God promises salvation to those who lay down their life and abide 100% by his will. That would mean you never commit a mortal sin again, which is possible but highly unlikely for the average christian. The logic of “once saved, always saved” is a very illogical approach if you read the bible and have any understanding of the teachings of Jesus. Claiming salvation before it is guaranteed is just hurting yourself.
“If we sin deliberately after receiving knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains sacrifice for sins.”-Hebrews 10:26
So as a christian we know the truth that it is the bible, yet we all continue to sin. We can’t be once saved always saved if we continue to live in sin. We have the knowledge of the truth yet we continue to deny it by living in sin.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.
Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?’
Then I will declare to them solemnly, ‘I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.’
Only the one who does the will of my Father. Thy will be done. If you are mortally sinning you are not following God’s will. If you deny God, he will deny you. Stop going around telling everyone you are saved when clearly you are contradicting The Bible.
“Jesus died on the Cross for my sins, so technically my sins are forgiven.”
Jesus died on the cross so you had the hopes of salvation. The blood Jesus shed is for hopes of salvation, not guaranteed salvation. Sins are forgiven after you go to confession. Jesus shedding blood 2000+ years ago doesn’t automatically forgive your sins before you commit them. Before Jesus died on the cross people were not able to enter heaven because the savior was unknown. Adam and Eve created mortal sin, and Jesus came to save us from their sin.
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6
Simply put Jesus dying on the cross means possibility of salvation. Without Jesus there is no salvation for anyone.
Mortal Sin and Confession
Catholics believe in mortal sin, which is a grave sin against God, where you actively chose to deny him. With the logic of once saved, always saved you are saying that even if you deny God he will welcome you into heaven. Interesting logic because God sent his only son to die on the cross for your sins, in hopes of eternal life and you can’t even have remorse for your sins? I understand that Gods mercy is reckless and his love is infinite, but it just doesn’t sit right with me as a catholic when people tell me that they are going to heaven just because they “accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior.” It seems like a very ignorant approach to go to heaven for me. Don’t we have to be humbled to enter heaven? Jesus was humbled for our sins and you can’t even be humbled for your own.
Confession humbles you for your sins and cleanses you of those sins. When you go to confession the priest is acting in persona christi which translates to in place of Christ. Confession is one of the most important sacraments in the Catholic church and regularly receiving the sacraments helps in salvation. Confession is a tool that helps us get to heaven. God knew that we would all mortally sin at some point in our lives, yet he wants us all in heaven. You can’t enter the gates of heaven in mortal sin, you have to be cleansed from all your sins before you can meet Jesus face to face. I would rather not spend years in purgatory so I go to confession as often as much as I possibly can.
The church teaches to go to confession once a year, but I would say at least once a month so you are in the state of grace as much as possible.
I am imperfect, I mortally sin and I struggle to be better, but I try. I go to confession because I desire more than anything in the world to spend eternity with Christ in heaven. I will never sit here and claim that I deserve salvation just because I am christian. God owes me nothing, yet I owe him everything. God is so good to me, yet I still mortally sin. If I claim God is all I ever have desired I would be lying, I have fallen into sin, I have fought God on getting me out of my sins but he has pulled me out time and time again. We don’t deserve him and for me to ever claim that I am promised heaven just because I have the title of christian is wrong. I am not once saved, always saved, and neither are you. Living in ignorance is the easy way out and the easy way is not the way to heaven, the easy way is the way of this world.
Why can’t we confess our sins directly to God?
There is nothing wrong with confessing your sins to God after you committed them, it is actually highly encouraged. Yet, when you mortally sin you completely break your bond with God. You are in bad standings with the Lord and a solution to your sins isn’t confessing them directly to him in the quietness of your own heart. The thing is God sent his only son to lay down his life for our sins so that we might have hopes of eternal life in heaven. That man is Jesus. Jesus suffered 40 days and 40 nights in the dessert being tempted by the devil, at the end of those 40 days he walked to Calvary and was hung on a cross to die. We did that to Jesus!! We crucified our Savior, the most perfect person to ever step foot on this earth and we crucified him!
So listen to this, Jesus can be crucified for our sins, and you can say you follow Jesus but be comfortable in your mortal sins and then sit back and say I am saved because I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, But if you truly in your heart accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you would be humbled for your sins and not claim there is already your place in heaven.
The main verse that defends “once saved, always saved”
“No one who is begotten by God commits sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot sin because he is begotten by God.” – 1 John 3:9
If you are born to God you sin no longer. This is not saying that just because you are a christian your sins are not bad. If you are a christian and you sin it is actually worse than non believers because you know better. This verse just goes back to defending that if you 100% follow God’s will, you will be saved in heaven. You are “once saved, always saved” if you never sin again and by that logic none of us are saved.
That’s why Jesus instituted the sacraments of the church. The sacrament of confession helps you to enter into heaven. We have to baptized for a confession to be valid at all, and after that we’re only supposed to go if we’re Catholic, are in the RCIA process of becoming Catholic, or are a baptized non-Catholic in danger of death! Here is the thing God knew that we would sin, that is why he sent his only son. But God also knew that he only wanted those who abided in him to enter heaven. Confession just makes sense! I want to abide in the Lord but sometimes I mess up. I am not going to claim that I get to go to heaven just because I identify as a christian. Instead, just like Jesus was for me, I am going to be humbled and do penance for my sins and go to confession.
Confession isn’t supposed to be comfortable. If Jesus died on the cross for you and your sins, you can go to confession for him.