(continuing) #8, NOSAS Intro., sections 1-6 ©
1- All Once Saved Always Saved [OSAS] doctrines are artificial concepts created by emption-driven Humanity [variously used in politics, religion and other advertising appeals: “Come to us, and all your problems will be solved and your desires fulfilled, at little or no cost to you”]. [Eph.4:25]
2- The Christian OSAS doctrine [prevalent today in most major denominations, and nondenominational groups, of Jesus Christ professing people] promotes the concept [through, at least, leading to the conclusion] of a person being ‘saved’ eternally because of performing some one-time act or acts [‘decisionism’]. OSAS propagates the idea of a person possessing eternal Life, and being considered to be “in Christ” perpetually; because they, at some point in their life, felt the tug of the Holy Spirit upon their heart, said some words claiming Jesus as their Lord, and called upon him to save them from hell. This doctrine assumes the possession of eternal Life with God by this select group, no matter what concept of life enticed them to ‘accept’ Jesus, or what their attitude and lifestyle toward Christ and possessing Godlike character was/is after that ‘saving’ moment.
Regrettably, this belief usually leads to their assumption that God, because of their finding the ‘loophole’ in His plan of Salvation, must, after their physical death, disregard their disobedient behavior on Earth and joyfully receive them into His heavenly Kingdom and furnish them with his full eternal blessings. [The ‘religious’ implication is: “Of course, it’s OK to live righteously if you are naturally, or due to family culture, inclined toward a moral lifestyle; but no actual behavioral restraint is required of you by God for you to receive everlasting Life and blessing; just please try to keep your sin to a minimum, confess your sins regularly, and don’t disrupt the public aura of ‘Christianity’.”]
Some groups add the stipulation that one must be water baptized, or sprinkled, and follow a regimen of church sanctioned rituals and performances of duty: such as going to church and paying your tithes, going to Sunday school, witnessing, etc. Other groups reject the concept of OSAS altogether, opting for a strictly Old Testament style minute-by-minute conditional ‘eternal’ Salvation. The perpetuation of their ‘salvation’ depends on following a strict set of religious rules and laws, suffering constant guilt and condemnation, avoiding church congregational excommunication, and cringing in constant fear of eternal fiery punishment for slight infractions of doctrine, as their method of controlling the behavior of a church population.
These are only some of the thousands of varieties and variations of ‘Christian religion’ founded on flesh-dominant interpretations of Scripture; most are formulated by well meaning but Godly-character-ignorant people, but others are invented by deceiving soul thieves.
3- All these religious OSAS routes to ‘Salvation’ go against Christ’s teaching by focusing on controlling a person’s lifestyle through false rationalization and utilizing fear-based emotions – which actually strengthen in us the same emotion-dominant attitude that empowered the original ‘fall’ of Adam, and have perpetuated humanity’s vulnerability to failure ever since. It is self-defeating to focus on solving mental/physical behavioral problems by providing mental/physical behavioral solutions in the effort to produce God-centered spirituality. Viewing spiritual/mental truth and attitude problems, as being simply mental/physical behavior problems, enables and perpetuates an increase in both internal and external immoral behavior.
4- God’s only solution to our dependence on carnality and emotion to be the guiding light in our life [which empowers their dictatorship over our life] is the development of Godly character [spiritual maturity in Christ] – and that is the single most important purpose of New Testament doctrine. Our development of Godly character, or not, determines our ability to directly receive from God’s blessings of Grace, or not, and determines the course of our personal future.
Even in natural life, granting the full benefits of grace to those who have not developed mature Godly character and faith, only paves the road to their destruction. God wants everyone to be ‘saved’, not destroyed; but we must understand that our ability to receive the benefits of God’s Grace, of which eternal Life and blessing in God’s Kingdom is the greatest, is directly proportional to our development of Godly character. [Rom.2:4, 12:16; Eph.5:1-16-; Heb.3:12-14; 2ndPeter 3:9, 16-18 – see also the Scripture section that follows this introduction]
5- In our experiences of life, we have exposure to many and various things, concepts, and rationales. It is ridiculous for people to say we must not judge others, or that we cannot legislate morality. We must, and do, make judgments in the process of every decision we make; and with every law that is established [good or bad] a moral determination has been made. It is true that we cannot make people conduct themselves in a moral way by simply passing laws, but we all legislate morality every day as we live life: especially when we, for our own use, ‘judge’ the attitude and behavior of those with which we consider associating or doing business.
Because of the complexities of life, it is necessary for us to make many assessments and judgments – some very difficult. There are three main ‘compartments’ [staging stations, reservoirs] in the human ‘soul’ [the combined qualities of the personal human spiritual/mental properties], which also incorporate many interwoven defining and categorizing sections. The contents of all these compartments and sections are movable from one to another as we gain new knowledge, perspective, wisdom, and experience.
The Optional compartment, one of the three main compartments, receives our perceptions of new things, concepts, and rationales. Based upon our previous assessments and judgments, which were based upon still-more-previous perceptions, we make new assessments and judgments, which incorporate our new perceptions, which gives us the ability to moralize, define, and categorize our new knowledge and experience and possibly place them in one of the other two main compartments: Logical or Illogical. The concreteness of our previous assessments and judgments, combined with present perceptions, determines the speed of our categorization and storing of our new experiences in the Logical or Illogical compartment – or the decision to leave the new perception or experience in the Optional compartment, to await further data.
6- The Christian OSAS doctrine is an illogical religious doctrine, the accepting of which necessitates an underlying ‘logical’ link, which has erroneous information and illogical fantasized perception at its core. OSAS necessitates the ‘logic’ that once we ‘believe’ and are ‘saved’ from a devastating attack on our security [‘hell’, or any deadly threat to our mental and/or physical provision of life, health, financial stability, etc.], we can never be attacked or defeated again; therefore, no maintenance of defenses or awareness of surrounding warning signs or conditions is necessary [which we certainly know is an illogical conclusion]. Yet, at the same time, we must ‘logically’ recognize and incorporate the logic that God’s Word [and/or Earthly life] makes demands upon our beliefs and behavior in order for us to maintain or improve our security in God’s Kingdom [and/or Earthly life]. The OSAS doctrine, which requires misunderstanding or ignoring what ‘eternal Salvation’ actually means [perfect deliverance and protection from all things that hinder life or separate us from perfect relationship/fellowship with God], causes spiritual bewilderment and confusion, and facilitates negation of the spiritual and mental logical process necessary to the formation of foundational and life-enhancing logic, belief, and action. The supposed OSAS short cut to ‘Salvation’ allows illogical concepts to be ushered into the Logical compartment of the soul, and thereby into the personal Truth compartment, without examination, assessment, or judgment, because of its emotional, easy-way appeal – by those who are not guided by the Holy Spirit and Godly character.
(to be continued)