[quote=javelin]From what I understand, the essential belief is that once one claims Christ as Lord and Savior, one is born again into a new life in Christ. Once we are born again, we are His adopted sons and daughters. Since Christ does not lose anyone that is His, once we are part of His family, we can never be “un-adopted”. Being God’s sons and daughters, born to new life in the Holy Spirit, we are inheritor’s of everlasting life. All sins, past, present and future are “paid in full” and have no bearing on our salvation. Though God may be saddened by our sins, He can no more “disinherit” us than any person would willingly abandon their own child.
Thus, salvation is assured.
That, at least, is about how I understand it.
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Hebrews 12:4-8 You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin…God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline? BUT if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are ILLEGITIMATE CHILDREN AND ARE NOT SONS.
Hebrews 5:9 and having been made perfect, He became to all those who OBEY HIM the source of eternal salvation.
Hebrews 12:14-17 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one COMES SHORT of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many BE DEFILED; that there be no immoral or godless person like Esau, who SOLD HIS OWN BIRTHRIGHT for a single meal. For you know that even aferwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was **REJECTED, **for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
2 John 8,9 WATCH YOURSELVES that you might not LOSE what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Any one who GOES TOO FAR and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, **DOES NOT HAVE GOD; **THE ONE WHO ABIDES IN THE TEACHING, HE HAS BOTH THE FATHER AND THE SON
Rev. 3:5 He who overcomes shall thus be clothed in white garments; and I will not ERASE HIS HAME from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
These and several other hundred verses show that you cannot live any way you want and be “saved.” I used to believe that as a Baptist, but with years of study, I realized to believe that I would have to toss out most all of the New Testament.
Jesus himself said (Matt. 7:16) "YOU WILL KNOW THEM BY THEIR FRUITS."http://forums.catholic.com/images/icons/icon14.gif