Once Saved, Always Saved Is False

“Once Saved, Always Saved” Is Destroyed By The Tenth Plague

The Tenth Plague

In much of American Christianity, the tenth plague of Exodus is taught as a foreshadowing of the protection Christ would provide for our souls. One verse in this account has always stood out to me.

Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. ~ Exodus 12:22

Why does that matter? Well, the tenth plague was when God struck down all the firstborn in Egypt (both human and animals). But he told the Israelites to put lamb’s blood on their doorways as a sign to the slayer not to enter that house.

The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. ~ Exodus 12:13

The blood was to be put on the sides and top of the door frame.

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One can observe that this pattern makes a cross-like sign on the door. I’m completely on board with that. But here’s where I’m not on board.

Once Saved, Always Saved

God does not say that once you put blood on your door, you are forever saved and there is nothing else you need to do, and that it is impossible for you to lose your salvation. Instead, God says to stay in the house until morning. In other words, you are free to leave the protection of that salvation any time you want, but you will suffer the consequences. This is completely in line with the Catholic model of salvation, and completely contrary to the Evangelical model of salvation. Why is this not pointed out when the tenth plague is taught in Evangelical churches?

Babies Had No Choice

Furthermore, babies in these houses were 100% protected because adults put blood on the door. Babies had no choice in the matter, yet they received salvation from it (a foreshadowing of Baptism). Furthermore, these babies had no choice in the matter that earned the tenth plague (Pharaoh killing the newborn males of Israel years prior), yet the tenth plague put them in peril nonetheless.

This is completely in line with the Catholic model of salvation, and completely contrary to the Evangelical model of salvation. That is, today’s babies had nothing to do with Adam biting the fruit, but original sin was imparted to them nonetheless. Today’s babies have nothing to do with their parents having them baptized, but original sin is removed from them nonetheless. Why is this not pointed out when the tenth plague is taught in Evangelical churches?

Same Old Same Old

This model did not end with Exodus. We see it in the New Testament as well.

And when she [Lydia] and her household [which would include infants] were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. ~ Acts 16:15

And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their stripes. And immediately he and all his family [which would include infants] were baptized. ~ Acts 16:33

And I baptized also the household [which would include infants] of Stephanas… ~ 1 Corinthians 1:16

The Bible is always proven true.

2 replies »

  1. I’ve been enjoying many of your articles, but I would challenge the author concerning Evangelicals and their position on eternal security. First Evangelicals are non monolithic on this position, Evangelicals from a Reformed Calvinistic background, yes many or most believe in “once saved always saved” .Arminians such as Wesleyan’s, Methodists and the five classical Pentecostal Denominations, all believe in apostasy and willfull falling away.
    Thank you again for the great site, it represents a lot of due diligence and commitment, well done.

  2. Thank you for the informative comment. I don’t disagree with you. When I use the word “Evangelical,” I generally mean churches in the Calvary Chapel mold. That is, they are Protestant churches where services consist of a pastor on stage speaking to the crowd. They have no liturgy, no vestments, no altar, no statues, usually no crosses inside or outside the building, and their founding was very late in Christian history, even much later than traditional Protestant denominations like Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, etc. That’s not to say that what I attribute to “Evangelicals” does not often apply to those traditional Protestants as well. Then there is Eastern Orthodox Christianity which is very Catholic-like, with some major differences. It gets tricky, so I appreciate you pointing out the nuances that you did. Thank you so much for reading, and for the kind words!

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