Errors with "once saved always saved" teaching



Once you enter into a salvation experience with the Lord, can you still be lost?

There are numerous references in God's Word to believers (saved people, members of the church) being lost. Paul states that it was possible for him to still be a cast away (1 Corinthians 9:27). It is stated there will be believers who fall away because of temptation (Luke 8:13, 2 Peter 2:22) Specifically, we are told that a great falling away or apostasy in the Church is one of the signs of the end times (2 Thessalonians 2:3). Jesus Himself says those who do not stay committed to Him will be cast from His body (spewed out of His mouth), and that He can blot your name out of the Book of Life (Revelation 3:5).

How do you know those who are saved?

Jesus says you will know them by their fruit (not verbal confession, lip service or religious denomination).

The other consideration is free will, which is given by God. At any moment, while saved, we are able to choose the free gift of salvation or turn away from God. As Christ believers, we can choose not to serve Jesus Christ today, tomorrow or anytime of our choosing. We can become an atheists, murderers or homosexuals and live in sin for the rest of our days if our minds desire. We can and would lose our salvation, however, as lovers of Christ, there is no reason why this would ever happen without intervention or a falling away.

Some Christians would argue that if you "lose your salvation", that you were not truly saved in the first place. This argument is flawed because it assumes the "believers" intention is known to someone other than God, when in reality only God knows our heart and intentions.

If you are saved (once saved), your free will allows you to turn away from God and lose your salvation.