Thursday, March 2, 2017

Jesus Never Taught "Once Saved, Always Saved"!

  • Let us examine some of the Scripture passages where Jesus Christ describes the nature of our salvation and the importance of our state of heart in regards to what God will do if a person does not get forgiven by Him. In this study, it will become abundantly clear that we must examine our consciences to see if they are in perfect agreement with the will of God. He is the ultimate standard by which we should measure the morality of every thought, word, or deed.
  • The Parable Of The Sower (As Recorded In Luke 8:8-13):
             -" But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold. When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”Then His disciples asked Him, saying, “What does this parable mean?” 10 And He said, “To you it has been given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is given in parables, that ‘Seeing they may not see, And hearing they may not understand.’ 11 “Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God12 Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved13 But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away." (Luke 8:8-13)

  • Comments On Luke 8:8-13:
             -The central meaning of the context to the Parable of The Sower is clearly about spiritual conversion and how those new converts respond to the received message of the Gospel. In verse thirteen, Jesus Christ Himself plainly stated that a number of genuine Christians will certainly fall away from the faith and thus perish! Furthermore, they accepted, internalized, and embraced the message of salvation with JOY, which means that they truly worshiped God once upon a time. So attempting to argue that the metaphorical reference to "seeds" does not translate into once saved Christians is simply invalid.
  • The Parable Of The Lost Son: 
              -"11 Then He said: A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. 25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ 28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’” (Luke 15:11-32)
  • Comments On Luke 15:11-32:
          -The context of the Parable of The Lost Son is about the differences in the strengths of spiritual health from one person to another, our overall relationship with God, how followers of God can indeed fall away because of sin, true repentance from the evil ways of this world, and how God rejoices over people turning back to Him. Notice how one of the "sons" did "fall away" and was "found again", according to the father figure of the parable. In other words, this passage is as clear as if it said,"Christians can fall away because of sin and can re-enter the kingdom of God because they obtained God's forgiveness through His Son Jesus Christ by faith."
  • The "Vine" And The "Branches" Argument:
           -"You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples." (John 15:3-8)
  • Comments On John 15:3-8:
           -Without the sovereign Lord God, we are incapable of accomplishing anything in life. He is all that we have and all that we need. If we abide in the will and light of His Son Jesus Christ, then our interior desires will place a much higher emphasis on mediating on the commandments of God and acting on them. We would therefore be considered disciples of Christ. But if we choose not to serve God, then we will be "cast out" into the eternal flames of hell. We can cease being children of God, if we choose not to believe in the One whom He has sent. 
  • Endure Until The End...:
               -Our Lord Jesus Christ emphatically said,"But he who endures to the end shall be saved" (Matthew 24:13). This statement implies that mankind has been given the freewill to make the decision of serving God. We "endure to the end" by choosing to pick up our crosses through FAITH in His Son Jesus. Those who do not "endure to the end" are the ones who simply chose not to go to heaven.    

Romans 11:16-25 Refutes Eternal Security!

  • "If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive treedo not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports youThen you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you. Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God's kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off. And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again. For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in." (Romans 11:16-25)
  • Comments:
            -In this passage, the Apostle Paul is clearly telling the Christians of Rome to remain faithful to the will of the Lord because if they refuse to act according to His principles of holiness, they will be severed from the root of salvation, Jesus Christ. The correct understanding of our relationship with Him is not that He is upheld by us for salvation, but rather, that He is the spiritual stone that holds us up from eternal separation from God in the heavenly sanctuary. He is the Author of our life and escape route from hell. He is infinitely superior to us because He is our Lord. We will have to answer to Him on judgment day. The Church of Rome was a branch that was attached to the root, which is Jesus Christ. Others were cut off from Him because of their unbelief. In other words, they fell away from Christianity. Romans 11:16-25 plainly tells us that God will sever us "branches" off from the "Root of Salvation", if we choose to no longer obey Him. Furthermore, we learn from this Scriptural text that God is able to redeem people who once fell away from the faith. In a nutshell, we are told that Christians can stop being followers of the divine King and get saved again. This is true because God has the infinite ability and authority to order things according to His own designated purpose. Therefore, we should not become prideful of our salvation or over-esteem our wisdom because of our faith in Jesus Christ. These things are not our own because they were originally created by God.