verses and notice that a brother can indeed commit sins that will bring about his death, but if he turns his soul will be saved.
1 John 5:16-17
16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. NKJV
This is the very reason why I am in the soul saving business. There are millions of well-meaning Christians who have been deceived. For a list of sins that lead to death and “keep a brother out of the Kingdom of God read Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-7, and 1 Corinthians 6:9, and watch the video series “Sin that leads to death.”
Now read the following verses which show that shrinking back from living by faith is what brings about the destruction of the soul, but those who believe save the soul.
36 For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: 37 "For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. 38 Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him."39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. NKJV
Here again we see that the person who does not continue to live by faith will not make it to the saving of the soul. Some might say that if this is true then salvation is not a gift. First of all know that every Word of God is true point, blank, period. You just may not be able to see it with your level of understanding. Twenty years in college doesn’t guarantee any understanding at all, but obedience does (Psalm 111:10, 119:97-105).
Second, we were given the faith to come to the Lord or to accept the Lord (John 6:44, Romans 12:3, Ephesians 2:8). We were saved by grace, but it is only through faith (Romans 5:1-2). No faith, no salvation of the soul (1 Peter 1:9, Hebrews 10:36-39). No faith, no protection by God’s power unto salvation (1 Peter 1:5). No faith, no access to grace (Romans 5:1-2). We were warned to continue in our faith in Colossians 1:21-23, but no one gave heed to the verses.
Actually, I believe the “once saved, always saved” doctrine is a part of the strong delusion sent by God to condemn those who do not believe the truth, but notice in the passage below who is “chosen for salvation,” and how they will be saved.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-15
9 The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, 10 and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, 12 that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, 14 to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle. NKJV
Any time you believe something that isn't even in your Bible, and the person who is teaching it can't just turn to a verse that isn't a part of the Laws of Moses and simply read it, then you should know that is it philosophy teaching (Colossians 2:8).