OSAS doctrine omits abiding in Christ as necessary for salvation while falsely maintaining that apostasy can only result in a loss of rewards. 

Eternal security is 'in' Christ; and not something that is found apart from Him. The saints are indeed secure in Christ; for through Him they have an eternal inheritance. What is being taught however under the misnomer 'eternal security' (unconditional salvation) is basically; that people can follow after evil, and still end up partakers of the kingdom of God.

The devil authored that inane wickedness, and many have fallen away due to such. God's grace delivers from sin, and makes ready a people prepared for His kingdom of righteousness; and the Holy Spirit most definitely does not teach that the 'broad road' leads to everlasting blessedness.

Salvation is a matter of being in Christ with eternal life being the result of spiritually abiding in Him, who scripture reveals to be the only one who has eternal life. Eternal life is a matter of having a true relationship with God through Jesus Christ, and therefore being in the book of life depends on continuing in the faith and being faithful to Jesus Christ.

The blood of Christ makes one fit for the Lord's kingdom, and so salvation is not based on works though one's works reveal whether or not one is abiding in Christ. By abiding in Christ one brings forth good works and so the works are a result of God's grace and not the means by which to obtain such. Security as pertains to salvation is found in Christ alone; and not in any way apart from Him.

The Lord warns that those who deny Him will in turn be denied by Him. It is also revealed that the foolish virgins end up shut out of the blessings due to their being unprepared; and that unfaithful servants will be appointed their portion with the hypocrites. The Lord Himself places those conditions on obtaining salvation, and indeed He warned some that their names could be blotted out of the book of life.

No man can remove conditions which the Lord has placed upon the matter, and so any theological position to be valid must take those warnings under consideration as well, or be found contrary to the word of God, and sound doctrine. That said; every saint ought to rest in the assurance that the Lord will deliver them, and present them complete in Him.

However; they are to do so while traveling the narrow road that leads to eternal life and not go down the broad road that leads to destruction. Those who go that way can only do so due to unbelief with believers on the other hand knowing full well that the broad road leads people away from Christ. There would be no real salvitic purpose in preaching against sin in the churches with respect to the saints unless that were true.

Titus 2:11-14 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Matthew 24:45-51 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Assurance of salvation is guaranteed with respect to those who continue in the faith while the future of those who turn back is described as being worse than having never known the truth to begin with. The Lord has also declared that those who turn aside after wickedness shall be denied by Him and that factor cannot be overlooked apart from rejecting the word of God.

Failure with regard to diligence in serving the Lord will in any case result in a loss of rewards, and so that truth of itself does not necessarily serve to provide a complete explanation with regard to possible loss, and especially so when many passages reveal consequences that go well beyond just some demerit system concerning blessings within the kingdom of God.

1 Peter 2:20-21 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Matthew 24:45-51 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Romans 11:17-22 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

John 15:1-11 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

No one is suggesting that anyone who trusts in the Lord for their salvation will perish; and indeed the Lord delivers His people out of many strange pits that they manage to fall into. And no one is claiming that true saints don't get tangled up in the vain ways of the world, or that they must be a flawless shining example unto others from the moment they come to Christ until they depart this world; for if that were true then it is unlikely that anyone could be saved.

There is a big difference however between high treason; and a servant whose attitude is less than whole hearted with respect to the Lord. An erring servant will receive a reprimand and suffer loss; but nevertheless may end up promoted in time having taken heed to the warning; while a treacherous traitor on the other hand is esteemed incorrigible, and simply taken out and hung. The Lord requires that we not only love Him, and place our trust in Him; but that we also fear Him, and respect His authority as Lord.

Proverbs 1:20-33 Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you. Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.

2 Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Though not a profound theological statement I hold to the view that those who continue in the faith are assured of eternal life while those who do not are in big trouble and need to be warned. I have studied the various systems of soteriology, and found most indeed to be seriously wanting, for in order to have neat little packages, parts of the Lord's revelation to us ends up being set aside.

From my experience, assurance of salvation comes from the Holy Spirit, (The Spirit of Truth.) and so a believer to have confidence needs to abide in the truth, and avoid giving place to the devil, who as we all know doesn't provide any truth based assurance, but contrariwise only delusions. He also has that nasty habit of deceiving people by telling them that all roads lead to heaven.

To teach assured salvation with regard to the obedient and disobedient alike sounds very much like a compromise with the above mentioned inter-faith delusion. Say a sinner's prayer, and then take any road you like, makes the Bible pointless as regards instruction in righteousness and godliness with regard to redemption. If such were true then why are there so many NT warnings to the saints to depart from iniquity?

I think it best to preach holiness and assurance of salvation therein for otherwise we end up with a dubious program of salvation apart from the Holy Spirit, and obedience to God, whereas God's word reveals that obedience to Him is integral to the Holy faith that was once delivered unto the saints. The Lord freely grants grace to live a godly life, and so what kind of grace would it be that would have the saints continue to live in wickedness?

Grace from above produces godliness and makes one alive in Christ it definitely does not produce apathy with respect to obeying the Gospel, and diligence in serving the Lord. In any case the Holy Spirit teaches us to obey the Gospel and walk uprightly before the Lord; He is not granting any allowances and excuses to continue in sin, and indeed it is the adversary who specializes in that nefarious business.

The rationalistic attempts to produce an explanation for born again Christians whose behaviour does not accord with the word of God tends to overlook the obvious in order to substitute in its stead an experimental model to account for such matters. The Pentecostals to solve the problem introduced the second blessing concept while conveniently ignoring the fact that one can only be born of God by way of initially being baptized of the Holy Spirit. (Though all believers definitely need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.) OSAS deals with the issue by minimizing the consequences of sin with the result that walking after the flesh is in practice incorporated and brought over into the Christian faith.

The truth is definitely not found within compromise with evil; or yet by making a one time supernatural, post 'born again', experience into the definitive remedy; the truth is that the power to live a godly life is found in Christ alone and not something that was installed as a stand alone component within us to begin with. Abiding in Christ, or not abiding in Christ, explains the matter perfectly; which truth does not allow or require any additional complex man made soteriological theories.

I am not suggesting that salvation is based on works and indeed that is not possible for any good that proceeds from man is based on the grace of God to begin with. God's word makes it very clear that both grace and eternal life are found in Jesus Christ alone while OSAS doctrine claims that no one need abide in Christ in order to be saved; which absurdity separates the believer from both grace and eternal life.

OSAS claims that unrepentant continuance in sin cannot result in spiritual death whereas God's word maintains that those who walk after the flesh shall die therein for such represents a departure from not only His Son, Jesus Christ; but also a repudiation of the faith once delivered unto the saints; which Holy faith incorporates godliness; and does not in any way exclude such with regard to salvation.

Grace as relates to the way of salvation (And we are speaking of 'no other' form of grace, so called.) is of the Holy Spirit who teaches us to depart from iniquity in order that we not be partakers of the evil that is in the world. Therefore a doctrine of grace which contradicts the Holy Spirit in regard to being separate from evil; and therefore sanctified unto God through the blood of Jesus Christ, cannot be of Him.

To make obedience unto God irrelevant with regard to salvation is so horribly opposed to the New Testament record that such represents another religion altogether; and indeed any theological doctrine which makes abiding in Christ simply an option with respect to salvation; to make regeneration through the Spirit of God, and deliverance from sin, and separation from the evil that is in the world unnecessary cannot in any wise be called Christian.

Romans 8:1-18 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

The parable concerning the wheat and tares is but one part of the Lord's revelation which needs to be combined with those other relative facts in order to have a complete and realistic picture. The tares as fake pseudo-Christians, sown of the devil, indicates only that there are some who may appear to be disciples; but are not true followers at all. That truth does not negate apostasy regarding genuine disciples, and indeed the tares as bogus disciples couldn't fall away for they were never in any position to do so.

The Lord's warning concerning; 'abiding in Him' cannot apply with respect to tares for the tares, being fake, could not have been abiding in the Lord to begin with. Paul's warning concerning 'being cut off' is directed at true disciples; for the false having never been grafted in to begin with rules out any possibility of their being; 'cut off'. In the analogy concerning Esau; he had a genuine birthright which he lost through his folly. The word; 'apostasy'; which means; 'a departure', cannot apply to those who never were in the faith to begin with.

There is no doctrine in God's word to the effect that unrepentant and apostate behaviour among true born again believers will only result in some loss of rewards. If that concept were true then we would expect to find a verse which states so. That being the biblical situation the OSAS doctrine concerning only a loss of rewards with respect to abject apostasy amounts to an out of context interpretation of scripture rather than something that was initially derived therefrom.

The New Testament contains many warnings as regards continuing in the faith while assuring believers that their steadfastness will result in eternal salvation which blessedness hinges on their abiding in Christ. The subject really comes down to whether or not a person must abide in Christ in order to be saved. OSAS says, "No"; while God's word on the other hand invariably says; "Yes!"; which matter rules out OSAS as valid doctrine.

The Lord said that believers must abide in Him, and not deny Him; or risk being rejected of Him; and indeed being alive unto God depends upon being in fellowship with Jesus. Since the New Testament declares, that those born of God can spiritually die through walking after the flesh, eternal life is shown to be contingent on continuing in the faith. OSAS encourages a perilous form of complacency which attitude of itself is found denounced in scripture as wickedness.

No evidence is available to prove that OSAS doctrine keeps believers from falling away; and indeed that soteriological theory may well serve to prevent repentance in that failure to turn away from evil is esteemed to have only some secondary effect with regards to rewards only. By all indications OSAS provides a false sense of security with regard to the wicked, while allowing a stumblingblock to be set before the saints, who don't need any such doctrine in order to have confidence in God concerning their salvation.

The Lord's warns that those who do not abide in Him will be destroyed, and Paul confirms that in that he declares that those who follow after wickedness will be cut off from the 'good olive tree'. The Lord in the book of Revelation also warned that some were at risk of having their names blotted out of the book of life.

Revelation 3:5-6 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

And indeed we are told that the situation as regards the Israelites in the wilderness, and their apostasy therein, and the Lord's response to such; was given to serve as instruction unto us, which warning would be rendered pointless if the severity as regards the Lord's response to apostasy did not apply also to believers under the New Covenant.

1 Corinthians 10:11-13 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

And the Lord again warns in Matthew 24 of not only an apostasy due to the level of wickedness that arises just prior to the man of sin's debut; but that those saved are those who remain faithful to Him during those times. Indeed taking heed to that warning will prevent some from falling away; in that they will be careful to remain in a proper relationship with Jesus. Our safety and continued blessedness in the Lord; as always; is based on heeding His word.

Matthew 24:4-14 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows. Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

2 Peter 1:19-21, 2:1-3 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

Are all these false teachers mentioned above, who are bringing in damnable heresies, also heading for the promised land? And how exactly do they deny the Lord who bought them if they were never in a saving relationship with the Lord to begin with? And what of the book of Jude which pronounces abject destruction upon those who turn aside to evil ways? How are these men 'twice dead' if they weren't alive once?

Jude 1-25 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire. Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

According to God's word the 'wheat' are those who abide in Christ while the 'tares' must represent, in part at least, the foolish virgins who were banned from the kingdom of God; they not being filled with the Holy Spirit; they having failed to obey the Gospel; they having turned away from the faith once delivered unto the saints. That is a major distinguishing factor regarding the wheat and the tares which is all but obliterated under the OSAS salvation 'regardless of abiding in Christ' doctrine. Indeed that lopsided philosophical interpretation of scripture makes abiding in Him totally unnecessary for salvation. No where does scripture teach any concept whereby eternal life is found apart from holiness; which as we all know consists of being cleansed from sin, to therefore abide in Christ.

Hebrews 12:11-29 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby. Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.

Matthew 7:13-29 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it. And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

OSAS maintains that only those who genuinely repent are truly saved; (Which biblical truth is obviously a condition.) however such thereafter contradicts itself by saying that salvation is nevertheless unconditional. It would appear that an extreme legalistic view, namely; that practically any sin can cause a loss of salvation (Though the law itself reveals that only some serious sins of rebellion carried a death penalty, indicating eternal estrangement from God.) was offset by the doctrine that no sin (Unrepented of.) can cause a loss of salvation. The New Testament however does not support either view with the truth being found between the two opposing radical positions.

Both extreme positions above contain a major stumblingblock; for in the first instance a person's salvation is always in jeopardy whereas in the second case no one need pay heed to the Lord in order to be saved. I maintain that the logical product of both positions does not at all accord with the truth as is given us in the New Testament. A 'living' faith, which includes obeying God, to therefore bring forth good works is the result of acting upon one's convictions whereas a 'feigned faith' does not produce godly behaviour; only hypocrisy.

The sophistic arguments being forwarded to back the OSAS position are not at all healthy in that the consequences of backsliding are thereby minimized while God's mercy in granting repentance is likewise devalued in that recovery is esteemed to have no effect whatsoever on a person's salvation. Indeed the fear of God which ought to initially prevent such folly has been effectively removed beforehand. And what does the blood of Christ, which cleanses one from sin, have to do with salvation if people can be saved while remaining spiritually dead in sin? If the rebellious, unregenerate, and estranged from Christ are saved; 'in their sins', what then would be the salvitic purpose of being cleansed from sin to begin with?

Secure in Christ by Dr. Cathy Burns
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Rather than speculate concerning the consequences (Or lack thereof.) of wicked behaviour believers ought to give diligence to depart from such instead. That way they can look back and understand the matter perfectly rather than land in Hell only to discover to their horror that the wicked do not in any case inherit the kingdom of God.

Praise the Lord!

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