Backsliders who desire to draw close to God once again should be encouraged by various passages of Scripture such as the following:
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. (James 5:19-20)
You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. (Rom 11:19-23)
Remember that God is faithful to forgive our sins if we confess them.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
This must be understood in light of Prov 28:13 which teaches not only to confess sin but to renounce those sins to find mercy.
Examples of backsliders who returned to God are King David and the prodigal son. Others fell away and never came back like Solomon and Judas.
Nearly 2,000 years ago the apostle Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, predicted that the day would yet come when people would not put up with sound doctrine. He wrote to Timothy about this and informed him how to counteract it. This is what he said:
“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (2 Tim. 4:2-4).
That time is here! Multitudes of people living in our day are not putting up with sound doctrine and there are a great number of teachers saying what itching ears want to hear. The combination of these has resulted in various false doctrines.
But of all such teachings so produced, there is one doctrine in particular that is especially ear tickling, flesh-inciting, scripture-distorting and sin-breeding. This same teaching lulls Christians to sleep, takes them off their spiritual guard, destroys the fear of God, sets them up for a spiritual fall and is very prevalent. It is known under various names. Some call it eternal security, like Charles Stanley. This is how he defines this teaching:
“Listen, eternal security is that work of God by which He guarantees that the gift of salvation once received is, listen, is forever possessed and cannot be lost.
Others in Calvinistic circles call this same teaching the perseverance of the saints, while still others know it as the teaching of once saved, always saved. Reformed teacher, Steve Brown, comments about these different names:
“Very strong, orthodox, fundamental, Bible-believing Christians disagree on the doctrine. The doctrine is called uh, by Baptists, eternal security or once saved always saved. Those of us who are Reformed uh, call it the perseverance of the saints, but we mean the same thing. And the doctrine states that once you’re saved, you’re always saved, that God holds you, that you will persevere to the end.”
The doctrine of once saved always saved can be simply defined, as its name declares, that is, once a person becomes saved, he will always remain saved.
In this message, you will hear actual OSAS teachers offer counsel consistent with this teaching regarding adultery, fornication, alcoholism, pornography, suicide, murder, homosexuality, etc. Brace yourself for some shocking audio quotes from people with a staggering influence in religious circles.
This is a one hour audio message by Dan Corner with actual excerpts from big-name eternal security teachers and our biblical refutation. Very hard hitting and eye-opening.
There will be a 42 month period that the Antichrist (also called the beast) will ravage and destroy multitudes, especially the saints and Jews (Rev. 12:1-17; 13:7). It will be the bleakest and darkest period of human history and will extend over the entire globe! The Antichrist, the evil world dictator at the time, will have complete control over all financial transactions, even the simplest grocery purchases. His reign will suddenly end after 42 months and his fate is clear:
But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. (Rev 19:20)
Sandwiched in between the details about the Antichrist is a highly important piece of data that should be carefully remembered. That detail is, the people who take the mark of the beast and worship his image were deceived by miraculous signs performed by the false prophet, who will be promoting the Antichrist! Hence, not all supernatural signs are from God.
One final point: If Rev. 19:20 is compared to Rev. 20:10, the Antichrist and false prophet are still conscious and in torment 1,000+ years after being thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur! That fact is destructive to the Jehovah’s Witness and Seventh Day Adventist doctrine of annihilation for the wicked dead. The wicked dead will be conscious forever, just like the righteous overcomers who enter God’s paradise kingdom. Furthermore, the doctrine of universal salvation for everyone is destroyed by these same Scriptures. Rev. 12:11 is also a vital Scripture to have memorized for that period.