Once Saved ALWAYS Saved

Louis A. Turk, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.

If you do not believe that once a person is saved he is always saved, then you have NEVER really trusted in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, you are lost in your sins, and you are heading straight to Hell. This is true even if you have been baptized and are an active church member, and is true even if you are a Sunday School teacher or preacher. This is written, not to offend, but out of genuine concern for your soul. Because, I repeat it, if you do not believe in the eternal security of the blood-bought believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, then you have NEVER been saved, and except you repent of your UNBELIEF you will end up eternally tormented in the flames of the Lake which burns with fire and brimstone.

People In Hell Have NEVER Known Christ

Said the Lord Jesus Christ: Who is this verse referring to when it says "he that doeth the will of my father"? Not those who have "done many wonderful works," but rather BELIEVERS in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and Christ will NOT lose or cast out God's children. "For ye are all the CHILDREN of God by FAITH in Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3:26). Note in Mat. 7:21-23 above that on the judgment day Jesus will tell all religious, but UNBELIEVING, professing Christians, "I NEVER knew you." He will NOT say to them, "I once knew you, but then you sinned and lost your salvation." People who believe that savation can be lost are trusting in their own religious works to save them, and are not trusting in Christ. They believe that they are doing "many wonderful works," perhaps even including having "cast out devils," and are therefore worthy of salvation. Because they are trusting in their own good works instead of in the finished work of Christ upon the cross, they have NEVER been saved.

Salvation Is By Grace Not By Works

The reason some people believe a saved person can lose his salvation is because they believe good works are necessary for salvation. Yet they know in their hearts that their works are often sinful, not good. Therefore, such people believe that you cannot know for sure that you will make it to Heaven until after the judgment day. Then, "if your good deeds outweigh your bad deeds", they reason, "you will be allowed into Heaven, otherwise you will go to Hell or Purgatory." This is a tragic misunderstanding (or rejection) of what the Bible teaches about salvation.

The Bible very clearly tells us that salvation is by God's grace through faith in the finished work of Christ, and is NOT of our own works.

None of us are worthy of salvation. If we get what we deserve we will all end up in Hell. Without Jesus Christ, none of us are righteous, none of us are good, and none of us are profitable to God. Quite to the contrary, without Christ, all of us are unclean, all of our righteousnesses are filthy, and we sin continually. Only because of the finished work of Christ is there hope for us wicked sinners.

Salvation Is Eternal

As the above verse illustrates, the Bible very clearly tells us that the salvation Jesus Christ authored is ETERNAL salvation.

Everlasting Means Never Ending

It is amazing how many people do not understand the meaning of the words everlasting and eternal. They claim to have everlasting life; yet, claim that they can lose it if they fall into sin. Webster's Dictionary defines everlasting as "never coming to an end; lasting forever; eternal." Now to lose life is to die. Death ends life. Life is not eternal life or everlasting life if it can end in death.

Over and over again in the Bible Jesus promises eternal life or everlasting life to all who place their faith in Him. Here are just a few examples:

Now if Jesus is the author of eternal salvation, who, we must ask, is the author of non-eternal salvation? Surely none other than Satan himself. People worshipping a non-eternal-salvation-giving Jesus are actually worshipping Satan himself without realizing it!

Beware of "Another" Jesus Who Promises Non-Eternal Salvation

The Jesus of the Bible is the author of ETERNAL salvation. The Jesus of the Bible gives all those who believe in Him EVERLASTING life. The Jesus of the Bible saves repentant believing sinners and KEEPS them saved. The Jesus of the Bible does not need us to help Him save our souls, He is FULLY capable of saving us ALL BY HIMSELF. He does not need our help to keep us saved; he keeps all believers saved ALL BY HIMSELF.

Some people, however, believe in a different Jesus than the Jesus of the Bible. They believe in a Jesus that is weak and powerless and cannot finish what he starts. Their Jesus is, in fact, a liar, for he promises eternal life, supposedly gives it to people when they believe in him, but then that "eternal" life ENDS when they sin. The eternal life he gives is fake, and he is a fraud. He starts to save people, but is unable to finish the job. Thus, in reality, he is of no use whatsoever, for people have to end up saving themselves by their good works anyway. They are thus stronger than their phony, useless, counterfeit Jesus. THEY ARE REALLY TRUSTING IN THEMSELVES. THEY ARE THEIR OWN GODS. Their Jesus is a creation of human imagination---they have created and must do for their god, rather than God creating and doing for them---, and so they are actually greater than their Jesus. VAIN PRIDE is the basic reason this false Jesus and false gospel is so popular.

The apostle Paul wrote the following divinely inspired words to the churches at Galatia and Corinth concerning this phony gospel and phony Jesus:

TODAY Is the Day of Salvation

Realizing the meaning of eternal salvation and everlasting life---that is that eternal does mean eternal, and everlasting does mean everlasting---, some people who reject the doctrine of once saved always saved defend their position by saying that no one is saved until God judges their works on the judgement day. Therefore, according to these people salvation does not come at the moment we put our faith in Christ, but rather sometime after physical death. Such an idea, however, does not originate with the Bible. For example, when wicked tax collector Zacchaeus trusted Christ as personal Lord and Savior, he was saved that very day.
  Also, the Bible never says that the judgment day is the day of salvation. Rather it says, "behold, NOW is the accepted time; behold, NOW is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2)

"I Will Not Blot Out His Name Out of the Book of Life"

The Lord Jesus very plainly promises that He will not blot the names of overcomers out of the book of life: That certainly means once saved always saved for overcomers. Who then are these overcomers? And do they overcome by their good works or by their faith in Christ? We are not left to guess. Every human being's name was written in the book of life before the foundation of the world, but the names of those who die without trusting Christ as their Lord and Savior are blotted out.

If a Believer's Work Be Burned, He Shall Suffer Loss: But He Himself Shall Be Saved

What about a person that gets saved, but backslides? Won't that person lose his salvation? Not if he really got saved. Anyone who has placed his faith in Christ Jesus has laid a sure and everlasting foundation for his life. In other words, if a believer's works do not meet with God's approval, he will lose all rewards on the judgment day---a horrible and eternal loss. "But he himself shall be saved;" he will NOT lose his soul!

While the life you live is certainly important, of much more importance is the foundation upon which you build your life. Mat. 7:24 speaks of the "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." I Cor. 10:4b says: "...and that Rock was Christ."

I once knew a man who hired an unscrupulous contractor to build his home. Alas, while he was away the contractor poured a shallow, unreinforced foundation. Upon this paper shell foundation was built a luxury home with the very finest of materials. Even before it was finished great cracks appeared in all the walls, and it began to sink in one corner. Its ruin was great, and there was no remedy. So is a seemingly clean and moral person, doing many good works, but who has never trusted Christ as personal Lord and Savior. Without the foundation of Christ, cracks will soon develop in his golden life to render it ruined, and he will die to spend eternity in the torments of the flames of Hell.

Lot is an example of a saved person who wasted his life, yet was still saved. The Bible says he "pitched his tent toward Sodom" (Gen. 13:12). He eventually got so far away from God that he got drunk, and in his drunkenness got both his daughters pregnant (Gen. 19:30-36). Yet, in the eyes of God Lot was still considered a "just" and "righteous"---though miserable---man. The Bible says that God "delivered JUST Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: (For that RIGHTEOUS man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his RIGHTEOUS soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)" (2 Pet. 2:7-8).

Cain is an example of a lost religious man. He believed there is a God, and even gave an offering to God. But his offering was bloodless, showing that he was trusting in his own good works to save him, and was not trusting in the coming virgin-born Messiah who would shed His blood on a cruel cross for the sins of the world.

Cain was never saved, and so did not lose his salvation. One cannot lose that which one never had. Being religious will not save your soul: only Jesus can save your soul. Believing God exists is not saving faith. Believing Jesus Christ died on the cross to give you eternal salvation (once saved always saved type salvation) is saving faith, without which you will go to Hell.

"I Will Never Leave Thee Nor Forsake Thee"

One of the most comforting verses in the Bible is Heb.13:5 which says, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I WILL NEVER LEAVE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE." A similar verse is John 6:37 where Jesus promises, "...and him that cometh to me I will IN NO WISE cast out." These verses certainly teach "once saved always saved," for if a believer could lose his salvation and end up in Hell Christ could not honestly say that that believer was neither forsaken nor cast out.

"If I Believed Once Saved Always Saved I Would Live Like the Devil!"

Unbelievers will often say, "The idea that once you are saved you are always saved encourages people to sin. If I believed once saved always saved, I would live like the Devil. I would drink, smoke, dance and fornicate and do drugs. Why not if once saved always saved?" Such an attitude reveals a great misunderstanding of God's plan of salvation, and also reveals the true desires of these unbelievers' hearts. Because they have never truly been born again they very much want to enjoy the pleasures of sin. Drinking, dancing, fornicating and doing drugs (or other sins) is what they consider fun. They think that to save their souls they must abstain from all those fun sins and force themselves to do "boring things" like praying, reading the Bible, and going to church, and act like they like it, when they really don't. However, because their nature has never been changed by the new birth, their efforts to live right are doomed to failure. For it happens to them according to the true proverb: There is, of course, only one cure for a sinful nature: The fact is, people who are believing in Christ to save them once and for ever are the true believers in Christ, and because they have been born again (and therefore have a new nature) they tend to live much more holy lives than do those who believe that salvation once gained can be lost. True believers love Christ for giving them everlasting salvation, and therefore serve Him with a willing heart.

People who do not believe once saved always saved tend to resent Christ down in their hearts, for they think He is forcing them by threat of Hell to live what they consider to be an unhappy, "goody-goody" life instead of what they consider a fun, sinful life. This is why Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3).

In Conclusion

Salvation by the Lord Jesus Christ is a "once for all" and a "for ever" event. Only people who believe in the eternal security of the believer in Christ are truly placing their faith in such comforting Bible promises as this one: Quite to the contrary of what most false religions teach, it IS possible to KNOW FOR SURE that you HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE RIGHT NOW. I know, and so do thousands of others. So can you. Wrote the apostle John: The true, genuine, honest, glorious, omnipotent, eternal life giving Jesus invites you into the comfort and "peace that passeth all understanding" enjoyed ONLY by those who are the "PRESERVED in Jesus Christ" (Jude 1:1).

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 for ever. Amen. (Jude 1:24-25)

Read also "Ye Must Be Born Again."

(C) Copyright 1994 by Louis A. Turk. All rights reserved. You may  reprint this article, provided you do not edit it in any way without the author's consent, and provided this paragraph is printed at the end of the article.  Other publication requires advance permission of the author.

Louis A. Turk, B.A., M.Div., Ph.D.


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