Thursday, December 15, 2011

SOS: Security Of Salvation

A topic that often leads to arguments is the idea of OSAS (once saved always saved). It’s an idea that many passionately defend while others are equally passionate to refute.

Unfortunately many are introduced to Jesus through a “gospel” of easy believism and when we add OSAS to that mix a foundation of false security can be created.

While many adherents to the OSAS are NOT victims of easy believism, I think it is wise to recognise that easy believism more often than not promotes OSAS as part of its salvation package.

Could it be time become clearer on this issue to help break the false security that comes with a diluted gospel?
I propose a new outlook: IHAS or "In Him Assuredly Saved". While not quite as catchy as OSAS, I think it better portrays the reality.

We should be clear that we don't obtain guaranteed eternal salvation by saying a "sinner's prayer", or by inviting Jesus into our heart - and then going back to old ways and never giving Jesus another thought.

The security of salvation is found in Him and only in Him.
As we remain in Him our salvation is assured.


Frank E. Blasi said...

Why not read my blog,
"I will cause you to walk in my statutes" -which is from Ezekiel 36:27.
In it I give my reasons why I believe in the truth of OSAS, or for a want of a better name, Eternal Security of the Believer, or The Perseverence of the Saints. And no way do I connect this doctrine with easy believism. Rather, I demonstrate that true conversion is preceded with the Law and with it the knowledge and conviction of one's own sins. Then comes the good news of the salvation which come through faith in Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.

Onesimus said...

HI Frank, I'll certainly visit your blog when I can make time.

I can understand that you do not connect OSAS with easy believism, but the unfortunate reality is that many do.

As long as you (I or anyone else) continues in Christ our salvation remains secure.

The problem with using Ezekiel 36 to support the idea of OSAS is its intended context. That quote is part of a prophecy given to and about Israel, foretelling the future salvation of Israel in the end times, when they will be brought into the new covenant through their eventual recognition of their Messiah, Jesus.

It is not a general observation about the new birth.