What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
Romans 6:1-3 (in Context) Romans 6 (Whole Chapter)
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Hebrews 6:3-5 (in Context) Hebrews 6 (Whole Chapter)
For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
Hebrews 12:16-18 (in Context) Hebrews 12 (Whole Chapter)
And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Genesis 6:2-4 (in Context) Genesis 6 (Whole Chapter)
2 Peter 2:13
and will receive the wages of unrighteousness, as those who count it pleasure to carouse in the daytime. They are spots and blemishes, carousing in their own deceptions while they feast with you,
2 Peter 2:12-14 (in Context) 2 Peter 2 (Whole Chapter)
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified.
2 Corinthians 13:4-6 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 13 (Whole Chapter)
And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.
Matthew 25:32-34 (in Context) Matthew 25 (Whole Chapter)
1 John 3:7
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.
1 John 3:6-8 (in Context) 1 John 3 (Whole Chapter)
But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Hebrews 3:12-14 (in Context) Hebrews 3 (Whole Chapter) deceiving themselves they have become hardened
Some people debate whether a Christian can lose their salvation or not, or whether these warnings were to those who claim to be Christians but never really were. What does it matter? God is calling us to believe Him and follow Him with our whole heart. Do you really want to find out personally what happens if you don't? Whether the warnings apply to true believers or pretenders, the warnings are there, and God commands and calls us to live for Him who died for us. We must continue in the faith to receive the reward.
Do you want to find out you were deceived and were only a pretender? Do you want to experience what it means to be spewed out of the mouth of Christ? Do you want to know what it means to be saved, but as through fire? Do you want to encourage someone else to? Suffice it to say that these warnings are enough to move us to complete devotion. God has made the yoke easy and the burden light, but the consequences for refusing to wear His yoke are as severe as ever.
The only practical reasons to debate the "once saved always saved/eternal security" issue are to:
1. Make us feel better about living a lukewarm life so we are not required to have a vibrant living daily faith in our savior, or to
2. make us feel better about those lukewarm Christians who have already died, so we can feel good that they are in heaven. We cannot change their destiny one way or the other, but we can change ours while we live, and encourage others to so the same. Let the dead bury the dead, you follow Christ...
You take up your cross and die daily. You lose your life so you can find it. You love God with all your heart, soul and strength and encourage your brother and neighbor to do the same. Why waste time trying to figure out a safe way to be lukewarm or backslide? Press on and run the race to win, not to finish in the middle or at the rear.