John 3:16 says "For God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
My heart is stirred, and I just want to put this out here so the truth of the matter based on God's word can be seen, for anyone who is interested. If we choose to abandon our belief in Christ the Lord & Savior we will perish; "once saved always saved" is a contradiction of God's promise in that it insinuates that we can continue in sin and grace will still abound in our lives, but this is not the case.
Romans 6:1&2 says "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
Only by maintaining our faith in Jesus Christ, staying full of His Word & Spirit, can we keep our salvation and secure our election into His Kingdom:
"Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling." (Philippians 2:12)
"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:" (2 Peter 1:10)
As long as our faith is in Christ, and we are actively relying on Him for salvation, doing our best to live for Him, we will make it to heaven, because that is God's promise and that is why He saved us. If I willingly neglect Christ, and what His word asks of me, then this is evidence that I don't love Jesus:
"He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." (John 14:21)
To be saved by God's Grace is to love Jesus (if we're forgiven much we'll love much – Luke 7:47); if we're truly forgiven of our sins we'll love Him. Even after being saved, a Christian can fall into sin, and that sin will still separate us from Jesus & His plan of salvation if we let it:
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:" (1 John 2:1)
This is why Jesus, in the book of Revelation chapters 2 and 3, is warning the churches to repent and to change their ways that were unpleasing to Christ. Though these are messages specific to certain churches, the Lord wanted them read in all the churches so we can be strengthened & admonished.
In His messages to the churches Jesus says many times for His people to repent. One very interesting scripture is found in Revelation 3:5: "He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels."
Here Jesus specifically states that our names can be blotted out of His Book of Life, and if our names are not found written in the Lamb's Book of Life, then there is only one destination for us according to scripture:
"And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." ( Revelation 20:15)
This is why Matthew 25 speaks of judgment coming to those who did not do God's will when they had the chance; whether letting the fire of their lamps go out, which represents the lack of the Holy Spirit in our lives, a result of neglecting prayer and our relationship with Christ:
"They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:" (Matthew 25:3)
"Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But He answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." (Matthew 25:11-13)
Or us not using not using our talents to bless God's Kingdom & reach souls:
Matthew 25:24 – "Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: Matthew 25:25 – And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. Matthew 25:26 – His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Matthew 25:28 – Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. Matthew 25:30 – And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Or if we don't allow the love of Christ to flow through us to those in need because of selfishness:
Matthew 25:41 – "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: Matthew 25:42 – For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: Matthew 25:43 – I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Matthew 25:44 – Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Matthew 25:45 – Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. Matthew 25:46 – And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal."
I noted that Jesus isn't judging us, here in this event, based on whether or not we simply believed in Him, but if we believed in Him enough to DO His will. As a Christian there will be a day of consequence if I continually neglect His will, and if I willfully sin against Him and against others.
"But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire." (Matthew 5:22)
We, as born again Christians, cannot live according to the sinful desires of the flesh and still inherit the Kingdom of God:
"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Corinthians 6:9-10).
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." (Galatians 5:19-21)
Jesus will redeem, save and keep us to the utmost, all the way to heaven, if we continually surrender our hearts & will to Him, to do His will in the Earth and be a blessing to those around us, through the love and power of His Spirit. Even if we sin or simply make a mistake, we can find continual forgiveness & restoration if we continually go to Jesus & allow Him to transform our hearts.
I just want the truth of this matter to be out there because only that will set us free; the doctrine of "once saved always saved" is just not the truth. Keeping Jesus Christ in our lives; staying in prayer, Bible study and being full of the Holy Ghost is what will keep salvation in our souls and make our calling and election sure. For how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?