Doctrine

Once Saved, Always Saved.

There is much discussion among Christians about faith and works and how they relate to one’s salvation. There are many Biblical verses that clearly mean what this one simply states. “And it shall be that everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”  (Acts 2:21; Joel 2:32) 

The apostle James wrote words that throw a scare into some folks by shaking their sense of security. “For just as the body without the Spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” (James 2:26) Lack of love was the context of this statement, and meant for self-evaluation, not to undermine the security of others.

When in doubt read the directions from the beginning. God spoke. Abram believed and obeyed. It is not one without the other if we want the blessing. “Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him.” (Genesis 12:4)

I suppose Abram could have said, “I’m not interested in being blessed or in being a blessing, find someone else.” Apostle Paul tells us the fate of one who is saved by faith in Christ, but suffers the loss of blessings. (1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

Eternity is a long time to suffer self-inflicted poverty.