The Once Saved Always Saved doctrine is a deception–a very dangerous one. So is the ‘seeker-friendly’ movement. Jesus said to count the cost before making a commitment. How much more, before entering into a blood covenant! (Yes, HIS blood seals the deal when you accept his gift of salvation.)

‘For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.’ (2 Peter 2:20-21)

You are not doing anyone a favor by soft selling them the gospel. A person needs to know what they are getting into, before they commit to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

‘When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou shalt not slack to pay it: for the LORD thy God will surely require it of thee; and it would be sin in thee.’ (Deut. 23:21)

‘If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.’ (Num. 30:2)

‘When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for [he hath] no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. Better [is it] that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.’ (Eccl. 5:4-5)

God is not a ‘friend with benefits’. Becoming a Christian is a COVENANT . . . like marriage. Today’s ‘Christianity’ is more like ‘shacking up’ with God.

‘And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, If any [man] come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have [sufficient] to finish [it]? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish [it], all that behold [it] begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.’ (Luke 14:25-33)

(Jesus wasn’t interested in having a large number of half-hearted followers . . . He wanted followers that were FULLY COMMITTED, however few that might be.  This is quite the reverse of the seeker-friendly paradigm of modern ‘Christianity’.)

It’s true that it costs you nothing but faith to enter this covenant–Jesus paid for the wedding–but staying married to Him will cost you your life. Are you putting a stumbling block in front of others by promising them a one-sided gospel, where all they have to do is receive?

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