Saturday, 7 August 2010
ONCE SAVED; ALWAYS SAVED? 
Hello again folks! There's a spot of 'controversy' over on Bob Mitchell's excellent blog: SHOFAR MINISTRIES regarding not only the subject of questioning the 'Pre-Trib' rapture but now that other sacred cow: 'Once Saved; Always Saved'. In any case; today I've decided to re-post my blog: ONCE SAVED; ALWAYS SAVED? [http://kjs-heresywatch.blogspot.com/2008/06/once-saved-always-saved.html] from 25-June-2008 for your re-perusal:
"Hello again folks ... please have a look at this home Bible study outline I once preached/taught about that 'controversial' scripture; Hebrews chapter 6; verses 4-6.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened , and have tasted  of the heavenly  gift , and were made partakers  of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted  the good word of God, and the powers  of the world to come, If they shall fall away , to renew  them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” [Hebrews 6:4-6]
 ENLIGHTENED; “photizo” [Strongs: 5461]; “phos” 
to shed rays; to shine; to brighten up; enlighten; illuminate; bring or give light; make to see.
* refer also Ephesians 1:18 *
 TASTED; “geuomai” 
to taste; eat; experience
* refer also Hebrews 2:9; I Peter 2:3 *
 HEAVENLY; “epouranios” ; “epi” ; “ouranos” 
above the sky; celestial; in heaven; high; happiness; power; eternity; [the] Gospel
* refer also Hebrews 12:22 *
 GIFT; “dorea” ; “doron” 
gratuity; present; sacrifice; offering; gift
* refer also Ephesians 2:8 *
 PARTAKERS; “metochos” ; “metecho” 
participant; sharer; associate; fellow; partner; belong to; pertain; take part; use
* refer also Hebrews 3:14 *
 POWERS; “dunamis” ; “dunamai” 
force; miraculous power; miracle; ability; abundance; meaning; might; power; strength; violence; mighty [wonderful] work
* refer also Romans 8:38 *
 FALL AWAY; “parapipto” ; “para” ; “pipto” 
fall aside; apostatize; fall way [fail]; fall down; light on
* refer also Romans 11:11-12  *
 RENEW; “anakainizo” ; “ana” ; “kainos” 
to restore; renew
* refer also Romans 12:2  *
The question of "once saved; always saved" is addressed here; in my own personal opinion. Even what "once saved; always saved" itself needs defining before one goes any further. The ultimate answer to this is found in John chapter 15; which I will paraphrase thus: Stay in the Vine and you'll stay Mine; drop off the Vine and you'll be in the wine[press] of God's wrath."
To re-iterate an earlier point - in my personal opinion; you'd have to go an awful long way [literally] to get to the point of forfeiting your salvation a la Judas Iscariot. Take a look at the case of one Charles Templeton; a one-time evangelistic associate of Billy Graham and latter day author of the book: "Farewell to God". Do we then contend that this man wasn't saved in the first place? We always have to factor in the loose cannon of free will my friends. Despite the breadth and depth and height of God's Grace.
Real Bereans [Acts 17:11] are truly needed; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED and watch that periphery!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... KJS ... 07-Aug-2010