Once Saved, Always Saved
The Doctrine of Balaam
You can live in sin (wilfully practice known sin) and be saved
Is this what you've been taught? That persons that have been "saved"; destined to everlasting life, continue as sinners; willfully practicing known sin in their lives. That they can not be distinguished by their behaviour as being different than the rest of those in the world; unholy. This is not a new doctrine.
Joshua 24:9; "Then Ba'lak...king of Moab...warred against Israel, and sent for Ba'laam...to curse you (Israel)." (Ref. Num. 22-24)
Numbers 31:16; "Behold, these (Moabites) caused the children of Israel, through the teaching of Balaam, tho commit trespass (sin, disobey) against Yehvah... and a plague came upon the congregation of Yehvah." He taught that they could sin against God and still remain in covenant with God, expectant of grace. They were wrong! The curse came upon them. (Ref. Duet. 11:26-28)
Revelation 2:14,16; " but I (Jesus) have a few things against you, because you have some there (in the congregation) that adhere to the doctrine of Ba'laam,... who taught the children of Israel to (sin, disobey) by eating things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication (engage in sexual relations outside the covenant of marriage).... Repent, or else I will come and fight against them..."
Romans 8:6-8; "For to be carnally (unregenerate, animalistic) minded is (spiritual) death; but to be spiritually minded is life (everlasting) and Peace (Prosperity now). Because the carnal mind is the enemy of God... so they that are in (walk in) the flesh, cannot please (be acceptable to) God" Ref. Rom. 8:1- 16; Deliberate sin makes one an enemy of (adverse, against) God.
"Satan will put doubts in your head, that you are not saved, because you are living in sin".
I heard a pastor make this statement and was inspired to respond, having already had God reveal the truth of this matter to me. I prayed to our Father for an answer, and this was His response; His parable.
"It's not Satan, It's my call to repentance"
"Imagine there's a fork in the road of faith, with two paths, leading in opposite directions, with each a sign. One sign says, OBEDIENCE; the other, DISOBEDIENCE. Down each of these roads is a deep pit, of which, at one, or both, a bridge has been constructed in order to safely pass. (The bridge leads to everlasting life)
At this fork there are two men. One says, that you can choose either path and still arrive at your destination, while the other says, that only the road of obedience has a bridge and that if you go down the road of disobedience, you will surely die. You're in a quandary. Who's telling the truth? Both have told you that the road of obedience has a bridge. So you can be pretty certain of that. The question is, does the road of disobedience have a bridge as well?"
You think; "I really want to go down the road of obedience, but the road of disobedience is easier. I don't have to change. I can keep my old ways and friends and they won't ridicule me. I don't have to move out from my lover, I can continue the drug use, drinking to excess, fornicating, deceiving and lying. I can even murder, even myself, and still pass safely. Imagine that! I know that I'm taking a risk. But the guy teaching obedience is probably from Satan. He just doesn't want me to have any fun. Could the other guy be from Satan? If he's wrong, I will surely die. Oh well, It's a chance I'm willing to take. Besides, the disobedience teacher, is a pastor. He must be right."
"I'm a ways down this road of disobedience. So far, so good. Having a great time. I'm further along now, and beginning to have some difficulties. I, I wonder if I've chosen the right path? The pastor couldn't have been wrong, could he? I'm really not having fun any more. I feel empty inside. It's becoming darker and darker. I can hardly see where I'm going. I might fall into the pit at any time, without warning. I'm scared. Could this be the wrong way; disobedience to God? I'm having doubts. Someone may be trying to tell me something. Could it be Satan? That doesn't make any sense. Why would he warn me? I'm right where he wants me. I'm walking in his ways. Could it be God; calling me to turn back, to repent? Now that makes sense! I'm going back, before it's too late."
Rev. 22:14; "Blessed are they that do His commandments, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city (kingdom of Yeh)". It's not by works, but by faith, and genuine faith always results in righteousness (right doing; 1Jn. 3:3-10). If you've continued practicing known sin in your life, after believing you've been "saved", God suggest's that you've been deceived. Practicing known sin separates one from God, breaking covenant (Is. 59:2). Nothing that defiles the kingdom will enter (Rev. 21:8,27). Jesus said one must repent; stop sinning (Lk. 13:3,5). If you were genuinely "saved"; "reborn from above" (Jn.3:3), corrected by the Holy spirit unto righteousness (right doing; 1Jn. 3:3-10; 5:17,18), but Satan has lured you into sinning, repent, turning away from the sin and asking God for forgivness (1Jn. 1:9), resubmit to God and resist the devil, and he will flee (Jms. 4:7; Hb. 6:4; 10:26).
I could upload an exhaustive study on this topic, and I may some day, demonstrating the deadly heresy that it is. But for now, if you are one that has been taught the heresy of "once saved, always saved", otherwise known as "unconditional security", and is living accordingly, practicing known disobedience to God, I ask you not to believe me, but to do what God says to do in such a case. The case being, that when you hear something that is adverse to what you believe or you are not certain of, you are to test it, according to 2 Corinthians 13:5; "Examine yourselves, whether you be in the (genuine) faith; test your own selves. Have you not tested your own selves, to be certain that Jesus Christ is truly in you, that you be not reprobates (rejected)?" It is not taught by God to ignore it, or accept it, but to test it by asking Him, and relying upon Him to reveal the truth to you. One must however, enter into covenant with God to receive revelation from Him, and to avoid imposing a previously held belief upon the holy scriptures. I suggest that you stop now and review and apply the "Seven Principles of Proper Interpretation" found in "In Pursuit of Truth Only". Then, reread this parable several times over, slowly. Then, read 1John, chapter 3, slowly. James tells us in 1: 5-8; "that if any of you lack wisdom, let them ask God, whom gives to all persons liberally, with nothing withheld, and it will be given them." If you ask in faith, trusting that He will answer you, God will speak to you through His Word, IF you are in covenant.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.
May God deliver revelation speedily, to all of you that diligently seek truth.