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I have read on the " Do you have to be good thread" , people throwing out their op's on what they think, well, it's not what you or I think. It's what does the LORD say !!! It was answered in the first posts after the thread started. Next,it turned into a loss of salvation thread. Now I know where I'm going when I die and you can too!!! Heres the simple answer, do you trust GOD and take his word for it, or not ? I'm not relying on my op, I'm relying on Gods word. Are you calling God a liar, you are if you say he does'nt mean what he says, KJV 1611 AV, Num. 23:19 God is not a man,that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Now, just stop and think about this a while, Romans and Gal. covers salvation[doctrine] I would also reccommend studying up on the doctrines of Sanctification,Justification, Regeneration, Adoption, and Imputation as well as all the other "tions". This is not Modern Doctrine, it can be traced all the way back to Antioch !! Learn to rightly divide the word of God 2 Tim. 2:15 Don't run to Matt. 5,6,7,24, or 25, Hebrews 6 or 10, Acts 2 or James 2 and last but not least Gal. or Rev. to refute, rightly divide and take God at his word. I know the truth is never popular John 17:17
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... well, it's not what you or I think. It's what does the LORD say !!!
Actually, it's "what does the Lord mean". As St. Hilary of Poitiers once said, "scripture is not in the reading, it's in the understanding".

Differences in Christian beliefs stem from differences in understanding (amongst other things.)
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I'll run to Luke , Luke 12:46
The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
Luke 8:13
They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.

The sins that you commit AFTER baptism are the ones that are not paid for. When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, your sins are washed clean. No need for redemption for anything you have done in the past. Now, that does not apply to things you might do in the FUTURE, there is only one Baptism, so a 2nd Baptism later in life is not possible. To stay in the Grace of God we need Redemption if we sin after Baptism.

For the OSAS to be true, you would have to believe that you can be Baptized at age 12, live your next 80 years sinning every day, Break all of the commandments every day, for 80 years, never repent, never Pray, never attend Church, never do any good for anyone, then die and go straight to Heaven. If you can accept that, you can accept the OSAS Theology.

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When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, your sins are washed clean. No need for redemption for anything you have done in the past. Now, that does not apply to things you might do in the FUTURE
This is wrong on so many levels. The main one being we "got saved by grace, but we need to live by law to keep it". At least that's what the above seems to say. Correct me if I got that wrong, but if not, good grief, no wonder the church of Christ is powerless!! They start in grace/the Spirit, and then live in the power of "themselves" to keep grace!
"Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now perfected by the flesh (or law?)"??

Sorry, saved by grace and kept by grace is brought to mankind by only one final sacrifice by the Lord Jesus.
Should I sin again after my salvation (which I and you and every believer has done), we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, who must needs NEVER die again, and since we are "crucified" with Him, we will never die again spiritually either.

And as to the nonsense about the sinning like a truck driver after grace... well, each believer was born again with a new nature, that nature, the new man, never wants to go against the will of God ever again. Check Romans 7 on that... that chapter is where Paul found out where the power of sin still resides (on our bodies) , and where the victory resides, in our soul and spirit... made perfect by the One offering of the body and blood of Christ, once for all!

If our future sins have to be "paid for" again, that makes a mockery of that one time death and resurrection of the Lord, because the scriptures teach us clearly that our past, present and future sins were ALL covered at the cross; Jesus can never die again.

Also see Rom 6: 1,2.
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But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. (2 Pet 1:9)

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins (Col 2:13)
All our sins were forgiven in a moment’s time when we got born again. If a Christian is afterwards deceived or yields to the devil’s temptations to sin, the following is given as a remedy:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

When a Christian sins, we ask for forgiveness.
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A. D., Luke 12:46 lord or servant, not applicable to you or me with a shoe horn !!! 2nd paragraph, Baptism? Acts 2:38 or 2:4, not nice !! 3rd paragraph, Eph. 2:8-10, and one of your fav"s 1 Tim. 2:5 now go study Imputation{Doctrine} 2 Tim. 2:15-learn to study. Cp, point taken, but I hold in my hands the very word of God, thats my final authority !!
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But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into -He11. (Mat 5:28,29)
Could this person above be a Christian?

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Mat 6:14,15)
But how is this possible, Jesus died on the cross for my sins. My future sins are already forgiven.

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Heb 10:26, 27)

Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (Luke 13:24)
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A. D., Luke 12:46 lord or servant, not applicable to you or me with a shoe horn !!! 2nd paragraph, Baptism? Acts 2:38 or 2:4, not nice !! 3rd paragraph, Eph. 2:8-10, and one of your fav"s 1 Tim. 2:5 now go study Imputation{Doctrine} 2 Tim. 2:15-learn to study. Cp, point taken, but I hold in my hands the very word of God, thats my final authority !!
I'll study Imputation and you are right 1 Tim. 2:5 is one of my favorites.
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... I hold in my hands the very word of God, thats my final authority !!
... as do we all, but you can look through any of the threads on:

OSAS
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... and see that everybody is using that same final authority to argue different positions.
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A. D., Luke 12:46 lord or servant, not applicable to you or me with a shoe horn !!! 2nd paragraph, Baptism? Acts 2:38 or 2:4, not nice !! 3rd paragraph, Eph. 2:8-10, and one of your fav"s 1 Tim. 2:5 now go study Imputation{Doctrine} 2 Tim. 2:15-learn to study. Cp, point taken, but I hold in my hands the very word of God, thats my final authority !!
I wasn't Baptised as in Acts 2:38 but if one receives the Holy Spirit why do I need the gift of "tongues?
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Actually, it's "what does the Lord mean". As St. Hilary of Poitiers once said, "scripture is not in the reading, it's in the understanding".

Differences in Christian beliefs stem from differences in understanding (amongst other things.)
Nailed it again Centerpin...You seem to be the voice of reason on these threads.
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Actually, it's "what does the Lord mean". As St. Hilary of Poitiers once said, "scripture is not in the reading, it's in the understanding".

Differences in Christian beliefs stem from differences in understanding (amongst other things.)
What does the Lord say or what does the Lord mean is the same thing. The Lord means what he says.
I agree it's the differences in understanding but how do we reconcile these differences? Could we somehow reconcile the original church?
We could all reunite to the Orthodox Church or whatever the original Church is.
Perhaps we could have a new council at Nicaea.
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A. D., Luke 12:46 lord or servant, not applicable to you or me with a shoe horn !!! 2nd paragraph, Baptism? Acts 2:38 or 2:4, not nice !! 3rd paragraph, Eph. 2:8-10, and one of your fav"s 1 Tim. 2:5 now go study Imputation{Doctrine} 2 Tim. 2:15-learn to study. Cp, point taken, but I hold in my hands the very word of God, thats my final authority !!
Barryl, i've been studying Imputation and it is an interesting concept of looking at salvation like accounting if you will. We are born with a debt(sin), our account is wiped clean(cross), and our account is given a credit.
The credit part, naturally is what i'm having trouble with.
Can you list some verses about this credit?
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Assurance is a matter of faith. If you doubt, you are essentially asking Jesus to come back and die again for you. He died "once" and he is coming back, but not to do it over for those who doubt, but to take with him those who are his. See Heb 6:6, 9:28. But is faith blind? No, faith comes from a careful evaluation. Do you trust your own merit? or would you rather take hold of the hope held out in the gospel. "How shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation".
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Nailed it again Centerpin...You seem to be the voice of reason on these threads.
....or sarcasm, depending on the day
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Barryl, i've been studying Imputation and it is an interesting concept of looking at salvation like accounting if you will. We are born with a debt(sin), our account is wiped clean(cross), and our account is given a credit.
The credit part, naturally is what i'm having trouble with.
Can you list some verses about this credit?
The book of Romans and Gal.
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I've always been amazed at some people's/group's preoccupation with this subject.
It certainly wasn't a subject that any of the apostles or disciples taught in book of Acts.
The subject itself is not taught in Romans or any of the other writings.
OSAS is a phrase I never ever speak or hear until I get on this forum. I don't study it in the Bible, and I don't need it to find comfort and assurance of my own salvation.
Jesus is the Lord of my life, that's why I know I'm going to heaven.

"Assurance of Salvation??" Someplace in America tonight, there's bound to be small groups of people gathered together, drinking, using drugs, dealing with hangovers, etc. At some point they'll get into a discussion of God and religion. At least a few of them, thought they've never even accepted Jesus as their Lord, will claim they are "certain" they are 'as saved as anybody else'.
Your "assurance" means nothing to God unless it's based upon Christ as your Lord.
Remember what Jesus said: "Not all who say unto me Lord Lord will enter into the kingdom of God, but he that......... what now, what did he say?..... You know what he said.

No one will ever enter heaven because they worked themselves there.
No one will ever be in heaven because of OSASed.

They'll be there because Jesus was the Lord of their life and they had become His disciple.
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Specifically???????
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Here's a good one from Gal. (Speaking to Christians)

Galatians 5:4: 'You are separated from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by Law, you have fallen from grace."
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Nailed it again Centerpin...You seem to be the voice of reason on these threads.
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For the OSAS to be true, you would have to believe that you can be Baptized at age 12, live your next 80 years sinning every day, Break all of the commandments every day, for 80 years, never repent, never Pray, never attend Church, never do any good for anyone, then die and go straight to Heaven.
That is about the worst description of OSAS I think I've ever read.

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I've always been amazed at some people's/group's preoccupation with this subject.
It certainly wasn't a subject that any of the apostles or disciples taught in book of Acts.
The subject itself is not taught in Romans or any of the other writings.
OSAS is a phrase I never ever speak or hear until I get on this forum. I don't study it in the Bible, and I don't need it to find comfort and assurance of my own salvation.
Jesus is the Lord of my life, that's why I know I'm going to heaven.

Doctrine is important to discuss RonnieT. If it isn't taught or discussed, you end up with spiritual babes who are immature and open to being swept away by false teachers.

And...as far as Acts goes, Doctrine was brought up. Look at chapter 15. Didn't take long for a division about how works play a part in Salvation to come up.

Also, why was I John written?
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[quote=Ronnie T;6884607]Specifically???????[Take a deep breath, SOTERIOLOGY- Doctrine of Salvation Romans ch. 1-5 If you need more refer to thread start./QUOTE]
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[quote=Ronnie T;6884621]Here's a good one from Gal. (Speaking to Christians)

Galatians 5:4: 'You are separated from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by Law, you have fallen from grace."[I'll go ahead and remind you to RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF GOD 2 tim. 2:15. Here we go, you who attempt to be JUSTIFIED BY LAW. Problem- mingling grace and Law, read the whole Chapter and put it in its proper context. A text without a context is a pretext. If you read a little further, Gal. 5:9 is a good'un too. By the way, what person in their right mind would want Salvation, if they could'nt be ASSURED of it !!!!!!! Sounds like a PRIDE thing to me!!! /QUOTE]
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I've always been amazed at some people's/group's preoccupation with this subject.
It certainly wasn't a subject that any of the apostles or disciples taught in book of Acts.
The subject itself is not taught in Romans or any of the other writings.
OSAS is a phrase I never ever speak or hear until I get on this forum. le.
There's always going to be some kind of subject or doctrine that denominations will hang their hats on to justify themselves of being "Gods true people".
I never heard of Osas either....cause I never heard anyone dispute it until the Pentecostal movement grew and made its way in my area.To me the idea of losing salvation is relatively new, and I don't read about it in the Bible, and the saints of old that I have read and studied their insight to Gods word..I never found where they address the idea either way.
I strongly believe that Once you are born into Gods kingdom you are a new creature forever....but I can worship with and love my brothers and sisters that think they can lose that....as I tell my buddy that believes that way, I don't care how many times you nuts have to be saved as long as you get it right at least once.
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Here's a good one from Gal. (Speaking to Christians)

Galatians 5:4: 'You are separated from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by Law, you have fallen from grace."[I'll go ahead and remind you to RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF GOD 2 tim. 2:15. Here we go, you who attempt to be JUSTIFIED BY LAW. Problem- mingling grace and Law, read the whole Chapter and put it in its proper context. A text without a context is a pretext. If you read a little further, Gal. 5:9 is a good'un too. By the way, what person in their right mind would want Salvation, if they could'nt be ASSURED of it !!!!!!! Sounds like a PRIDE thing to me!!! /QUOTE]
I wouldn't mind discussing the entire chapter with you if we live near enough to meet.
The Galation Christians are being invaded by false teachers and some in the church are falling for their teachings.

Born again, believing, Christians were being drawn into trusting in circumcision of the LAW as salvation. Rather than trusting in Jesus, they were trusting in "THE LAW" again.

Chap 5 is a high point in Paul's teachings to them in this letter.
In verse 4 Paul says that for any of them to attempt to be justified by the Law will separate them from Christ and they will thereby fall from grace.

*Note: A special calling by you to me for me to rightly divide the word will not prove you right and me wrong.
Let's discuss scripture.

And I can promise you that I'm not a person filled with pride. Oops, I guess that proves that I am. I got sins and shortcomings that I'd rather not share. I don't have a lot of confidence in myself, but I do in the One who's perfect.
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[quote=hobbs27;6885718]There's always going to be some kind of subject or doctrine that denominations will hang their hats on to justify themselves of being "Gods true people".
I never heard of Osas either....cause I never heard anyone dispute it until the Pentecostal movement grew and made its way in my area.To me the idea of losing salvation is relatively new, and I don't read about it in the Bible, and the saints of old that I have read and studied their insight to Gods word..I never found where they address the idea either way.
I strongly believe that Once you are born into Gods kingdom you are a new creature forever....but I can worship with and love my brothers and sisters that think they can lose that....as I tell my buddy that believes that way, I don't care how many times you nuts have to be saved as long as you get it right at least once.[It goes back to 1901 Topeka, Kansas or 1905 Azusa St. Mission !! Good post Hobbs/QUOTE]
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barryl, you gotta learn to use that quote function. You're leaving off the "[" in front of the "/QUOTE]".

OK, after rereading your post, you didn't leave it off. You've just got it in the wrong place:

[It goes back to 1901 Topeka, Kansas or 1905 Azusa St. Mission !! Good post Hobbs/QUOTE]
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No need to apologize. It just makes it hard to distinguish what you said from what you're quoting.
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Hum. There is perhaps in general two readings of the same scipture that will give different meaning.

If one reads from the perspective of this-for-that, -t'it-for-tat, cause and effect---one gets a meaning in keeping with the reading, or a this-for-that meaning.

If one reads from the perspective of grace for grace, or this for this, a meaning will be different than the above meaning.

The same sun shines, the same light lights up differently these two different worlds.

Perhaps.

Luke 1:18-20

And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."



And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."

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I never heard of OSAS or the elect growing up in a Baptist Church. My sister believes in OSAS. I reckon the whole world believes in OSAS except me and Ronnie. I was taught that I was responsible for my own actions. I was taught that God would Punish me if I did wrong. It kept me in line knowing God would punish me. If i had believed in OSAS as a teenager, wow!
This was a Southern Baptist Church but most of my beliefs were from my Mom as it was her job to do the child rearing. She wasn't allowed to wear shorts, play cards, say "I swear" or "you're lying", etc. growing up. Her grandparents raised her and the went to New Hope Baptist Church in Ambrose, Georgia.
It's weird to me how whole belief systems can change & evolve over time. I wonder if the members of New Hope follow my Great Grandparents beliefs.
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I reckon the whole world believes in OSAS except me and Ronnie.
Not quite. The "non-OSAS" group is pretty big.
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Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
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I never heard of OSAS or the elect growing up in a Baptist Church. My sister believes in OSAS. I reckon the whole world believes in OSAS except me and Ronnie.
It doesn't really matter, while you guys try to live the best you can to maintain your salvation... we try to live the best we can to maintain obedience to our Father.

Two things I've never got a straight answer on from folks that believe in salvation coming and going though is,

1.If we are saved by grace which is an undeserving love, How can we become too undeserving of grace?

2.God doesn't make mistakes, so why would he apply the blood of Christ to you...knowing he's just going to have to take it away?

I suspect you guys look to examples of those that have confessed Christ, yet haven't truly recieved him. I've heard numerous testimonies of people that have been decieved by man.Whether they have been drug down to an altar, told to repeat a prayer, or sign a card...Later on in their life God called and they answered truly, and got it right.
Many probably took the word of man they were saved, and went on to live without Christ...Those are the ones I suspect you think lost their salvation for they are living in the world. That's just my opinion, and for myself I will continue praying, reading, and asking for the Holy Spirit to guide the way for my understanding.
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Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.

Refrain:

This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.

Perfect submission, perfect delight,
Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;
Angels, descending, bring from above
Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

Perfect submission, all is at rest,
I in my Savior am happy and blest,
Watching and waiting, looking above,
Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.
One of my favorites, use to sing it alot growing up. My beliefs have also changed/evolved over time. I still like the song though. Now, thanks to you, i'll think about this next time I sing it. (No hard feelings)
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It doesn't really matter, while you guys try to live the best you can to maintain your salvation... we try to live the best we can to maintain obedience to our Father.

Two things I've never got a straight answer on from folks that believe in salvation coming and going though is,

1.If we are saved by grace which is an undeserving love, How can we become too undeserving of grace?

2.God doesn't make mistakes, so why would he apply the blood of Christ to you...knowing he's just going to have to take it away?
I'll have to think about question #1, but #2 is: If God doesn't make any mistakes and died for everyone, why are some people still going to He11? That wasn't an answer to #2, ok let me try again: Salvation is a gift from God. God will never ask for his gift back. Short answer: You can give it back. Why? Freewill. You have "Blessed Assurance" if you want it.
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It doesn't really matter, while you guys try to live the best you can to maintain your salvation... we try to live the best we can to maintain obedience to our Father.

Two things I've never got a straight answer on from folks that believe in salvation coming and going though is,

1.If we are saved by grace which is an undeserving love, How can we become too undeserving of grace?

2.God doesn't make mistakes, so why would he apply the blood of Christ to you...knowing he's just going to have to take it away?

I suspect you guys look to examples of those that have confessed Christ, yet haven't truly recieved him. I've heard numerous testimonies of people that have been decieved by man.Whether they have been drug down to an altar, told to repeat a prayer, or sign a card...Later on in their life God called and they answered truly, and got it right.
Many probably took the word of man they were saved, and went on to live without Christ...Those are the ones I suspect you think lost their salvation for they are living in the world. That's just my opinion, and for myself I will continue praying, reading, and asking for the Holy Spirit to guide the way for my understanding.
I have heard this definition my whole life..... unmerited favor.... but I have come to the conclusion it is probably the worst definition you can use for grace. All of God's gifts to us are undeserved love, or unmerited favor.

Did I deserve to be saved? No. Healed? no. My health? no. There is no gift from God that I deserve.

Mike Franklin probably has the best definition of grace I have heard.

Grace = God's power in me, doing for me, what I can not do for myself.

Just a thought......
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Those following the Arminian Theological position base their belief that a person that was once saved can later fall from grace and lose that salvation. Among major groups that follow this teaching are the Weslyans, the Methodists, and the Nazarenes. I thought Baptist were Arminian.

2 Peter 1:10 states, "Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble.

They believe you must practise the "Christian Life". Goodbye Baptist, Hello Methodist. Uh-oh, they don't dunk. Still looking.
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I suspect you guys look to examples of those that have confessed Christ, yet haven't truly recieved him.
This is actually one of you guys reasonings. If a Christians goes off the deep end and rapes or murders someone, then he was never a Christian. This is a form of OSAS Lite Edition:

OSAS Lite

I call it "Lite" as a tongue in cheek kind of joke regarding to popular beers and alchohols, it still causes a drunken stupor, but with half the calories! This version teaches that a person is saved forever just by their little moment of faith, however, if they commit heinous sinful acts, then they were never really saved to begin with. The OSAS Lite crowd has the same cookie-cutter answers to just about every verse used to refute them. Usually their sneaky way out when I confront them on people backsliding, or falling into evil, turning from God etc. is to answer something along the lines of "They were never saved to begin with, or they wouldn't have done [evil deed] but once a person is really saved, then they can never become unsaved and will never [evil deed] for the rest of their life." It's very clever, but not irrefutable, here are the verses that the OSAS Lite folks cannot answer:....

http://www.thejesuscommandment.com/osas.html

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Without quoting a lot of scriptures, please let me share my perspective as a person who does not subscribe to 'once saved always saved'.

I believe every Christian should be able to have confidence in their salvation. No disciple of Christ should ever go to bed at night worried that their salvation has been taken away. Committing sin will certainly not seperate a person from Christ, for Christ will forgive our sins. If a person is seeking Christ, they should probably have assurance of salvation.

Now, I can only speak for myself, because I cannot know the heart or history of any other person.
I cannot tell you if I've ever known any person who was once saved but has now lost it. No person is my servant so I freely allow God to make those calls. So I cannot tell you if I've ever met someone who was once saved, but now isn't. I don't know those things.

I know people who were at one time faithful to the Lord's church, but have now destroyed their marriage, childrens lives and their own lives. They now live horrible lives. They are horrible people. I don't know if they were ever truly saved, or if they will return to the Lord before death. Not my job.

When I read and study the Bible(in context, rightly divided) I find at least two places where Jew's became Christians, enjoyed the grace found in Jesus, experienced the heavenly gifts that are found in Jesus, but then turned back to their old Jewish beliefs and stopped believing in the grace and mercy of Jesus. The Bible writer states that, for those of them who have turned away from the grace of Jesus, their remains no more hope for them.

I also believe the Bible tells me that God has left me with the power to make decisions. And one of the greatest decisions he has left to me is my decision to love Him forever. God will not make that decision for me, and God will not force me to make that continual decision. God wants it to be my decision. He wants my free love and devotion.

That "Love" comes from me, everything else is only possible through God's touch in my life.

I don't live for Christ so that I can earn my way to heaven.
I don't live for Christ so that I can pay Christ back.

I live for Christ because I've become His disciple, and He lives in me.

I would never want someone to die and go to hel l because they 'thought' they got saved 30 years ago and today they read about 'once saved always saved'.

People like me don't believe a person earns their way to heaven. You get to heaven by knowing the landlord.
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This was a Southern Baptist Church but most of my beliefs were from my Mom as it was her job to do the child rearing. She wasn't allowed to wear shorts, play cards, say "I swear" or "you're lying", etc. growing up. Her grandparents raised her and the went to New Hope Baptist Church in Ambrose, Georgia.
Funny....I grew up in Ambrose and lived right around the corner from the church.
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The subject of the law has come up in this thread, and I believe it could help this discussion again. Allow my puny brain a question to believers here:

When you are tempted with sin, coveting/lust, for example, do you...

make the choice not to sin because the bible says not to?

or do you...

make the choice not to sin because you are free?




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Funny....I grew up in Ambrose and lived right around the corner from the church.
Nice little town, I've got a lot of family buried at New Hope, they migrated down from Upson County.
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You guys make this pretty complex. I find it simple. My son does not stop being my son when he does wrong. He is still my son and he gets disciplined. Now I love him and he could run away and I never see him again. He will still be my son and I will still and always love him. Now I am just a man. Imperfect. But my love for my boy is constant.

How much more so with God? He may chastise, etc. but nothing, and I mean nothing shall pluck them out of his hand.
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This is actually one of you guys reasonings. If a Christians goes off the deep end and rapes or murders someone, then he was never a Christian. This is a form of OSAS Lite Edition:

OSAS Lite

I call it "Lite" as a tongue in cheek kind of joke regarding to popular beers and alchohols, it still causes a drunken stupor, but with half the calories! This version teaches that a person is saved forever just by their little moment of faith, however, if they commit heinous sinful acts, then they were never really saved to begin with. The OSAS Lite crowd has the same cookie-cutter answers to just about every verse used to refute them. Usually their sneaky way out when I confront them on people backsliding, or falling into evil, turning from God etc. is to answer something along the lines of "They were never saved to begin with, or they wouldn't have done [evil deed] but once a person is really saved, then they can never become unsaved and will never [evil deed] for the rest of their life." It's very clever, but not irrefutable, here are the verses that the OSAS Lite folks cannot answer:....

http://www.thejesuscommandment.com/osas.html
At the end of this link you provided the guy suggests those that believe as I do are not Real Christians....
Ive read your posts and felt the spirit in your words, and I don't suggest you are not a Real Christian for your beliefs, but some that believe in Salvation just coming and going, I wonder sometimes if they aren't trying to do the impossible by attempting to live free of sin just to prove to themselves they are saved.
The night Jesus saved me, I was twelve years old and let me tell you...There's no question as to what happened.It was the most spiritual experience I've ever had...I don't think experiences like that just come and go...I fear some that are trying to live it to prove to themselves are lacking something...Too many folks are being misled by being drug down to altars, told to just repeat this prayer, or sign this card..or just confess Jesus....I wish the whole world could share with me what Jesus gave to me that night!
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At the end of this link you provided the guy suggests those that believe as I do are not Real Christians....
Ive read your posts and felt the spirit in your words, and I don't suggest you are not a Real Christian for your beliefs, but some that believe in Salvation just coming and going, I wonder sometimes if they aren't trying to do the impossible by attempting to live free of sin just to prove to themselves they are saved.
The night Jesus saved me, I was twelve years old and let me tell you...There's no question as to what happened.It was the most spiritual experience I've ever had...I don't think experiences like that just come and go...I fear some that are trying to live it to prove to themselves are lacking something...Too many folks are being misled by being drug down to altars, told to just repeat this prayer, or sign this card..or just confess Jesus....I wish the whole world could share with me what Jesus gave to me that night!
I don't agree with everything the guy was saying in the link. It was just provided for reference.I've heard preachers say certain denominations weren't real Christians because they were baptised wrong etc. I personally would never try to guess anyones salvation let alone say whether they are a Christian or not.
Please forgive me if I come across as doing that.
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I went back and re-read his closing statements. I would say he went overboard with some of his remarks.
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From the top, Do you trust in the FINISHED work of the Lord Jesus Christ ? Before you answer,take a few minutes to study the doctrines of Salvation{Soteriology} Adoption{changed position}, Regeneration { a changed nature},Justification {a changed standing}, sanctification{a changed character}, Imputation{sinner is charged with Christ's righteousness and Jesus Christ is charged with his sins}. If you ever get hold of these things you will never doubt your salvation. You will know the difference between a charasmatic experience or feeling and Bible regeneration. You will know when a man is lying to you when he is quoting the Scripture or when a man is trying to decieve you by quoting Scripture. Work of Righteuosness Isaiah 32:17 KJV 1611 AV Do you trust Gods perfect righteuosness, The Lord Jesus Christ, or are you trusting your own selfrighteousness ? Only two knows, you and God !! Its been mentioned earlier that assurance does'nt mean much to God, go ask him, I believe you will find out whether it does or not !! Now go and get alone with God, get it worked out with him and his son 2 Cor. 5:21 KJV 1611 AV You can know ! Knowing will make you an effective witness for Christ !!!!
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I went back and re-read his closing statements. I would say he went overboard with some of his remarks.
Agree, and I know you don't judge as he did.How about a non-alcoholic cheers?
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Nice little town, I've got a lot of family buried at New Hope, they migrated down from Upson County.
When I moved from Ambrose gas was .50 cent a gallon...I still have a lot of kin folk that live in Coffee Co.
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