His heart is hardened, his grandpa told him somethings about the catholic church that has carried over into his adulthood, so he rejects any teachings whether it sound true or not to him.
[quote=Matt16_18]There is no logic in “Once Saved, Always Saved” - to truly believe this heresy requires not just throwing reasoning and most of scriptures out the window, but completely destroying one’s conscience as well.
You were on the right track with your sarcastic response, but you could have pressed your friend harder: “ WOW, since a saved” man has a guarantee that he will enter heaven no matter how he lives his life on earth, then that means he could die as an unrepentant Satan worshipper whose last act on earth was to commit the unforgivable sin. So tell me my friend, what would an unrepentant, unforgiven Satan worshipper do in heaven? And if God can allow an unforgiven Satan worshipper into heaven, why won’t God allow everyone to enter heaven?”
You know what he would say to that… well that person never truly had faith in God or else he wouldn’t have become a Satan Worshipper.
Your friend gave himself away when he replied that “if you are truly saved you wouldn’t do that.” That proves that your friend really doesn’t believe in OSAS - what he really believes is that living a moral life is not optional for a Christian. (There is still hope for your friend because he has not yet made a shipwreck of his faith by committing the blasphemy of rejecting conscience).
Again, I have said that before, and he spins it by saying… That person was never saved in the first place… God knows his heart and his heart obviously wasn’t in the right place if he turns his back on God. Oh believe me, you are preaching to the choir my friend. I do believe there is hope and I believe I have to become a better wittness of the faith as a friend by my thoughts (obviously he can’t here them), words, and actions.
Ask your friend what happens to the backslid Christian that dies unrepentant for living an immoral life.
His response to this is as follows: **I believe losing your salvation is wrong for this reason. We gain our salvation through Jesus Christ and Him alone. If we have to work to keep it that is placing our salvation in the hands of ourselves to keep it. God also say he will never let us go.
Obviously this idealogy refutes many scriptures. I have pointed it all out, but he spins the scriptures and says it means something else.
If I give him the book that was recommended, he wouldn’t read it. Because he already has it set in his mind that he is right and I am wrong… No matter what scripture I pose to him. Then I ask him to logically think about what he is saying and he says Jesus Christ’s mystery of salvation is not logical… that is why it is a mystery.
I don’t want to give up, maybe some day he will search the truth… I don’t know if he is ready or what is up.