Do those who oppose Once Saved Always Saved deceive and frustrate young, struggling believers (new converts)?
That is not how the first-century Christians felt about new converts. Back in that era, the servants of God felt truth and sound doctrine were imperative to spiritual growth, regardless if one was a new convert or not (1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 20:32). Since the Bible clearly teaches a conditional security, then this is what all Christians need to be taught, as was the case back then.
The book of Hebrews was written to Christians who were struggling and needed to be taught certain basic truths all over again (Heb. 5:11,12; 12:12). That book is filled with passages that refute Once Saved Always Saved. Therefore, such teaching isn’t a hindrance to any Christian, but an obvious remedy and aid, according to this book and Scriptures found elsewhere.
Specifically, Paul let Timothy know that especially new converts were in spiritual danger by getting in the office of overseer. Such a violation could lead to their damnation (1 Tim. 3:6). Obviously, such information about the believer’s conditional security couldn’t be detrimental, but beneficial for one to know.
Copyright Dan Corner.