This doctrine of once saved, saved forever is anti-Christ - I think so!
1Cortinthians 10:12 ''Therefore let anyone
that he stands take heed lest he fall
The Bible is full of images that help us to understand the Christian life: we are part of the army of God, engaged in battle; we are part of the body of Christ; we are Christ's ambassadors, his envoys, representing him in this world; we are a building, being built up into Christlikeness; we are branches, Christ is the vine; we are the bride of Christ; we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. All of these analogies are rich and useful.My favorite analogy, however, compares the Christian life to running a race. This analogy is not common throughout the Bible, but Paul loves it, as he uses the running and racing image at least nine times in his epistles. PHILIPPIANS 3:12-14 ''
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.'' Paul was teaching the Philippians about pressing on toward the goal, not losing sight of the finish line.
I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
Note these words of discipline: I go straight
for the goal
- my reward the honour of being ....
Figuratively used of one who like a runner in a race runs
swiftly to reach
and thus to pursue a goal.
He becomes a winning athlete
by getting into the game and competing with all manners of disciplines if his/her goal is winning. Another version of Philippians 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.
Cn we imagine this apostle who was so conscious of the consequences of backsliding, being disciplined and determined?
''Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfected; but I follow after, if I may get hold of that for which Christ got hold of me.
Brethren, I count not myself to have attained it; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things that are before,
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.''
Do you ever think when a man is converted, when he's saved, why doesn't he then in the assignment of God, just sit down and bask in the grace and goodness of the Lord who delivered him out of the punishment and peril and judgment of his sins. He's a Christian. He's saved now. Why not just be seated and be comfortable and enjoy it?
No! To be saved is like joining an army. It is like putting on an uniform. It is like entering the struggle. It is like fighting! It is like marching! There's strife and struggle in the will of God in our church and in our spiritual lives.
I think of our church in its unusual situation now. You could easily sell these properties far beyond fifty millions of dollars. Why don't we sell them and go out to the green pastures somewhere and all of us be seated and just bask in the goodness and favor of God that enables us to do such an easy thing? Instead, God wills [that] we stay in the heart of the city and in the very center of its life, seeking to magnify His glorious name in a busy and worldly climate, situation, society, culture. We're here to fight and to strive for God, and that is God's blessing.
It is not because God hated us or despised us that thus He set us in a place of struggle and effort. It is the blessing of the Lord upon us.
If a mere man, God's creation is so disciplined in a worldly competition, what about you and I in an eternal one?
I am a Pentecostal Christian and we strongly believe that the doctrine of once saved, saved forever is false doctrine. It is also considered as end-time falsehood. Remember false doctrine uses the original Scriptures to cunningly fabricate the flse one.