False Refuge: OSAS
January 6, 2012
The OSAS (once saved, always saved) doctrine is a false refuge. Let’s please stop hiding behind it and teaching others that they too are okay to do the same. Believing a falsehood is not going to make the truth go away, so why don’t we all try hard to throw out our biases and study God’s Word in sincerity; that is, in spirit and in Truth (John 4:24) and as taught by the Spirit of Truth Himself. (16:13)
God’s Word teaches that we reap eternal life from the Spirit, and that this is done by sowing to please Him. (Gal. 6:8 & Rom. 8:13,14) The contrast is made that if we sow (live) to please the sinful nature, from that nature we will reap destruction and death. OSAS adherents want to say that “destruction” and “death” mean earthly trouble or death, yet that it still encompasses a resurrection unto eternal life. This is such a foolish belief to hang on to! If Gal. 6:8 and Rom. 8:13,14 are contrasting two types of sowing (living), with the result being two types of outcomes, then a person is putting his head in the sand to think the contrasted results (eternal life and destruction / living and dying) do not mean Heaven (eternal life) versus Hell (eternal death).
When we sow to please God’s Spirit, what are we doing? We are obeying God. What are they doing who sow to please the sinful nature? They are disobeying God. It’s very simple. God’s Word is very straight-forward on the matter. The problem is that false teachers twist the correct interpretation. This they do so as to excuse sin (theirs and others) and so that they can be men-pleasers (1 Thes. 2:4) and thus popular. For who wants to hear that they can’t indulge in their favorite sins? –At least not sometimes?
No, if we continue to sin –either by not taking the steps necessary to grow into maturity (James 2:4), which means perfection (Matt. 5:48), or by just plain deliberate rebellion (Heb. 10:26), then we do not have Christ (Rom. 8:9), we do not know Him (1 John 3:6), and we are not a child of God. (v. 10) Moreover, the one who continues in false doctrine also does not have God. (2 John 1:9)
OSAS is blatantly false. Instead, we can indeed “fall from our secure position” (2 Peter 3:17), because, being that this position is in (inside of) Christ –He who is Himself our Eternal Life (1 John 5:20)– it is only secure as we remain IN Him, which we do through our faithful obedience, the proof being our production of lasting fruit (John 15:1-17) –the fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22,23)
Scripture makes clear that good fruit is only that teaching and work which is produced in Truth (Matt. 7:15-20), in the will of the Father (v. 21), and “in keeping with repentance.” (Luke 3:8) Therefore, when Luke 3:9 says that “every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire”, this fire means Hell, as a simple comparison of Matt. 5:27-30 & 13:40-42 (not to mention many more), show. Yet OSAS promoters teach that once a person professes faith in Christ, any sin he walks in will only be, for such a believer, a loss of rewards, not a condemnation to Hell.
This is the doctrine they continue to insist upon –even though 2 Peter 2:20-22 says “… It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs…” referring to those who once knew Christ but turn back to worldliness. (v. 20) Heb. 10:26-31 is clear also: Deliberate sin reaps judgement and raging fire. It says it right there in verses 26,27. James 4:4 says that those who commit spiritual adultery against God by choosing to be a friend of the world become God’s enemy. Jesus teaches in Matt. 25:26,30 that the “wicked, lazy servant… that worthless servant… [will be thrown] into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Eph. 5:5 says, “For this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person… has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God” while verse 6 gives further warning about it: “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.”
What, OSAS adherents, did that verse just say? It says that we are being deceived if we believe that God’s wrath is not coming on those who are disobedient to God’s law of morality, purity, and love. For, those who are “children of light” (Eph. 5:8) do produce “the fruit of the light [which] consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth… [that which] pleases the Lord.” (v. 9,10)
God’s Word makes the contrast abundantly clear: Obey the Lord, reap Heaven. Disobey the Lord, reap Hell.
Let’s sow wisely, then. And teach correct doctrine so that others will be saved as well.