There have been a constant and an unending debate about the doctrine of once saved, always saved (OSAS), which suggests that a believer receives the seal of Eternity instantaneously, when he/she accepts Jesus Christ, and that such a believer remains Eternally bound, irrespective of his/her state. This doctrine affirms that a believer has no role in the salvation process, thereby placing him/her in the position of an auto pilot, cruising the plane of his/her life to Heaven.
However, taking a critical look at the Holy Bible, you would discover holes and cracks that makes the doctrine of OSAS not sustainable, and a clear violation of the Word of God.
In this series, I would be unravelling the shaky foundation of the OSAS gospel, in a bit to enlighten many believers, who are at risk of going to hell as a result of this dangerous doctrine.
THE INCONSISTENCIES OF OSAS:
1. Salvation is Eternal, but a believer has no role to play.
On the contrary, Salvation is Eternal, and every believer has a role to play (Mathew 7:21, John 3:16, John 3:36, Romans 6:23).
There is a clear difference and demarcation, between the provision of Salvation by God, and the compliance of a believer to this provision ( John 5:24, 2 Timothy 1:9). The provision of salvation by God, through Jesus Christ, gives a believer the assurance of Eternal life, while the compliance of a believer to this provision, guarantees that believer, Eternity (John 3:36, Galatians 6:7-8).
Inorder words, God is saying to a believer, you must surely have Eternal life, but you have to fulfil its requirements to have it (Mathew 7:21, John 3:16). Moreover, if you are an ardent bible scholar, your attention would be drawn to the fact that, walking with God places demands or responsibilities on those who walk with Him (Mathew 16:24, 1 Corinthians 15:58). This is consistent throughout scriptures, from Genesis to Revelations. However, a gospel without demands or responsibilities, is a useless gospel and an irresponsible gospel (Luke 14:26). A gospel without a Cross, is a fairy tale gospel (Mathew 16:24).
“A gospel without demands or responsibilities, is a useless gospel and an irresponsible gospel. A gospel without a cross, is a fairy tale gospel”
WHAT IS THE PROVISION FOR ETERNITY, AND WHAT IS A BELIEVER’S ROLE
The provision for Eternity is simply put as, believe in Jesus Christ, and you will have Eternal life (John 3:16, John 5:24). Then, what is the responsibility of the believer, in complying with this provision. It is simple, and same with the provision of God for Eternity, which says, believe in Jesus Christ, and you will have Eternal life. Now, this is the rod that breaks the caramels back;
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST?
To believe in Jesus Christ, takes two forms;
1. To believe – ACCEPTANCE
2. To believe – TO BECOME
The once saved, always saved (OSAS) gospel, tries to extricate the second definition of belief, which is to become, by soley relying on the doctrine of acceptance. This is like a believer, who says that faith without works is alive
………To be continued
……PART 2 COMING SOON
Copyright, Engr. Awe Hilary Mnse