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False Doctrine: Calvin's Doctrine of
Perseverance of the Saints (Once Saved, Always Saved)
Bible study on Calvinism: perseverance of the saints, "once saved always saved."



Perseverance of the saints (once saved, always saved) is Calvin's doctrine alleging that it is impossible for the elect (the predestined) to fall away once the Holy Spirit works to convert them.

Perseverance of the saints (once saved, always saved) may be the most popular of Calvin's doctrines. Yet, the Scriptures clearly teach that once someone is saved, he can be lost.


Gal. 5:4; Heb. 12:15

Christians can fall from grace.

Christians can stray from the truth (Jas. 5:19).

Some Christians will depart from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1-3; cf. Col. 2:16-23; 1 Tim. 6:21; Jas. 5:19-20).

Christians can fall away from God (1 Cor. 10:12; Heb. 3:12; 6:4-8 ).

The branches in Jesus that do not bear fruit are taken away, cast into the fire, and burned (Jn. 15:1-6). Because, they do not keep Jesus' commandments (Jn. 15:10).

The apostle Paul knew that he could be lost after being saved (1 Cor. 9:27; Phil. 3:12-14).

Some Christians had already turned aside after Satan (i.e., fell away) during the first century (1 Tim. 5:15; 6:21).

False prophets and false teachers lead some Christians away from God by exploiting them with deceptive words (2 Pet. 2:1-22; 3:16; cf. Act 20:28-30).


Phil. 2:12

Therefore, Christians are admonished to obey and work out their own salvation with fear and trembling.

Christians must take heed lest they fall (1 Cor. 10:12).

Christians must endure, not throwing away their confidence and shrinking back to destruction (Heb. 10:35-39).

Christians must be nourished in the words of faith and in the sound doctrine (1 Tim. 4:6-10).

Christians must take care that they are not hardened by the deceitfulness of sin having an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God (Heb. 3:6-15).

Christians must be diligent to enter heaven, lest they fall away (Heb. 4:11).

Christians must be diligent to make their calling and election sure (2 Pet. 1:10).

Christians must exercise their senses to discern good and evil by becoming skilled in the word of righteousness (Heb. 5:12-14).