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Many Protestants believe in a once-saved-always-saved doctrine. They believe a true Christian can never lose his salvation. They will point to verses such as Heb. 10:14:

For by one oblation he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

Rom: 8:38-39:

For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor might, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

and John 10:28:

And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish for ever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand.

We can answer the Hebrews quote by saying that the sacrifice of Christ does prefect forever those that are sanctified provided we never sin again. Each time we sin, we turn to Christ and His sacrifice, which once again perfects us forever unless we sin again. A few verses later, we are told that Christians can lose salvation.

We answer the Romans quote by noting that it’s true that no one and no thing can make us cease or even hinder our love for Christ. However, we can choose by our own free will to stop loving Christ. God doesn’t make us love Him.

We answer the St. John quote by noting that God is speaking about His elect of whom only He knows. We don’t know who belongs in the group. I’m sure many damned individuals believed themselves to be part of the elect. Even St. Paul was not sure for he told us in I Cor. 9:27:

But I chastise my body, and bring it into subjection: lest perhaps, when I have preached to others, I myself should become a castaway.

These proof-text Bible verses do not support eternal security for all Christians. The fact remains that true Christians can lose their salvation as the Bible clearly tells us.

He who endures to the end will be saved. (Matt. 24:13, Mark 13:13, James 1:12, Matt. 10:22)

We must endure to the end or else we will not be saved.

John 15: 6:

If any one abide not in me, he shall be cast forth as a branch, and shall wither, and they shall gather him up, and cast him into the fire, and he burneth.

To be cast off as a branch, one must first be a member of the tree. This verse implies that a member of Christ can be cut off to be burned.

Rom 11: 22-23:

See then the goodness and the severity of God: towards them indeed that are fallen, the severity; but towards thee, the goodness of God, if thou abide in goodness, otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again.

Again, to be cut off implies that one was a member first. Thus, salvation can be lost.

I Cor. 6: 9-11:

Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of God? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of God. And such some of you were; but you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Spirit of our God.

St. Paul is warning those who have been sanctified and justified that they could be deceived and go back to their old ways for such people will not be saved. Period!

I Cor. 15: 1-2:

Now I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; By which also you are saved, if you hold fast after what manner I preached unto you, unless you have believed in vain.

St. Paul qualifies his teaching with an “if” or else.

Heb. 3:12-14:

Take heed, brethren, lest perhaps there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, to depart from the living God. But exhort one another every day, whilst it is called to day, that none of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ: yet so, if we hold the beginning of his substance firm unto the end.

This is another warning to those in Christ that they could possibly lose their salvation.

Heb. 6:4-6:

For it is impossible for those who were once illuminated, have tasted also the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, Have moreover tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, And are fallen away: to be renewed again to penance, crucifying again to themselves the Son of God, and making him a mockery.

Only a Christian can be made a partaker of the Holy Ghost. He can lose his salvation.

Heb. 10:26-29:

For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins But a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries. A man making void the law of Moses, dieth without any mercy under two or three witnesses: How much more, do you think he deserveth worse punishments, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath esteemed the blood of the testament unclean, by which he was sanctified, and hath offered an affront to the Spirit of grace?

II Peter 2:20-21:

For if, flying from the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they be again entangled in them and overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.

These two verses are echoing each other. It’s better to never be a Christian than to stop being Christian.





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Mark of the Beast

In the book of the Apocalypse, we see reference made about a mark or character of the beast (aka Antichrist). The Bible tells us that either Antichrist or the second beast (false prophet) will make the mark on “both little and great, rich and poor, freemen and bondmen…in their right hand, or on their foreheads. And that no man might buy or sell, but he that hath the character, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name (Ap 13:16-17).”

There is a conspiracy theory that the mark of the beast will be a microchip or tattoo id forced upon citizens of the world by a world government. This microchip or id will be used in place of a cashless society where men will not be able to buy and sell, drive, fly, etc. without the microchip/id.

The main problem with this theory is that the Bible also tells us that the reception of the mark of the beast is connected to “adoring the beast and his image (Ap 14:9).” Those who receive the mark will be damned (Ap 14:11, 16:2, 19:20, 20:4).

If such a mark is forced upon mankind without their consent, they will not be damned. God is just and will not damn an individual for being forced into doing something against his will. It appears that a voluntary slavery is necessary to accomplish the feat.

The mark of the beast could be a microchip or id, but St. John’s hearers wouldn’t know anything about microchips and tattoo id’s encoded with all our information. However, we should fight against a world government, a universal microchip/id, and a cashless society. Government tyranny should not be tolerated! No doubt, a world government that enslaves men fits Antichrist. But there’s another type of slavery and it’s been around for a long time. Antichrist’s slavery is sin, particularly abominable sin.

When St. John wrote the Apocalypse, his hearers would probably have a better understanding what he meant by mark or character of the beast. The literary genre of the Apocalypse, common among the ancient Semites, is filled with illusions, images, and other symbols.

Christians are baptized and anointed with oil on the head. The hands of priests are anointed. Christians believe and think rightly with their heads and work with their hands. The foreheads represent what man believes and thinks, and the hands represent what man does in action through work. Since Antichrist is the antithesis of Christ and Christianity, the mark of the beast on the head and hand is symbolic to believing and working contrary to Christ and Christianity. To “buy and sell” in Ap. 13:17 is a figurative way of saying that Antichrist controls all aspects of the economy to the degree that the whole world will have to interact with the beast in different ways to survive civilization.

The mark of the beast is the name of Antichrist or his number, which is 666. Numbers have symbolic meanings in the Apocalypse. In the Apocalypse 4:8 four living creatures in heaven (Apostles or angels) praise God, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and who is, and who is to come.” The four living creatures repeat holy 3 times to emphasize perfect holiness. The number 7 also represents perfection and the number six represents imperfection. In repeating 6 three times, St. John might be telling us that Antichrist (666) is the perfect antithesis of perfection (or 7). Note also that God’s last day of creation was on the sixth day as He rested on the seventh. Heaven is the day of peace and rest, but hell is eternal chaos and unrest. The beast never rests. He operates on the seventh day, because he is stuck in the sixth day.

On the Lord’s Day, men do unnecessary work, which is a mark of the beast.

666 was also the weight of gold that came to Solomon every year (III Kings 10:14). This gold Solomon kept receiving ties from men working on the Sabbath to make money.

“For they that will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows (I Tim. 6:9-10).”

When Jesus told the rich man to obey the Commandments to have eternal life, the rich man said, “All these I have kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me? Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come follow me. And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions. Then Jesus said to his disciples: Amen, I say to you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matt. 19:20-23).”

Christ was pointing out how the rich man did not keep the Commandments, because he broke the very first one:

“Thou shalt not have strange gods before me. Thou shalt not make to thyself a graven thing, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, nor of those things that are in the waters under the earth. Thou shalt not adore them, nor serve them (Ex. 20:3-5).”

The rich man had money for his god, but the love of money can ultimately lead man to think of himself as god who serves himself with a life of wealth, pleasure, and power.

Antichrist makes himself out to be a god in the same way. He worships himself.

In the first several centuries, Christians were martyred because they refused to give up on Christ, worship idols, and adore the emperor. In other words, they refused what might be called the mark of the beast in their day. St. John tells us, “And every spirit that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God: and this is Antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world (I John 4:3).”

Throughout history, Christians had an option to follow Christ or believe and work contrary to Christ.

St. John also had in mind a final Antichrist, who would have his own particular marks. We live in a world where the spirit of Antichrist is everywhere in society. Not every wicked thing will constitute the mark of the beast, but it will have the same damning effect on souls. Receiving or not receiving the mark of the beast will affect our lives in society. In some cases, it will be difficult to get along without accepting Antichrist’s mark.

Antichrist involves society as a whole. Since Antichrist is the perfect antithesis of Christ, I would look for the sins of abomination and which cry to heaven for vengeance.

Idolatry, blasphemy, and rejecting the Lord’s Day would be at the top of the list as these are against the first of the 10 Commandments. Then again, all abominations are part and parcel with the idolatry of self.

Abortion, for instance, is wicked, but being against it will not prevent you from getting along in society. We can continue to buy and sell (i.e. live normally). Half of society is against abortion. However, vaccines are made by the tissue of aborted babies. Knowing this fact will not keep people from getting vaccines. They will scream against the evil of abortion and then happily receive vaccines they know come from the aborted children. Rejecting vaccines makes people outcasts and it may prevent them from attending schools or other parts of society. Since many people are unaware or don’t believe that vaccines are made by aborted children, receiving a vaccine would probably not constitute as a mark of the beast.

There are two abominable sins that everybody knows in their hearts to be against God, because they are against the natural law. These two sins affect society and rejecting these sins will hamper citizens from living normally. Homosexuality and feminism are two abominations that are contrary to the creation of mankind. These two abominations are forced upon mankind by law. Taxes are paid in support of both. Government, military, law and order throughout the world support and practice one or both and then force these abominations upon man.

When you accept homosexuality as an acceptable part of society even though it’s contrary to nature (Rom. 1, Jude 1:7), you accept the mark of the beast in your head. If you vote to make it so, you accept the mark on your hand.

When you say women are men’s authoritative equal, which is contrary to nature (I Tim. 2:12-13), you receive the mark of the beast on the head. When you put them in charge of government, military, police, etc., you accept the mark of the beast on the hand. When men give in to women as authoritative equals for a paycheck, they receive the mark of the beast on their hands.

So while “Christians” are looking at the future microchip/id as the mark of the beast, these same people will have already received the mark of the beast when they decided to do unnecessary work on the Lord’s Day for a paycheck, when they contributed to homosexuality and feminism by believing, deceiving, promoting, and voting, and when they give in and voluntarily go along with these and other abominations of Antichrist.

When man acknowledges these abominations as the accepted norm, he ultimately has placed himself in the place of God, raising himself above all that is called God; in such wise that although he cannot utterly extinguish in himself all knowledge of God, he has contemned God’s majesty and, as it were, made of the universe a temple wherein he himself is to be adored. “He sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself as if he were God” (II. Thess. Ii., 2). Man becomes Antichrist. He creates his own false religions, ideologies, and evil governments, which promotes himself as if he were God. He marks and idolizes himself.

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