Are We Saved Forever?

J. D. Conley
September 15, 2013

The answer to the question is both yes and no. Yes, once we have entered heaven, we are forever saved. But while on earth we must continue "to work out our own salvation" (Phi.2:12).

What this article pertains to and condemns is the false doctrine of "Once saved always saved." It is a doctrine of "eternal security." It lulls people into a notion that is deadly to their soul. What does the Bible say?

The Bible says that one can believe and fall away, (Lk.13:3). The Bible teaches that one can fall short of the glory of God, (Rom.3:23). The Bible affirms that after we have received a knowledge of the truth and then sin willfully we fall from grace, (Heb.10:26-27). The Bible gives us examples of those who believed and fell away, (Acts 8:13-22). The Bible explains that we can forsake God for the ways of the world, (2Tim.4:10). Paul taught that "some shall depart from the faith," (2Tim.4:1). Peter taught that when one is enlightened to the truth and then he or she falls away, "the last state is worse than the first," (2Pet.2:20-22).

How can we be saved forever? Not by faith only. However we can know of our eternal salvation if we grow in the grace of Christ, (2Pet.3:17-18); conforming to that sweet image of God's Son, (Rom.8:29). By keeping ourselves unspotted from the world, (Jas.1:27). By growing continually and worshipping steadfastly in spirit and in truth, (Jn.4:24; Acts 2:42;

Heb.13:15-16). When we love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and we seek the kingdom first and perform works of righteousness, these things prove our faith. For James said we are not saved by faith only but by works, (Jas.2:17-20).