Once saved, always saved.How do we respond to such a claim? Could it be true? Let us inquire.
Gospel of John 3:18 - "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
Gospel of John 3:19 - "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
Gospel of John 3:20 - "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."
Gospel of John 3:21 - "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."
First Epistle of St. John 1:5 - "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all."
First Epistle of St. John 1:6 - "If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:"
First Epistle of St. John 1:7 - "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin."
First Epistle of St. John 1:8 - "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us."
First Epistle of St. John 1:9 - "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
First Epistle of St. John 1:10 - "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us."
Second Epistle of St. Peter 2:20 - "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning."
Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians 2:3 - "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away* first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;"* ("falling away" is the English translated term chosen by the translators of the King James Version from the original Greek word, "apostasia", found in the original Greek version of the Epistle of St. Paul to the Thessalonians. "apostasia" may also be accurately translated into English as the word, "defection")Gospel of Matthew 13:3 - "And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;" 4 - "And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:" 5 - "Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:" 6 - "And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away." 7 - "And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:" 8 - "But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold." 9 - "Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." 10 - "And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?" 11 - "He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." 12 - "For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath." 13 - "Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand." 14 - "And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:" 15 - "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." 16 - "But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear." 17 - "For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them."
Then Jesus explains the parable: Gospel of Matthew 13:18 - "Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower." 19 - "When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side." 20 - "But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;" 21 - "Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended." 22 - "He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful." 23 - "But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty." Glory to You, Lord, Glory to You.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?This Truth, indeed, tells us that God the Holy Spirit resides in us as long as we remain in the Body of Christ and in the Grace of the Holy Spirit. This is only possible when we continually partake of the Mystical Graces of the Holy Spirit of God, taking care to confess our sins often and repent of them. Then our Lord Jesus Christ "will be faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John, Chapter 1, Verse 9. Confession, on our parts, dear brethren, is a condition of our own free will exercise. Our failure to do that makes our body unfit for God to reside in it, and we, therefore, become separated from God during our journey in the darkness of the world and the things of the world. For those who pursue this journey into darkness, walk into great peril and condemnation: "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil." Gospel of John Chapter 3, Verse 19. Holy Scripture gives us an example of just such a situation in the example of the Nicolaitans.
Chapter 2, Verse 16: Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
"1. At this time the so-called sect of the Nicolaitans made its appearance and lasted for a very short time. Mention is made of it in the Apocalypse of John. They boasted that the author of their sect was Nicolaus, one of the deacons who, with Stephen, were appointed by the apostles for the purpose of ministering to the poor. Clement of Alexandria, in the third book of his Stromata, relates the following things concerning him.Tertullian has this to say about the Nicolaitans in his treatice "Against all Heresies":
2. "They say that he had a beautiful wife, and after the ascension of the Saviour, being accused by the apostles of jealousy, he led her into their midst and gave permission to any one that wished to marry her. For they say that this was in accord with that saying of his, that one ought to abuse the flesh. And those that have followed his heresy, imitating blindly and foolishly that which was done and said, commit fornication without shame.
3. But I understand that Nicolaus had to do with no other woman than her to whom he was married, and that, so far as his children are concerned, his daughters continued in a state of virginity until old age, and his son remained uncorrupt. If this is so, when he brought his wife, whom he jealously loved, into the midst of the apostles, he was evidently renouncing his passion; and when he used the expression, "to abuse the flesh," he was inculcating self-control in the face of those pleasures that are eagerly pursued. For I suppose that, in accordance with the command of the Saviour, he did not wish to serve two masters, pleasure and the Lord.
4. But they say that Matthias also taught in the same manner that we ought to fight against and abuse the flesh, and not give way to it for the sake of pleasure, but strengthen the soul by faith and knowledge." So much concerning those who then attempted to pervert the truth, but in less time than it has taken to tell it became entirely extinct.
A brother heretic emerged in Nicolaus. He was one of the seven deacons who were appointed in the Acts of the Apostles. He affirms that Darkness was seized with a concupiscence "and, indeed, a foul and obscene one" after Light: out of this permixture it is a shame to say what fetid and unclean (combinations arose). The rest (of his tenets), too, are obscene. For he tells of certain Aeons, sons of turpitude, and of conjunctions of execrable and obscene embraces and permixtures, and certain yet baser outcomes of these. He teaches that there were born, moreover, daemons, and gods, and spirits seven, and other things sufficiently sacrilegious. alike and foul, which we blush to recount, and at once pass them by. Enough it is for us that this heresy of the Nicolaitans has been condemned by the Apocalypse of the Lord with the weightiest authority attaching to a sentence, in saying "Because this thou holdest, thou hatest the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which I too hate."
Moreover, also, there has broken out another heresy also, which is called that of the Cainites. And the reason is, that they magnify Cain as if he had been conceived of some potent Virtue which operated in him; for Abel had been procreated after being conceived of an inferior Virtue, and accordingly had been found inferior. They who assert this likewise defend the traitor Judas, telling us that he is admirable and great, because of the advantages he is vaunted to have conferred on mankind; for some of them think that thanksgiving is to be rendered to Judas on this account: viz., Judas, they say, observing that Christ wished to subvert the truth, betrayed Him, in order that there might be no possibility of truth's being subverted. And others thus dispute against them, and say: Because the powers of this world were unwilling that Christ should suffer, lest through His death salvation should be prepared for mankind, he, consulting for the salvation of mankind, betrayed Christ, in order that there might be no possibility at all of the salvation being impeded, which was being impeded through the Virtues which were opposing Christ's passion; and thus, through the passion of Christ, there might be no possibility of the salvation of mankind being retarded.
Nicolaitans, in church history, Christian heretics who assumed this name from Nicolas of Antioch; who, being a Gentile by birth, first embraced Judaism, and then Christianity; when his zeal and devotion recommended him to the church of Jerusalem, by whom he was chosen one of the first deacons. Many of the primitive writers believe that Nicolas was rather the occasion than the author of the infamous practices of those who assumed his name, who were expressly condemned by the Spirit of God himself. Rev. ii, 6. [21st Century Editor's comment: The deeds of the Nicolaitans were condemned by Jesus Christ our Lord, Who appeared to the Servant of God John (the beloved Apostle, author of the Gospel of John, and Evangelist) at the Island of Patmos in the 1st Century A.D.] And indeed their opinions and actions were highly extravagent and criminal. They allowed a community of wives; made no difference between ordinary meats and those offered to idols. According to Eusebius, they subsisted but a short time; but Tertullian says, that they only changed their name, and that their heresies passed into the sect of the Cainians.About the Cainians, the same publication states:
Cainians, or Cainites, in church-history, Christian heretics, that sprung up about the year 150, and took their name from Cain, whom they looked upon as their head and father: They said that he was formed by a celestial and almighty power, and that Abel was made but by a weak one.The Nicolaitans and Cainites had certainly brought in elements of gnosticism, which the same publication defines as follows:
This sect adopted all that was impure in the heresy of the gnostics, and other heretics of those times: They acknowledged a power superior to that of the Creator; the former they called Wisdom, the latter, inferior virtue: They had a particular veneration for Korah, Abiram, Esau, Lot, the Sodomites, and especially Judas, because his treachery occasioned the death of Jesus Christ: They even made use of a gospel, which bore that false apostle's name.
Gnostics, in church-history, Christian heretics so called, it being a name which almost all the ancient heretics affected to take, to express that new knowledge and extraordinary light to which they made pretensions; the word gnostic signifying a learned or enlightened person.So, why is so much time spent here talking about the Nicolaitans, Cainites, etc.? Well, if the eternal-security teachers are correct, why is it that our Lord Jesus Christ would tell the Church of Ephesus that He will remove its candlestick out of its place, except it repents?
Antinomians, in church-history, certain heretics who first appeared about the year 1535; so called, because they rejected the law, as of no use under the gospel-dispensation, with other doctrines equally absurd.
* Noetic eyes are the eyes of the soul.