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Nov. 4th, 2013

With All Thy Getting Get Unction

No erudition, no purity of diction, no width of mental
outlook, no flowers of eloquence, no grace of person can
atone for lack of fire. Prayer ascends by fire. Flame
gives prayer access as well
as wings, acceptance as well as energy. There is no incense without fire;
no prayer without flame
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E. M. Bounds
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_McKendree_Bounds



Bear up the hands that hang down, by faith and prayer;
support the tottering knees. Have you any days of fasting
and prayer? Storm the throne of grace and persevere
therin, and mercy will come down.

John Wesley
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wesley



Before the great revival in Gallneukirchen broke out,
Martin Boos spent hours and days and often nights in
lonely agonies of intercession. Afterwards, when he
preached, his words were as flame, and the hearts of the
people as grass.


D. M. McIntyre, D. D.
http://dayspringdiscipleship.org/bioportraits/dmmcintyre.html



How many Christians there are who cannot pray, and who
seek by effort, resolve, joining prayer circles, etc., to
cultivate in themselves the "holy art of intercession," and
all to no purpose. Here for them and for all is the only
secret of a real prayer life... "Be filled with the Spirit," who
is "the Spirit of grace and supplication."


Rev. J. Stuart Holden



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WHY REVIVAL TARRIES

Recently I picked up a copy of a book by Leonard Ravenhill titled, Why Revival Tarries. As I have been reading this book I find it hard to believe that it was printed in 1959, as it addresses so much of what I see currently going on in what passes for church today... and even in online Christian communities. I believe this book to be a breath of fresh air and a right now word from the Lord. I'm only halfway through this book... and already I feel as though the community would be blessed if I were to share here what is currently being shared with me. That being stated, I intend to post what I can as the Lord will grant me the strength and time to do so. My prayer is that the Spirit will move in such a way that everyone who reads these posts will be blessed, and driven to seek the Lord in repentance and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
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Apr. 15th, 2013

God is Faithful

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

Another statement that is made in trying to support OSAS is that God is faithful. To this I say, "Amen!" God is faithful to do all and everything He says that He will. He is not a liar, nor does He break His promises. His word stands sure.

The issue with the Once Saved Always Saved doctrine is not the faithfulness of God, but the faithfulness of man. The word of God is clear that even after salvation, man can:

  • Draw back from the faith (Hebrews 10:38)

  • Have his faith overthrown (II Timothy 2:18)

  • Cast off his faith (I Timothy 5:12)

  • Have his faith made shipwreck (I Timothy 1:19)

  • Fall into unbelief (Romans 11:20-22, Hebrews 3:12; Hebrews 4:6-11)

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Eternal Life is "Eternal"

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

Another peculiar statement that is made from supporters of the Once Saved Always Saved doctrine is that eternal life is "eternal". This is a strawman argument where people are debating against positions that no one holds.

While it sounds sort of snazzy (YES, that is a word!) to say, "If we can lose it, then it is not eternal.", such a comment is really a Non Sequitur. It is a statement containing an illogical conclusion.

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Mar. 14th, 2013

Predestined By God

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

Predestination is the understanding that God has pre-determined or foreordained how events unfold in this world. This is completely true. However, some take this truth a step farther and claim that this also relates to how God creates mankind. They state that God has created some persons expressly for the purpose of being saved and others expressly for the purpose of being damned; leaving man with no choice in the matter. This belief is unScriptural.

This false doctrine is used to claim that we are unconditionally, eternally secure in salvation because we have either been designed by God to be saved or to be damned. This is an expansive topic, which I will surely not cover adequately in this post. However, in order to show how the Biblical understanding of predestination in no way implies Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS), I must address common misconceptions.

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Mar. 8th, 2013

You Cannot Be Unborn

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

The statement that one cannot be "unborn" as a defense to Once Saved, Always Saved has to be one of the most puzzling arguments presented. It is a completely illogical assertion for even in the natural, there is no such condition as being "unborn".

Being born is the process whereby life is made manifest. The opposite of having life is not to be "unborn", but to be dead. Just as one dies physically when life is no longer present, one also dies spiritually when the life of Christ is no longer present within.



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Mar. 7th, 2013

We Can Only Lose Our Reward

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

Another claim people make is that we can only lose our rewards, but not salvation itself. We are pointed to I Corinthians Chapter 3 as proof of this assertion, but is that what the text is really saying?

The Chapter begins with Paul chastising the church for being carnal and forming allegiances according to the various ministries of men. They were trying to judge amongst themselves which ministry was greater. Paul's answer? None of them were greater. He tries to impress upon the people that their focus is misplaced; it is not the minister to whom they should be aligned, but to the Lord.
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We Can Only Lose Fellowship With God

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

A common argument made in support of Once Saved, Always Saved is that we can only lose fellowship with God if we depart from His ways. However, such a statement demonstrates a critical lack of understanding about what fellowship is.

"God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." I Corinthians 1:9

Fellowship with Christ is the basis for our relationship with God. Fellowship and relationship represent the same concepts. Fellowship means "association, communion, joint participation, intercourse, and intimacy".

If we have no fellowship, we have no relationship. This is why Jesus came, to restore or reconcile us to right relationship/fellowship with God.


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Mar. 4th, 2013

Nothing Can Separate You From The Love Of God

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

In supporting the Once Saved, Always Saved doctrine, people will sometimes refer to the following text saying that "nothing" can separate us from the love of God.

"Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35-39



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Eternal Life Is A Gift

A Candid Look at OSAS "Support"

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 6:23

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." Ephesians 2:8


One of the most nonsensical explanations that is given about why salvation cannot be forfeited is because it is a "gift". Some will say, "Because we did not earn it, we cannot lose it."  However, such a statement is completely absurd.  When I was 8 years old, my father gave me a gold pendant from Hawaii.  I didn't earn it or have to work for it; it was a gift.  But guess what...I lost it.  As an adult, my mother gave me a piece of original artwork with a formal certificate of authenticity, but in moving a number of times, I eventually lost it.

Apart from seeing that I was not perhaps the most organized person in my younger days, it is clear then that losing something doesn't imply that we earned it.  It simply means that at one point in time, the item lost was in our possession.

"And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God." I John 5:11-13


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