Eternal Security

I suspect most Christians have heard of the doctrine of Eternal Security, also known as ‘once saved always saved’ (OSAS). A friend, who is perhaps best described as a non-conformist, has said to me that OSAS is definitely not true, but was then unable to justify that opinion biblically. Another, an Anglican, says that OSAS definitely is true but, again, cannot support that opinion biblically. In other words, each has formed an opinion on what they believe to be true, but with no real understanding of why. (I’m not sure that non-conformist vs Anglican has anything to do with it). My own opinion has no credibility because it is only based on a gut-feeling: my salvation can be lost if I seriously mess up.
I’ve never been tempted to embark on a full study of this subject, although I have previously dipped my toe into this doctrine and didn’t take long to find strong biblical arguments on both sides. Here are some favourite quotes that highlight the difficulty:
For …
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord [Romans 8:38-39].
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand [John 10:27-28].
Against …
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit . . . if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance . . . For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins [Hebrews 6:4, 6].
For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, [Hebrews 10:26].
If I were to pursue a serious study and come to a conclusion for or against, how would I absolutely know that my conclusion would be correct? There is the possibility that one side of the debate is quite straightforward to prove, and the other is the result of misinterpretation of Scripture, for whatever reason. Considering this might be the case, why am I still not concerned about studying the subject?
My personal view is that it doesn’t matter whether OSAS is true or false. I much prefer to take the attitude that it’s false and not risk any subconscious, or deliberate, temporary lowering of standards to satisfy a temptation. We are weak humans. If we believe our salvation is secure, then we will be more susceptible to sinning.
Surely, if you believe your salvation can be lost, then your resolve to resist temptations of any kind will be stronger.

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