I posted this question on another thread for ‘Pastor Bob’ but he didn’t answer it. Could someone please help me understand the OSAS position given the scenario I have below? I’ve asked a friend of mine who believes in OSAS but she said it was rather complicated and would need to get back to me (that was about 4 months ago.). I would love to hear from someone who could answer this with concrete answers as opposed to answering it with ‘questions’. OSAS has always confused me and I would honestly like to try and understand it better.
Here’s the scenario:
Let’s say at the age of 15 I accepted Jesus and my Lord and Savior and this faith was obviously what I’ve heard referred to as ‘saving faith’. For 6 years it was obvious my life was dedicated to Jesus - I was active in evangelizing others, was baptized in the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues, and helped bring many people to the Lord. I was on fire for the Lord. Then I go off to college. I get lazy in my Christian faith and am exposed to people of many different faiths. I become intrigued with a non-Christian faith and 2 years later I begin worshiping with this non-Christian faith, renouncing my Christianity. I no longer believe that Jesus is the Son of God. He is no longer, in my heart or my mind, my Lord and Savior. I am now dedicated to bringing Christians over to my newly found truth and am leading people away from Christ. In this scenario:
- Was I never saved to begin with, because if I had been, I wouldn’t have rejected Jesus 8 years later? If so, then how would I ever know I was saved since I can’t predict the future? Did I only think I was saved but really wasn’t all those years I was dedicating my life to Jesus?
- I’m still saved and if died tonight I would to to heaven, even though I now totally reject Christ and his work on the cross and actively try to get others to reject Him?
- I’ve given up my salvation through my own choice - not God’s - but if I repent and turn back I can once again be assured of my salvation because Jesus will always welcome me back.
Would the answers to the above questions be different if I didnt’t reject my Christianity but perhaps instead entered the world of child pornography or mass murdering? I still believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior and that all my sins - past, present, and future - are forgiven and paid for through the work of Jesus on the cross. I’m just not living like I believe it.