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Episode 6: Once Saved Always Saved vs. Repentance, Renewal, Regeneration

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The big question I have right now is centered around this debate: are we required to repent of our sins and to avoid sin once we have become "saved" by faith in Jesus Christ? Or is salvation guaranteed no matter what you do after that point? I've always thought I had this figured out but it's amazing what sort of debate there is going on out there. I always thought it would be better to be on the safe side and not only make sure that I myself used the spiritual tools at my disposal to be in a constant state of renewal and repentance, but also to believe that it is necessary for my salvation to avoid sin at all costs. Then, as a result I would be able to encourage others to do the same. And yet there are those who claim that someone who is "working" in this way is actually not saved or born again because they are allegedly trusting in works. This to me seems like a complete paradox because these are the same people who are saying it's blasphemous to believe that you can do anything to earn or lose your salvation, but then they are calling the people who encourage repentance unsaved. These sorts of debates are completely counterproductive to the gospel mission and yet they are central to the concept of our faith. Tonight we will discuss this topic without getting too worked up and try to make sense of it. Please call in and weigh in. What do you think? Can a person lose his or her salvation by falling back into sin? Can you use scripture to back up your viewpoint? Admittedly I can not properly put this into words, but hopefully that won't matter. I pray that something will get straightened out while covering this topic.

Also, what is the role of anything political in the life of a Christian?  Do Americans have a special role/view themselves differently?

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