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Once Saved Always Saved put into practice.

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thompson_machinegunMost of you have probably heard about the latest shooting at a L.A. Fitness Centre where a man entered into this establishment and opened fire killing several people including himself. In a recent article found here, a deacon from a church in this man’s community stated that he believes that the killer is in fact “in heaven”. It seems that this individual had made a profession of faith earlier on in his life to which he “supposedly” embraced Christ. It is very difficult for me to believe that a man committed a sin “intentionally” such as plotting to shoot up an entire establishment like this, pre-writting his intentions on the internet then goes ahead with this horrible act and is now in the heavenlies. This arrogant and egocentrial deed all because he felt ignored by women seems to define “intentional” in my view. We read in 1 John 3:

everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 4Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.5You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.6No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.7Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; 8the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.9No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

John is quite clear in this passage that our practices define the truth of our allegiance. If we are truly of Christ then we will practice righteousness but if we are not then we are of the devil and will practice sin. John leaves no room for middle ground in that the individual who is “born of God” abides in Christ and cannot sin. Obviously, when we keep with the context, a Christian cannot “practice sin” and if he does, is going completely against his nature.

This deacon has unfortunately blundered the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints and replaced it with this once saved, always saved theology. This example  is the danger of what I have titled “the flu-shot gospel” where people make a decision for Christ as Saviour because they are scared of hell or just plainly think its a good idea. They received a flu-shot once in their life and no matter what they do or how they live, they are going to be in heaven. There is never a true repentance from sin, an understanding that the death of Christ frees us from the bondage of sin and that we are now the possession of Jesus Christ hence we are to live as such. We are to live a life of devotion as the subjects of the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and that means a life devoted to being conformed to the image of Christ.(Romans 8:28-29) If God is not chastising us (Hebrews 12:1-17), if we are living as the world is without any sense of being uncomfortable and if there isn’t a shred of desire towards a life of holiness (1 Peter 1:15-16) then what really has changed in us? Can the Spirit of God be tabernacling within us? One must believe that it is possible according to the good deacon and this murderer is now in the presence of the Lord!


Written by shawnkjmcgrath

August 14, 2009 at 9:32 am

Posted in Eternal Security