I’ve always thought the catholic explanation to salvation (“am saved, am being saved and will be saved”) was obviously superior to the evangelical protestant OSAS idea. The silliness of OSAS becomes sharply clear when a person who was once clearly an ‘on-fire’ christian, who shared his faith, brought others to christ, lived a disciplined prayer life, etc goes apostate. Many of those in the OSAS camp say “well, he was never really born again in the first place.” Such people refuse to see that such a position actually means that NOBODY can know if he’s REALLY been born again or just had been fooling himself. Poof, no real assurance of salvation.
This morning it hit me that catholics have the same problem with sacramental marriage. We tell people their marriage is forever, that no man can separate what God has joined, but then we go and declare nullity on a nearly routine basis when marriages go sour. Nullity, of course, means there never really was a sacramental marriage there in the first place. Since it appears so completely commonplace that couples turn out NOT to be truly joined by God in marriage, how can ANYBODY be sure that their OWN marriage is a sacramental one?
The two situations seem eerily similar to me and its an uncomfortable feeling since I’ve always considered the OSAS idea a load of horse manure.