OSAS, Christians are so confused
Updated: Jul 21, 2022
by Linda Kirby/WGON
1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
Matt. 7: 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
I believe these two verses explain OSAS but people are still confused. People believe that if you are saying you are saved and then you go out into the world and purposely sin, you are still going to be raptured and will still go to heaven because you say you are saved. Key word there is "say". Yet, the scripture above explains that isn’t the case. Matt. 7:21 says it clearly that just because you claim to be a Christian, doesn't make you a Christian. Just because you do good works doesn't make you saved. Read Matt. 7:21 again and take in what He's saying there. 1 John 2:19 shows that just because you say you are with Christ doesn’t mean you are. Because you went out from Christ to sin so you never were with Him to start with.
I believe that if you are truly saved, you could no longer purposely sin no matter what. Jesus said no one can take you out of His hand. He says it right there...if you are truly saved, then you won’t go into the world and sin. You won’t follow someone into sin or false worship. If you are truly His, you will stay with Him...just as 1 John 2:19 says. So, I think the confusion here is the word “saved”. People confuse being saved with 'saying' you are saved. If you went up to the alter, you say you are saved. People don’t understand that being saved means CHANGE. You are “born again”, “changed” from the old sinner, to the new redeemed follower of Christ. The key word there is “follower”. If you follow Christ, you don’t follow the world or sin. Ask anyone who is a true follower of Christ who were truly born again and they will tell you there is no way they could go out and purposefully sin. Key word there is “purposefully”. Sure, we all make mistakes but it was an accident. But, to go out into the world on purpose, that’s not a mistake nor an accident. So, you see, that person was never saved to start with, just as 1 John 2:19 said...he was never with them. Sure, that person might fight to the end that they were really saved but Jesus said judge them by their fruit.
OSAS is not a license to sin. If you want to sin after you say you got saved, then 1 John 2:19 applies to you. You were never with Christ.
Fighting over OSAS is an example of how sin can creep in without you even knowing it. Satan will use scripture to divide the brethren. OSAS and the rapture are his two successes.
So, to conclude, if you are truly saved, you will never even consider sinning on purpose, much less letting someone lead you into the world. So, if you are truly saved then OSAS applies to you. Remember the same God who saved you is the same God who will keep you. Once we are saved, we are always saved. Our salvation is most definitely eternally secure! But, you first have to truly come to God and lay down those sins and ask Him, from your heart, to forgive you. He will and once He has, you are forever forgiven.