Blind Followers of Blind Leaders
Can a person who is "saved" fall from the grace of God? There are blind followers who are being taught by their blind leaders that one cannot fall from the grace of God. They teach, "once saved, always saved."
Is this true? Does the Bible teach this?
Once, a co-worked and myself were discussing this very subject. He was a member of a religious organization that taught this doctrine.
Opening a Bible, we turned to Galatians 5:4. Here, the apostle Paul said, "Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law, ye are fallen from grace." Here, Paul is telling these people who were trying to live under the old law which had been done away with at the death of Christ, that they would fall from the grace of God if they did this. This is very plain. Anyone should be able to understand this statement from the inspired apostle Paul. This tells us that one can fall from grace of God.
My co-worker agreed with me that this was true, but, after he went and talked to his preacher, he changed his mind. He preferred the coucil of a man rather than God's word.
The apostle Paul knew that he himself could fall from God's grace. In 1 Corinthians 9:27, he said, "But I keep under my body and bring it into subjection lest that by any means when I have preached to others, I myself would be a castaway." He was concerned that he would be a castaway if he did that which was wrong.
It is sad when religious minded people never wonder or question if their preachers are teaching from the word of God or from their own doctrines.
Again, I urge you to open your Bibles to check whether the things you hear are true or false. Do not be a "BLIND FOLLOWER OF A BLIND LEADER."
Written by S.T. Hodges, a member of the church of Christ
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