The topic for this round table is: “Some teach the doctrine of once saved, always saved, and others preach repent and seek forgiveness always. Are the two teaching at odds?”
Jesus said in John 10:10 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There is only way to heaven and that is through Jesus Christ. We are not saved by our works or how good we are, but through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9 tells us if we confess with our mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. So, when we say, Lord Jesus forgive me of my sins come into my heart, He comes into our heart immediately. Now, the Holy Spirit begins to work on the inside of us. Our spirit man is saved instantaneously. Our mind, will and emotions change progressively.
It is possible to fall away from the faith. God will never forsake us, however, there have been many times mankind has turned and walked away from God. The bible tells us, Peter walked away from Christ, denied him and then found repentance. There was an individual I know who grew up in a Christian home, accepted Christ as a young child and in her teen years, out of anger – screamed “God if you are real, get out of my heart! How can you let all these things happen? I hate you?” She reported feeling empty inside. In hurt, anger and bitterness, she continued a life without Christ for a few years. Experience, is a tell all. In this case, she walked away from God. The years between that moment and rededicating her life unto the Lord were self-described as plain and empty.
John 3:16 teaches us, For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” The variable is believeth. Do you believe? Where are you with your walk with the Lord? Have you ever started a relationship with Him? Is He Lord of all, above all and through all or not at all? To walk away from Christ is to uphold the position you no longer believe He is your Savior and Lord.
Paul wrote in II Timothy 1:15 that Phygellus and Hermongenes turned away from the Lord. You may say, how do you walk away? It’s when you reject the salvation you once accepted. The bible tells us in Jeremiah 3:14 that He is married to the backslider. To be clear, mankind may turn their back on God, but He will never turn His back on you. He wants to restore and redeem dead and lost places in your life.
Jesus is the lamb that was slain for our sins. If you have never accepted Jesus into your heart or if you have drifted away, now is the time to come back. Simply say, Lord Jesus, I admit that I have sinned and I ask you, to forgive my sins. Come into my heart. From this day forward, I chose to follow you. Make me whole, wash me in your blood. If you said that prayer all of Heaven is rejoicing. I want to encourage you to get into a good bible-based church where you can grow and reach your full potential.
We welcome you in Leander, this Sunday at Faith City Church. A place where you can begin again, live again, and dream again. God is not mad at you. He is madly in love with you. Know you are loved, accepted, over coming, victorious, full of His wisdom and understanding, healed, whole, and reaching your full potential.