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~*~ 1 Thessalonians 4:3 ~*~
“For this is the will of God, your SANCTIFICATION...”
Do you know someone that believes in the “Always Saved Doctrine” without realizing what it actually means to be SAVED as opposed to SANCTIFIED? There is a HUGE difference! Simply put, the act of Salvation comes when a person believes that Yahshua is the Son of God and the Lamb of God who washes away their sins and the sins of the world by His shed blood on the Cross. In addition, those who are saved believe that Yahshua rose from the dead into everlasting life to show His victory over sin and death.
In contrast, after one's initial Salvation is achieved through belief in Yahshua, and after our baptism with the Holy Spirit, the process of Sanctification begins. With the Spirit of God as our Mentor, we become sanctified gradually over time. As we grow spiritually and learn to follow Yahshua's Commandments to love God and one another fully, we become fully Sanctified, which means we grow in righteousness and become fully equipped to serve God and others.
I once believed the “Always Saved Doctrine” too - until I became better educated in God's Word and read it for myself! Once I did, I could see the errors I was being taught with the Holy Spirit's help, and I recognized that Salvation is not really complete without Sanctification, in which we learn how to apply the Word of God and follow Yahshua. Growing in this way is a spiritual issue, however, and those of us who are truly born again and can hear the Spirit of God sometimes find ourselves at odds with those who don't know how to hear the Spirit, and thereby believe many incorrect doctrines.
For those who are confused by this issue, I have written several articles at my POEM Ministry Blog that could help you in understanding the fact that Salvation and Sanctification are not the same thing, but are both necessary for us to grow in our faith. In addition, these articles show how the “Always Saved Doctrine” is not totally true, but twisted. This is because - though a wayward believer in Yahshua may be eternally saved from the fires of Hell - they are NOT saved from being left behind and experiencing the full horror of the Great Tribulation.
Indeed, the Great Tribulation is where God can either succeed in refining wayward believers and purifying them for His service, or where He can allow them to have to experience the Last Judgment after the Millennial Kingdom is over. At that time, I believe that God will save most of them from the Lake of Fire. But they will have sadly missed the Rapture and the Millennial Kingdom.
Here is a list of the 5 most important articles I wrote on the subject, with the most recent article listed at the top. Please contact me on Facebook or through my contact information on the POEM Ministry Web Site and let me know if these articles help you in your walk with Yahshua, or if you need more information. In the meantime, may our beloved Messiah Yahshua bless you richly and keep you safe this Holiday Season as we celebrate His Incarnation!
TO PREACH AGAINST WICKEDNESS!
Your Sister In Yahshua,
Helena Lehman of the
Pillar of Enoch Ministry
Ministry Web Site: http://pillar-of-enoch.com