Most, if not all fundamentalists believe that once you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, it is impossible to lose your salvation. You are “Saved”. Like many other protestant teachings, this was unheard of before the reformation.
Mt 24:13 tells us we must endure to the end in order to be saved. St Paul says the same in 2 Tim 2:12- We must hold out until the end.
In Rom 11:22 Christians are warned that they will be cut off if they do not preserve in the kindness of God. Hebrews 6:4-6 describes people who are shares in the Holy Spirit (Born-Again Christians) but fall away from God.
Remember what St. Paul says in Phil 2:12 about working out your salvation with fear and trembling. Who should have more assurance of salvation than St Paul?? Yet he still says, “I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I find myself should be disqualified” (1Cor 9:27).
Bottom line-We must die in sanctifying grace in order to be saved. Any mortal sin leads to a loss of sanctifying grace and the risk of hell should we die in that state.
Altar calls are just one of many novelties invented over the last couple hundred years by those who consider themselves “Bible-Only”.
Catholics are constantly being accused of being unbiblical and of having traditions “of men” that are not in the Bible. On the other hand, I hear many evangelicals state that they belong to “Bible-only” churches which totally reject Tradition and rituals. I am told, “We got the Bible and that’s all we need. Nothing else! We don’t need your silly unbiblical rules, rites, rituals, beliefs, and medieval hocus pocus.”
Perhaps they need to be reminded of following are examples of the many unbiblical traditions, beliefs and rituals of “Bible-only” churches:
The following are “Must do’s” to be saved:
Just accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior, nothing else - Not in the Bible
Must recite of the “Sinners Prayer” – Not in the Bible
Must have altar calls – Not in the Bible
Other unbiblical beliefs/practices:
Must be baptized by full immersion - Not in the Bible
Sin is a sin – Not supported in the Bible
Saved by faith alone (sola fide) – Not in the Bible
Christ paid the full penalty of sin – Not in the Bible
Bible is the sole rule of faith (sola scriptura) – Nowhere in the Bible
Private interpretation of Scripture – Bible says it’s not allowed
Health and Wealth Gospel – Contradicts the Bible
Once saved always saved – Contradicts in the Bible
Baptism is symbolic and just a public declaration of faith – Not in the bible
Pre-tribulation rapture – Not in the Bible
Going to church on Sunday – Not in the bible
Celebrating Christmas – Not in the Bible
Celebrating Easter – Not in the Bible
They don’t reject Tradition and rituals, just “Catholic” Tradition and rituals (except the ones that are easy to keep, like Easter and Christmas), then replace it with inferior unbiblical rules, rituals, beliefs, and post-modern hocus pocus!
If we are ritualistic pagans then so was Jesus and so were the first Christians, and so are evangelicals. The only difference is, we follow the rituals established by Jesus Christ and practiced by the early Christians.