I comment a lot on the false doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (Justified), not because I have a bone to pick, but because the Lord sees this as one of the worse perversions of His WORD. So that we are clear, this doctrine states that because Jesus died for all our sin, it does not matter if we sin again since Jesus already paid the price for whatever sin we commit. It is ostensibly a license for living how we personally want. In other words sin has no power over us who are "justified" by the cross once we accept our confession in Christ Jesus. They use Paul out of context to support this erroneous position. We call that deception! The people who believe this false doctrine are not evil, they are ignorant of God's WORD, so let's treat them with love and respect in the midst of their ignorance. This doctrinal position is not new, but it gives license to its adherents to pervert the very purpose of the Plan of Salvation at the very foundation of the Gospel message - LOVE.
It is not coincidence that all of the writers (witnesses for God) toward the end of the cannon called the New Testament, write about Satan's deception of false doctrine - the spirit of the anti-Christ. Jude's one chapter book speaks clearly about this:
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches, saying that God’s marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Jude 1:4 NLT
Even a cursory reading of the epistles of John together with Jude give a sufficient argument within context that renders this harmful doctrine false. The definition of sin (singular meaning all matter of sin to God is the same) is to think or behave inconsisent with the Eternal standard of God. Regardless of our confession, our actions or thoughts that are inconsistent with God's standard means we continue to sin regardless of our election. The key is that for non-believers, Jesus' blood does not apply, until they make their confession or election sure by having faith in Christ Jesus. For the believer, our sin's penalty has been paid, as long as we keep the Holy Spirit with us. This means when we sin with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, our sin is unintentional because we are striving to do good against our flesh which thanks to Satan is an enemy against God! This is the purpose of the process of sanctification. The more we practice our faith, the more glory we acquire and the stronger we get in self mastery. When we "intentionally" sin out of the "purpose to do sin", we grieve the Holy Spirit that cannot reside in an unclean temple. Once we do this, we have no longer accepted the election of faith in Christ. Why? John's epistles say that to Love Jesus means to be obedient to His model. When we love Him and have Him, we automatically have and love the Father. Jude ties this deceptive doctrine of once justified always justified doctrine to the likes of Sodom and Gomorrah. It doesn't get any clearer than that. God destroyed these places who thought it was alright to live as their own desires dictated. Justification is conditioned on the election of Jesus as Christ. Your election for Christ cannot be "taken" away as long as your election is intact, but it can be "given" away at any time by the individual who possesses it. This is called free agency which is an eternal principle and means we have the right to choose God's way or our own way. This is a better definition since it is the only definition which recognizes the eternal standard of God's law of righteousness as sovereign! For once justified always justified to be true, free agency would have to be suspended because only if we are in jeopardy to lose our election are we truly free to choose God's way over our own! Think about it!
Family do not be deceived. Christ warned about this day. We have no heaven or hell for anyone so LOVE all people for we all sin and fall short of God's glory. Living the Gospel is LOVING God. Not living the Gospel even after our election for Jesus "could" be spiritual death - eternal separation from the presence of God. Could is conditional because it requires a judgement which we cannot make living in the flesh. Only God can judge the state of a soul. Our job is just to warn about the possibility of Hell that the doctrine Once justified always justified denies! Amen!