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Sunday, May 06, 2012


Charles E Flynn

“Once saved, always saved” has always struck me as theology done at the level of a consumer product.


Had a recent com-box discussion on this subject. Charles Flynn is right insofar as this has not been thought through clearly. "Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ" and similar quotations always leave aside that one variable, human free will.

When Christ speaks of abiding in him here, it is clear that the one who is cut off is the one that does not abide in him. After having assured us elsewhere that no one can take us from him, clearly the only way then that someone might not abide in him is through their own free will.

One OSAS proponent then suggested that if our salvation is dependent upon our free will that suggests that God is powerless to save us. The problem comes, I think, from isolating Scripture verses and removing the context of the whole.

Any good Evangelical evangelist will remind you that "he is not willing that any should perish..." and also point out that Jesus has the power to save you. Moreover, they will readily caution that "wide is the gate that leads to destruction and narrow the gate that leads to life and few there are that find it" yet have not put all of those thoughts together.

If God has the power and is not willing that any should perish, why then is not everyone saved? The only remaining variable is man's free will, which God will not violate. Unless then God removes a person's free will once they are in a state of grace, then OSAS is patent nonsense. This is clear based on Scripture.


The Holy Father's book has been pre-ordered.This Lent will also see the spring cagmaipn for the 40 DAYS FOR LIFE; I hope many readers will be participating in this national effort, now expanded to 246 cities. We will be conducting our first cagmaipn in my city. Pray and fast for the protection of the unborn and stand in public witness as well!

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