OSAS = False Refuge

July 30, 2012

Many say, “Preach to us nice things. Don’t keep confronting us with the Truth. Allow us to rely on deceit.” (See Isa. 30:10) But the Lord answers, “Yes, because you have depended on deceit, this sin will become for you a high fortress that will collapse suddenly.” (See v. 12,13) “You have turned from Me and are clinging to deceptions and false doctrines, rejecting My requirements and My Word.” (See Jer. 8:5-9) “Therefore, I will sweep away your refuge, the lie [see Isa. 28:17], and your treaty with death will not stand.” (See v. 15,18) In other words: Depend on deceit, reap eternal death.

What is the largest and most prevalent falsehood taught by those who claim to believe God’s Word? It is that people can be saved from Hell and have the privilege of Christ living within them, even while they continue to live in sin. In other words, that because salvation is about an acknowledgement given in statements and not a heart change that is proven by deeds, it’s good, but not necessary, to obey God. Furthermore, these statements, if expressed at the time in sincerity, supposedly solidify the speaker’s salvation once and for all –no matter what. This particular false refuge is called the OSAS (once saved, always saved) doctrine. It abounds everywhere –within almost all denominations that name the name of Christ.

Sadly, multitudes of people are being led to Hell by this doctrine. I would never be able to recount the numerous times someone has told me, as a person did again a few day ago, that though their wayward child is living in sin, she is nevertheless saved because she accepted Christ when she was young. It is said with little alarm, for the OSAS belief causes the parent to rest upon the lie that even though their child may have troubles in life and may lose rewards in Heaven, she will certainly not go to Hell. So, instead of the parent being in anguish over their child’s soul and praying and fasting for their child… instead of being a godly role model that their child can eternally benefit from… instead of trying to persuade their child to seek God, to obey Christ, to study the Scriptures, to flee friends who are wicked influences, and to turn from sin, the parent, thinking they too have been guaranteed Heaven, also conduct themselves any way they please! And because most everyone else who claims to be a Christian is believing this way and indulging the sinful nature, the whole church shows itself no different than the world as they proclaim their “Good News” which is: “Join us and be grateful to be saved as you sin.”

Well, this doctrine is not the Truth found in God’s Word. It is not the covenant of circumcision of the flesh which God made with Abraham (Gen. 17:1-14) and his descendants (v. 9-14 // Josh. 5:2-9), nor the covenant of circumcision of the heart He makes with us. (Rom. 2:29 // Ezek. 36:26 // Heb. 8:7-12) The context of these verses reveal that circumcision is the symbol of the covenants (both old and new), but that the agreement between God and man consists of this: God’s promise of life and blessing; man’s promise to be obedient. It was precisely because the old one was not capable of keeping the people faithful to obey Him, that God created the new covenant. (Heb. 7:18,22 & 8:7) Therefore, the reason we’ve been given the new covenant is because it is able to keep us faithful –so that we can meet God’s righteous requirements (Rom. 8:4), become His sons (v. 14), and thus inherit eternal life. (v. 17)

How does the new covenant keep us faithful? It does so by the fact that God, when the covenant is transacted, circumcises the old nature off from the repentant one, as He does these things for us as well:

1. He washes us clean of idols, impurities, and sin, taking them all away. (Ezek. 36:25 // 1 John 3:5)

2. He places in us a totally new heart and spirit (Ezek. 36:26) –His own nature. (1 John 3:9)

3. He puts in us His own Spirit through which to have power to overcome temptations. (Ezek. 36:27 // 2 Peter 1:3,4)

4. He, through His in-dwelling Spirit, moves us to follow His decrees and be careful to keep His laws (Ezek. 36:27) so that we produce the fruit of righteousness. (John 15:1-5 // Phil. 1:11)

Now, if a person is not manifesting these things, yet he claims to be saved because he has covenanted with God under the new covenant, that man is relying on a deception of the worst sort. He is not saved, for he is not abiding in the covenant’s requirement –that of obedience to God. He is deceiving himself by thinking that God is obligated to uphold His promise of salvation, though he, by his continuation in sin, shows little concern to uphold his part of the covenant. No, if a person continues to live sinfully, God considers the covenant broken, the man to have denied Him and His Lordship, and He will then disown the man (2 Tim. 2:12), even before His Father in Heaven (Matt. 10:33), even on the Day of Judgement. (Mark 8:38 // Rev. 3:5)

In view of what the Word of God really does teach, is there any loving reason why we should not keep trying to warn those who are depending on getting into Heaven through that which is just a big lie –the OSAS doctrine?

with love,

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