A friend of mine said it best: “The sinner’s prayer is not an incantation”. Some think it is. They think they pray the sinner’s prayer like a spell or incantation and then they have eternal life without any possibility of “losing it”.
I believe most Christians act worldly and carnal today, because they have been sold a lie – a lie straight from Satan of “once-saved-always-saved”. For entry into heaven, GOD requires NO works, but He does require faith in Jesus Christ not just initially when you commit your life to Christ in a sinner’s prayer, but ongoing faith – faith that continues unto the end and overcomes as the Bible phrases it. A “Sinner’s Prayer” is simply a prayer of commitment to Christ by which we ask the Spirit to indwell us in repentant faith, but it is only the beginning of a lifelong journey.
You cannot neglect your salvation as the Bible states. Faith is not obtained by works, but faith does work, and a great sign that your faith is intact is the works that are in your life. Even Calvin warned about soiling one’s conscience and making shipwreck of faith in no uncertain terms in his commentaries, yet the reason many follow Calvin instead of Christ is in hope that they can say an initial prayer and then do whatever they wish. Only the Elect will persevere and be saved. The Elect are those who maintain their faith in GOD until the end. When Jesus says that “His sheep” hear His voice and will never perish, He is speaking of His Elect – those who persevere. When He speaks of no man plucking them from His hand, He is talking of the Elect.
“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.” – Matthew 10:22
There is no rest for the wicked. They stay in agony continually. Make sure you’re not one of them.
Faith believes and faith keeps believing. That’s the continuous nature of the Present tense of the Greek, so whenever you see promises to those who believe, just remember that those promises are for those who believe and continue to believe. The Perfect tense in Greek is for present actions that are complete.
When Jesus gave parables of foolish virgins, seed that was choked by thorns, or the servant who hid his talent, He is not talking in terms of the hypothetical. When Hebrews 6 states that those who turn from the faith are without hope of future repentance, it is not a warning to the unsaved or a hypothetical situation. The Greek in the Hebrew is very clear. Your pastor’s false assurance may lead you into the flames of eternal justice someday. We can be sure that we have believed in Christ by signs given by the apostle John in his first epistle, but that doesn’t mean that we no longer have to continue in belief.
Satan fought with Michael over the body of Moses according to the Book of Jude. Just think about the amazing riches and treasures and royal position that Moses forsook in order to follow GOD. Then think about what you are giving up and doing for Christ. Moses was saved the same way that we are today – by faith.
The apostle Paul makes this truth clear in his comparison between Abraham and believers today.
Jesus stated that we must abide in the Vine or we can expect to be cut down and burned in fire. You or your pastor can explain that away, but the Greek is absolutely clear again. Jesus is talking to those who were abiding in Him as being those cut down and burned in fire, and the picture is supported all throughout Scripture. Only those who want to feel they can spurn GOD’s grace without penalty would even look for a clause of “once-saved-always-saved” in Scripture. When you realize that GOD is just in damning all humans into the lake of fire forever including those who never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel, then you should realize how blessed you are if you have heard the Gospel and believed – blessed enough not to take your faith for granted. Your faith is provided by GOD’s grace. Do not spurn His grace.
“How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;” – Hebrews 2:3
We are all saved by faith made possible by GOD’s grace. Without grace, you will have no faith. We must not spurn GOD’s grace today in our lives. We must continue in faith if we will see heaven and a reward.
Works can do nothing for us, but they are only a symptom of how our faith is doing. How is your faith today?
“For whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” – 1 John 5:4
“He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. … He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; He that overcomes shall not be hurt of the second death. … He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows saving he that receives it. … And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:” – Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26
“He that overcomes, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. … Him that overcomes will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. … To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.” – Revelation 3:5, 12, 21
“He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” – Revelation 21:7