The present tense of salvation shows a patience, faith, continuance action that is taking place at this very moment. God is eternal and always in the present, thus likewise are we in His holiness.  When it concerns belief, the present tense is always used whenever the conditions of final salvation are stated. Only those sheep that “now” hearken and follow are His sheep. Since willful sin is unbelief, one cannot be believing and sinning at the same time. The benefits and security of salvation only stay ours as we continually put our full trust and lives into the hands of a Holy God that is true and faithful.. This is what it means to be sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise.

Scripture is replete with warnings to the really saved, not to fall-from-salvation. Hebrews 6-10-12 are straight forward description of “becoming UN-born” of one who were truly a saved son of God). Paul said Demos was a devout follower in Christ and esteemed among the brethren, yet he fell away and returned back to the world.

Over and over the Apostles and Jesus warned us against being deceived to destruction. The story of the “parable of the sower ” taught us to take care as to how we should LISTEN, to determine what soil we are cultivating. Perfect parallel in Hebrews 6:7-12, one soil can produce EITHER good fruit OR thorns, so be diligent not to be sluggish but to follow those WHO by faith and patience continuance inherit the promises…

Peter admonishes us against the man who FELL from his former salvation to be diligent to make our calling and election /sure/steadfast, that we might not stumble (“ptaio”-become-wretched!), that the gates of eternity BE provided to us. 2 Peter 1:5-10.

Then in chapter 3 “be diligent to be found by Jesus spotless and blameless”, and “guard yourselves against deceivers lest you fall from your own steadfastness” 2 Peter 3:14, 17. These are those whom Paul said are counted worthy to inherit the kingdom of God.

All of the “beware of many deceivers” verses would have to be illogical statements if we can’t really be deceived away from Jesus.
One doesn’t just HAPPEN to lose their salvation , but rather they willfully depart from it.

Practitioners of eternal security believe themselves to be spiritual beings joined in a mysterious transferred conjunction with grace that they have as their own special possession that cannot be taken away from them no matter what they do. It’s an identity faith that eschews any need or worth of good works, apart from whatever beneficial influence those works might have in this world.

Irenaeus also confronted those of these same gnostic beliefs in his day.

“For, just as it is impossible that material substance should partake of salvation (since, indeed, [the gnostics] maintain that it is incapable of receiving it), so again it is impossible that spiritual substance (by which [the gnostics] mean themselves) should ever come under the power of corruption, whatever the sort of actions in which they indulged. … so they affirm that they cannot in any measure suffer hurt, or lose their spiritual substance, whatever the material actions in which they may be involved”.

“And committing many other abominations and impieties, [the gnostics] run us [Christians] down (who from the fear of God guard against sinning even in thought or word) as utterly contemptible and ignorant persons, while [the gnostics] highly exalt themselves, and claim to be perfect, and the elect seed. For they declare that we simply receive grace for use [in sanctification], wherefore also it will again be taken away from us; but that they themselves have grace as their own special possession, which has descended from above by means of an unspeakable and indescribable conjunction; and on this account more will be given them“…………………..Irenaeus

Believers have the firstfruits of eternal life, but do not yet have the fullness.

Not only [this], but we ourselves also, having the first fruits of the Spirit, (“the earnest of the Spirit” Eph. 1-14, 2 Cor. 1-22, 5-5) even we ourselves groan within ourselves await eagerly our adoption, the redemption of our body. For in hope we were saved, but hope that is seen is not hope, for who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we await eagerly with patient endurance. Romans 8:23-25

Here is a small portion of the 85 verses that imply one can be led away from salvation
1. Fall from grace – Gal. 5:1-4,13
2. Be led away by error of the wicked- 2 Pet. 3:17
3. Err from the truth – James 5:19-20
4. Weak brother may perish – 1 Cor. 8:11
5. Fall into condemnation – James 5:12
6. Be moved away from the hope – Col. 1:21-23
7. Deny the Lord who bought them – 2 Pet. 2:1
8. Depart from the living God – Heb. 3:12
9. Can be a castaway – 1 Cor. 9:27
10. Can become accursed children – 2 Pet. 2:14


One of the pillars of OSAS is that once we are saved, the death of Christ on the cross and His resurrection absolves us from all sins both past and future, such that if we sin subsequent to our conversion, these sins will not be counted against us and thus our salvation is assured even if you later choose to turn away from the faith. So in the mind of that doctrine it replaces the hope of eternal life with the assurance of eternal life. Which contradicts faith, patience, continuance.

OSAS is slightly different from the “P” in TULIP “perseverance of the saints” in that the Christian can fall away but his sins and his falling away will not be counted against him and he will still be saved anyway. Producing the ever popular term “back slidden Christians”


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