Ok, I’ll try to make the question brief.
There are two passages (more, but 2 really strong ones) that give clear warnings about the righteous/justified/saved person falling away. Here they are:
For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son…And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind… yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death… if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard…
Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet…But My righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in Him. But we are not of those who shrink back to destruction, but of those who have faith to the preserving of the soul.
Ok, I’ve been taught to understand that verses like this serve as warnings to the elect that are used by the Holy Spirit to move them on towards perseverance and endurance. And, certainly that’s true. If I were Catholic, I’d believe that. But, it sure seems like they are not meant for merely that. This is God speaking, and He, by nature, doesn’t try to slip fast ones by us, so to speak. Like “I’ll make them think that they can fall away, when in reality they can’t.”
I’m open to hearing the Catholic side here. It’s a rare opportunity, take advantage of it please :tiphat:
I should request deeper than surface level responses. This is a major issue between “Evangelical Protestants” and Catholics, especially “Evangelical Catholics.”