(a.k.a. “Perseverance of the Saints” under Calvinism)
Another popular false teaching today is that “once saved you are always saved no matter what” (sometimes called the “perseverance of the saints” by Calvinists). In this false teaching it is viewed that your (final eternal) salvation occurred at an instant of time, when you first accepted Jesus and that nothing you do (or don’t do), nor how you live the rest of your life (obeying Christ or not) can affect that.
This false teaching usually follows right on the heels of the “sinner’s prayer” false teaching, as that is the method most “modern Christian” churches use today! This is also not in agreement with Scripture, for the Bible clearly and repeatedly warns that you can “fall away” (apostatize), “backslide,” “turn back” from your faith, or quit the faith – even after you are born-again. While it is true that God will never forsake or leave you, Scripture is clear that you can still choose to leave/quit Him, and that many will do just that even after being born-again! Very candidly, this teaching is doubly wrong, as you will soon read. Not only are you not “saved” to eternal life when you are born again, you have not yet received eternal life.
The advocates of this false teaching arrive at this believe because they IGNORE the many other clear and present Scripture verses about the importance of obedience, proving your faith through action (good works) and perseverance in faith until death.
Please re-read the chapters in this book on Obedience, Proving Your Faith and Persevering in Faith for further clarification and correct Christian doctrine.