The discussion over the issue of “Once Saved, Always Saved” will continue to the day that Jesus returns. And well intentioned Christians can and should have a robust, respectful debate on the issue. We can use it to sharpen one another and get us back into God’s Word.
You can find and hang on to scriptures in God’s Word that seem to indicate there is no way to lose salvation once it has been granted to you—and there are other scriptures, particularly in the letters to the churches in Revelation, that would seem to say that unless we hang on and persevere, our salvation could be lost. And I am not here today to speak to that debate. What I do want to speak to is this: Are we taking the gift of salvation too lightly and ignoring our responsibilities as disciples of Jesus Christ?
Statistics show divorce is as prevalent with Christians as it is with non-Christians. Other studies show Christian men just as addicted to pornography as non
believers. How many times have you been lied to by someone who says they are a Christian? How many times do you see Christians gossiping about one another?
Jesus said if you love Him you will obey all he commanded. Well how are we doing with that? If you are anything like me, you fail almost daily to obey all He commanded. Where are the distinguishing characteristics of the Christian life? Are we being true light and salt to the world? Or are we just another face in the crowd?
Where is the true discipleship in our church? Are we challenging one another in love to walk away from our sinful nature and lead a life of holiness? Are we more interested in how many people we can lead to say the sinners’ prayer than we are leading people to holiness and total commitment to Jesus?
As a church or ministry, are we more concerned with how many people attend and how much money they give, than we are in how many lives are changed with a real, strong commitment to Jesus? Do we define success in numbers of participants—or the depth of their love and commitment to Jesus?
Can we lose our salvation? That discussion will continue. But one thing is painfully obvious—as a whole we lack any real discipleship within our church in America. We have opted to take the easy way—accepting God’s great gift without accepting any of the responsibilities that come with it. And if you think salvation does not come with any responsibilities, I suggest you spend some serious time in the gospels and epistles. And even if we are permanently saved and can not lose our salvation, what does it say of our love of Jesus when we go on living as we did when we were pagans? Not much.
- Wake Up Church! (standupforthetruth.com)
- Which Jesus Do You Follow? (standupforthetruth.com)
- “Contextualization” of the Gospel – A Free-Falling Catastrophe (standupforthetruth.com)