Do you believe in “Once saved, always saved?”
Most people probably come down firmly on one side or the other of this age-old debate.
Either you believe that once you’ve accepted Christ and His salvation, you can never be lost again—and consequently never end up in Hell after you die; or you believe that it’s possible for a Christian to lose their salvation if they fall away from God.
I’ll say up front that this is a complex issue and not one that I’m going to resolve in just a few words here.
Many books have been written on this subject, and yet the issue is still debated fiercely. Nothing I write is going to resolve that.
However, I do believe that there’s a workaround to the question.
The issue in the debate is whether it’s possible for a person who has genuinely accepted Christ to fall away from God.
Since I don’t have an answer to that question, the smart thing seems to be to never fall away.
Accept Christ and His grace every day. Acknowledge you’re a sinner, but do all you can to stay away from sin. Ask God for help overcoming besetting sins, or sins that you continually struggle with.
Renew your commitment to Jesus every day. Walk in the guidance of the Holy Spirit. After all, He is the one who convicts us of our need for Christ. Never give God a reason that He might be inclined to cut you off.
I’m not saying He would or He wouldn’t rescind your salvation if you are a professing Christian, but since the question has been so hotly debated for so long, why take any chances?
Stay far away from anything that might put your eternal security in jeopardy.
This argument is no different than the one evangelists have used with non-believers for over 2000 years.
It’s like a believer saying, “If I’m right and you’re wrong, you’re in big trouble when you die. However, if you’re right and I’m wrong, then you’ve lost nothing. Therefore, it makes sense to believe in Christ’s saving power while you still can.”
So, following this logic, the best thing would be to assume that there’s a chance you could lose your salvation.
Therefore, keep your hands out of the tiger cage as it were by staying far away from sin.
You’ll be just fine if you do and you’ll have nothing to worry about. While the rest of Christendom argues over this question, you can rest easy, knowing your salvation is intact.
What could be better than that?