What an interesting way to describe our Faith and relationship with God. Who would like to have their eternal salvation considered “Shipwrecked”? Yet Paul uses just this analogy in the great book of Timothy and I am moved this morning to explain this position or lack there of. How would you like to leave HD cable tv, iphones, tablets, air conditioning, washing machines, dry cleaners, gas, electric, stoves and all the modern conveniences we have today to then live on a deserted island like Robinson Crusoe? Tom Hanks portrayed a good example of the heartache and pain associated with being “Shipwrecked”, even down to companionship.
Understand that God has a way to run His kingdom and if you follow His way, you will stay in His kingdom and not loose your way. It is not Gods desire that any of us “are destroyed”, yet hard headed- self willed, proud individuals do so everyday. Let me qualify my statements by the instruction manual (The Bible) so you can see it is not my opinion (a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty). I will use the infallible Word of God (absolutely trustworthy or sure, unfailing in effectiveness or operation), and then lead you to an understanding and Victory that can only be done by God our Father through our Faith in Jesus the Christ.
It’s time to reconcile…….
1 Timothy 1:19-20
New King James Version (NKJV)
19 having faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck, 20 of whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I delivered to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme.
First let’s take the definition of “Shipwrecked”. It is the destruction or loss of a ship, as by sinking. So to imply our faith can be destroyed, lost and done so by sinking shows some real important issues facing some opinions taught through out the church world today. You may have heard or been taught that “Once saved, always saved” or “Unconditional Security” meaning, I’ve been saved so now there is no way for me to loose my salvation. Obviously from just this one scripture that is absolutely wrong and false. If I just rescued you from drowning (saved you) because you don’t know how to swim and you jump back into the deep end of the pool, what makes you think you won’t need saving again???
If you would note, Paul states having a faith (proper) which some have rejected. It is their rejection which now leads them to this destruction and loss of faith. Also note that this lost faith in done so in a “Sinking” fashion, meaning falling away more each day until you become so hardened that when a loved one (Gods messenger) explains this you are so rigid that God can no longer mold you into what He needs. This deliverance to Satan represents the loved one (messenger of God) no longer pleading, explaining, debating, PRAYING for you that you are just turned over with little protection from the evil one and no representation (no advocate). I can hear the hard hearts getting harder right now, “I don’t need you and your prayers (pride)”, unfortunately you do! It is that same pride that keeps men in bondage, blind to the truth and never coming to the full maturity that God will love to bring them. God wants you successful and free, won’t you let the wall down so He can talk to you.
Another example refuting “Once saved Always saved” or “Unconditional Security”…
New King James Version (NKJV)
17 “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore hear a word from My mouth, and give them warning from Me: 18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.
20 “Again, when a righteous man turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and I lay a stumbling block before him, he shall die; because you did not give him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; but his blood I will require at your hand. 21 Nevertheless if you warn the righteous man that the righteous should not sin, and he does not sin, he shall surely live because he took warning; also you will have delivered your soul.
This starts off with my calling and what I am tasked to do. I am a watchmen unto the Church (world wide followers of Christ Jesus). If you enjoy reading these posts and follow regularly, you will note that I have your best interest at heart and give you nothing less than Gods Word and when He tells me to give it.
Now because this post is directed at the shipwrecked (ones that were saved and are sinking away) I will jump down to verse 20. When a man that had it right with God, turns from this right path and you do not give him warning (remember the loved one spoke of earlier) HE (the one turning off course) WILL DIE IN HIS SIN. There is no sin in Heaven. His Godly works which had been done while on the right path SHALL NOT BE REMEMBERED.
So how is it if you got saved (rescued) once and that’s all, (you fall for unconditionally saved), you will not end up in Heaven nor will your Godly works even be considered? DO NOT allow the teaching of “Once saved Always saved” shipwreck you. YOU SHALL SURELY LIVE (eternally) BECAUSE YOU TOOK WARNING.
Let’s look at another that refutes “Once saved Always saved” or “Unconditional Security”…
New King James Version (NKJV)
5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[a] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.
“If”? That also leaves room for an “If not”, your choice. Here you see another messenger of God explaining that you must abide (to stay, remain, to continue in a particular condition, attitude, relationship). This attitude you had when you got saved was of humility. You recognized your need for Jesus to save you from yourSELF (that’s not a typo). Are you saying you don’t continually need Him? He tells you that “without me, you can do nothing”. Your condition before getting saved was deplorable at best and if you don’t continue to trust in what Jesus did for you at Calvary it will be deplorable again! To prove me wrong will be to prove me right at your expense. Why? Is it because I am so special? No, it is because the Bible (Gods infallible Word = absolutely trustworthy or sure, unfailing in effectiveness or operation) says so and I am just explaining to you what God meant by what God said.
If you can get saved once and then that’s it, why would now even another messenger warn you to stay the course? I am showing you God inspired text and warning from Paul, Ezekiel and John. Every generation needs this Word and warning because every generation is prideful and rebellious. Man wants the benefits from God without doing it Gods ways (Savior yes, Lord no).
Let’s look at one more (there are many more!) that refutes “Once saved Always saved” or “Unconditional Security” and wrap up.
New King James Version (NKJV)
5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Very simple here; if He can blot out your name from the book of life, then you would have had to be in the book in order to have it removed. You don’t get in this book until you surrender and get saved by Jesus. So you CAN go from a saved state then He removes you from the book (unsaved!!!).
Once saved always saved is a false doctrine and if your faith (belief system) is in that, you and all your loved ones you teach that to WILL end up in Hell to suffer eternally.
Well I’m sure some sparks will fly from this post, but this is the Word of God properly divided and given as He has instructed me to. I need to be sharing with you all the judgement of the world coming, but can’t get to that until the Church itself is corrected and judged. Take heed to the Truth as displayed and not my or mans opinion. ANYONE trying to get you to believe anything other than what was shown you from Gods Word ask for that person to show and explain it from the Bible. Prove it by Gods Word or it’s just your opinion (a belief or judgment that rests on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty). If your opinion does not match Gods requirement, you will suffer greatly- I told you.
Yes I am still working on my book which describes, outlines and explains in detail the many myths and misconceptions of our day as it relates to walking in Victory with Christ Jesus. Thank all of you who continue to ask and look for its publication. I appreciate the encouragement and support.
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Much more to come…