A Forgotten Doctrine and a Tester of Real Salvation

Cast me not away from [T]hy [P]resence; and take not [T]hy [H]oly [S]pirit from me.

When taking up a verse such as this one can go numerous routes. Some examples of these possible routes could include the erroneous teaching that one could lose one’s salvation. Another is the Holy Spirit’s office in the Old Testament. One could use this verse as a text for Pr/teaching on the Person of the Holy Spirit and the Absolute necessity of His Presence and Office in the salvation of sinners. We will use this frightful text to demonstrate the doctrine of the saints perseverance.

There is a classic Christian teaching/doctrine called “the perseverance of the saint.” this doctrine will be set at variance with today’s “once saved always saved” mantra. The best way, we believe, to demonstrate this doctrine is to quote Scripture. Lord Jesus says very clearly in John 8:31; “If ye continue in my word, then are ye [M]y disciples indeed…” Notice the if/then. also notice to whom He speaks “Then said {Lord] Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him..” Our Lord also states that “whosoever endures until the end shall be saved.” Let me draw your attention to Paul’s words in Colossians 1:21-23: “And you, who were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has [H]e reconciled in the [B]ody of [H]is [F]lesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable  and unreprovable in [H]is sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the [G]ospel…” Have you noticed the conditions?

1.Continue in the word of the Lord Jesus.                                                                                                                                   2. Endure until the/your end.                                                                                                                                                       3. Continue in the faith….and be not removed from the Gospel.

Am I proclaiming a works salvation? Am I suggesting one may lose one’s salvation? Yes/no and no.  Allow me to explain. In today’s contemporary church there are pitfalls.  These pitfalls take the form of salvation through hand raising; the very dangerous “once saved always saved” mantra or the “never doubt your salvation because this offends the Lord.” (2 Cor. 13:5)

When one is told by a preacher that he is saved since he raised his hand and said a plastic prayer one will believe the preacher. It is no different from a psychics cold reading. One believes because one wants to believe and someone with authority told them so. In reality this person is no more saved than Judas. On top of this dung hill the preacher will tell the “convert” that once he is save he is always saved. So now what we have is a spiritually dead, blind and deaf sinner who believes he is saved forever and he will continue to live the life of the condemned!!! When a faithful servant of the Lord approaches him about salvation the mind is closed because he is “saved”…by a raised hand and a plastic prayer.

This is where works, perseverance and fruit come in. The person who is truly saved has been saved by God. God the Father elects; God the Son redeems, and God the Holy Spirit draws and indwells to fulfill His Sovereign office. One is not saved by the will of man or the flesh (first chapter of John)

Salvation is of the Lord and it is a sacred experience.

When a man is saved he has a new nature..he is a new creature or creation and he begins to perform good works and by these good works others can see his faith. This man does not fall back into habitual sin; instead he reaches forward to grasp the things of God.

As for losing one’s salvation – We will state it this way; Once God has set His love upon a person that person is eternally loved and is eternally safe and is eternally joyous  to please his God.

The “once saved always saved” is dangerous because it could tell a sinner, who is thought to be saved, that he is safe. The doctrine of the saint’s perseverance throws a light on the unsaved who are believed to be saved.

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