The Once Saved, Always Saved Lie
Scripture clearly states that "He That Endureth to the End Shall Be Saved."
Matit'Yah 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
Matit'Yah 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Makabi 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
Yah'akov 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which Mashiyach hath promised to them that love him.
1 Yochanan 2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
It is common for our evangelical friends to use biblical passages like Ephesians 1:12-14 and Yochanan 10:27-30 as prooftexts to prop up the idea that we can never fall from a saved condition. This is commonly referred to as a "once saved/always saved" perspective. Theologians call it the doctrine of "perseverance" or "eternal security."
Yochanan 10 says, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand."
The above passage contain marvelous promises and are absolutely true, but we cannot simply isolate scriptures that we want and ignore the rest. Scripture interprets scripture, and these promises must be understood in light of the entire context of the Scriptures. Following is just one of several verses applying to this subject that many Evangelicals are reluctant to discuss:
For if they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of Adonai Yahushua ha Mashiyach, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the kodesh commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
II Kefa 2:20-22
So what is the meaning of the above passages? Yochanan 10 gives believers a marvelous promise of eternal life saying, "no one can snatch them out of my hand." In other words, no other human being can determine your eternal destiny. Once Elohim has granted you eternal life, it is only by exercising your free will to reject the gospel that you could be lost. Each person will be judged according to their own individual response to Mashiyach, his Disciples (not Paul) and his Prophet's gospel.
II Peter warns us that those who have had the "knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" can be "overcome." Kefa goes on to say, "the latter end is worse with them than the beginning."
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and at once with joy receiveth it; 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. He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the Word; and the care of this world, and he becometh unfruitful.
On at least two occasions, Yahushua, our Adonai, promised eternal life to those who endure to the end:
..... but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.
But he that shall endure to the end, the same shall be saved.
Once you have found that pearl of great price, that precious gospel, Yahushua calls you to "endure to the end".
You may ask, "How do you have an assurance of Salvation if you believe one can fall from grace?" You don't really and you shouldn't. That keeps us humble, obedient and keeps things in the proper perspective. But, if you do Believe and you do Elohim's will to the best of your ability the rest of your life, that Yahushua showed us how to do through his lifetime, then we have absolute assurance by the power of Elohim's Ruach ha Kodesh and His promises implicit in scripture that if I died today, He would accept me into His kingdom. There is no doubt in my mind. I would have to openly reject Mashiyach's direct gospel (follow Pauline or some other perverted doctrine) in order to jeopardize my Salvation in any way. Scripture is clear on this. I trust in the promises of Yahushua ha Mashiyach my Adonai.
In light of passages like II Kefa 2, are you concerned about evangelical churches that offer false guarantees of salvation? The idea of enduring to the end is a vital element of Mashiyach's gospel. Please do not be deceived by a gospel of "acceptance." Once you have found that precious gospel, you must faithfully endure to the end. Click Here and learn the True Way to Salvation.