ONCE SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED
“And the great dragon was cast [of heaven], that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan [aka Lucifer], which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels with him” (Revelation 12:9). He was “cast out into the earth” and not into a place called “hell,” and he is deceiving the entire world including the Christian denominations. There are many ways he is accomplishing this, and his agents in his work of deception are those who we would lest suspect of being his pawns. When someone, no matter who
he is or claims to be, contradicts what the Word of Elohim says, he is of the Devil, just as Satan did in the beginning with Eve.
The Devil met Eve at the “tree of knowledge of good and evil.” The best way to get people to take poison unawares is to mix it in with truth, and so it is the method that Satan gets people to take in his deceptions by mixing his errors with some truth from the Word of Elohim and thus leading Elohim’s people away from Elohim.
This study will show from the Word of Elohim that just because a person accepts Elohim’s salvation at some point in time does not prevent him from being lost in the future. Yahushua (Jesus) used parables to teach us principles of the kingdom of Elohim, and so we will look at one of those parables which illustrates that once saved does not insure that you will not be lost.
“Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he hade begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 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 be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him that debt. 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. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt [ten thousand talents], because thou desirest me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall My heavenly Father do also unto you, if you from your hearts forgive not everyone his brother their trespasses” (Matthew 18:23-35).
This servant, who had owed his lord ten thousand talents, is the sinner. He represents all of us who owe our heavenly Father a debt we can never repay, and our heavenly Father forgives us because He is a compassionate Being Who delights in mercy. But when He has forgiven us and we do not exercise that same compassion on others who may owe us a trivial amount in comparison to what we owed to Elohim, our heavenly Father reverses His forgiveness, and we will pay our debt in full when we suffer in the lake of fire before we are turned to ashes. This man was once saved, but he lost his salvation which Elohim had given him! Was the lord pictured in this story being unjust? This man who had been forgiven much caused his fellowservants to be grieved over what this man had done to another fellowservant and came to the lord to complain to him what the forgiven man had done. Even they could see that what this man had done was unjust and needed to be dealt with by the lord. “He hath shewed thee, O man what is good; and what doth Yahuwah require of thee, but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy Elohim” (Micah 6:8). This parable that Yahushua taught illustrates Micah 6:8.
In the book of Ezekiel we have this portion of Scripture which deals with those who turn from righteousness to go back to a life of sin. “Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus you speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live?” (Ezekiel 33:10). Elohim does not want to perish in our sins with the guilt that presses down on us because of them. Sin, whether done knowingly or unknowingly, brings guilt to our being that causes us to “pine away.” Pine away means to lose vitality through hunger or unhappiness.
Elohim through Ezekiel goes on to say, “Say unto them, As I live, saith Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God], I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel? Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that sinneth. When I say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust in his own righteousness and commit iniquity, all his righteousness shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it. Again, when I say unto the wicked, Thous shall surely die; if he turn from his sin, and do that which is lawful and right; if the wicked restore the pledge, give again that he had robbed, walk in the statutes of life, without committing iniquity: he shall surely live, he shall not die. None of his sins that he hath committed shall be mentioned unto him: he hath done that which is lawful and right; he shall surely live. Yet the children of thy people say, The way of Yahuwah is not equal: but as for them, their way is not equal. When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby. But if the wicked turn from his wickedness, and do that which is lawful and right, he shall live thereby. Yet you say, The way of Yahuwah is not equal. O you house of Israel, I will judge you everyone after his ways” (Ezekiel33:11-19).
The wicked in the scenario above repented and turned from his wicked ways and was saved. The righteous went back into sinning and was lost even though at one time he had salvation. Most people have accepted a lie begun by Satan and propagated by Christian ministers. “The soul that sinneth, it shall die [eternally]” (Ezekiel 18:20). It does not matter whether that individual had been forgiven by our heavenly Father or not. If a man continues to sin even after he has received forgiveness, he will die eternally and suffer the second death from which there is no resurrection.
“For if you live after the flesh, you shall die [eternally]: but if you through the Spirit [of Elohim] do mortify [subdue] the deeds of the body, you shall live” (Romans 8:13).
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to Elohim, you have your fruit unto holiness, an the end everlasting life” (Romans 6:22, emphasis added). Unfortunately most have never been made free from sin and continue to sin. They have never been told the full Gospel, but been sold a fake Gospel. “For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Messiah: for it is the power of Elohim unto salvation to everyone that believeth” (Romans 1:16, emphasis added). And how much power is there in Elohim? By the word of His mouth the Universe was spoken into existence. And there is enough power available to every man and woman and child “to keep you from falling [sinning], and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24). Someday “Elohim will rejoice over you with joy; he will rest in His love, He will joy over thee with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17).
Elohim is trying to bring to heaven as many of earth’s inhabitants as possible! It is Satan who is seeking to keep as many as possible out of heaven and share his fate in the “lake of fire” when he and all the lost will be turned into ashes before the earth is made new and made the eternal home of the meek (Psalm 37:9-11).
Do not be deceived by Satan into believing all the lies he is spreading throughout the earth. “Study to show thyself approved unto Elohim, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). And Elohim will guide you into all the truth and show you things to come as you study through His Spirit which Yahushua promised to give us in John 16:13.
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fail” (2 Peter 1:10, emphasis added). The last thing I believe anyone who has begun this journey to our heavenly home wants to do is to be led astray and in the end be lost with the wicked, but we have a malicious, evil enemy that is always after us trying to lead us astray by deceiving us and giving us false hope based on his lies and not on the Word of Elohim.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8, emphasis added). “Finally, my brethren, be strong in Yahuwah, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of Elohim, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of Elohim, that you may e able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13).