The unbiblical doctrine of “Once saved always saved” has been around for a long time. It first came into play when the serpent in the garden of Eden said “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4). That is the same as what the eternal security camp say today. If you disobey God “Ye shall surely not die” because you’re once saved always saved. Yet this is nowhere in the scriptures. In fact the scriptures show we can be on the road to Kingdom/The narrow path, and then back on the road to the Lake of fire/The broad path. As James so clearly shows here;
James 5:19-20 says, “19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
These two verses prove:
1) Someone from among the brethren can wander from the truth
2) Such a person is a sinner
3) Such a person is still able to turn from the error of his way
4) If he does, his soul is saved from death and his sins are covered
1) Once Saved, Always Saved is wrong
2) One can be on his way to the Kingdom of Heaven, get off that path and get on the path to Hell
3) Such a person can also get back off the path to Hell and get back on the path to the Kingdom of Heaven.
(Thanks to Kerrigan Skelly)
Ezekeil 3:17-21 Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
20 Again, When a righteous [man] doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous [man], that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.
And then again:
Ezekiel 18:26 When a righteous [man] turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.
27 Again, when the wicked [man] turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive.
28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die.
With ‘righteous’ being in a right standing with God it refers to a saved man in contrast to the wicked man mentioned in these two instances. That is why James and Ezekiel both talk to the importance of us being diligent in keeping our brothers straight and thus safe from death. Ezekiel’s reference to death is in the spiritual sense.
Additional passages against the lie of Eden aka OSAS.
“If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered, and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned” (Jn. 15:6)
“Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the goodness and the severity of God: on them which feel, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off” (Rom. 11:20-21).
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway” (1 Cor. 9:27). This is not, as most suggest, just a loss of rewards. For if we continue to on to 1 Corinthians 10, we see that the situation, and context, was the disobedient Israelites who were destroyed in the wilderness.
(There are many more passages but these are enough)
A parable from Christ.
“Matthew 18: 23. Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.
24. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.
25. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.
26. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
27. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.
28. But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.
29. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.
30. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.
31. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.
32. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:
33. Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?
34. And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.
35. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.”
The truth of this parable in short terms is your sins can be bought back upon you.