Test Your Scriptural Knowledge
of Salvation

(This includes some actual responses we've received upon quoting these verses!)

Who Said:

  • "To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life" (Rom 2:7).
  • ___A cultist
    ___A legalist
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "... do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure" (1 Tim. 5:22).
  • ___Manufacturers of Ivory Soap
    ___Are you saying that you're sinless?
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "Dear children, keep yourselves from idols" (1 Jn. 5:21).
  • ___Manasseh, Hezekiah's son
    ___The Pope
    ___Apostle John, who fought against false teachings

  • "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world" (Jam. 1:27).
  • ___Are you saying we save ourselves?
    ___Christianity isn't a religion, it's a relationship
    ___James, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

  • "Be endeavoring with a strenuous zeal to enter through the narrow door, because many, I am saying to you, will seek to enter and will not be able ..." (Lk. 13:24, Wuest).
  • ___Are you saying we are saved by works?
    ___Sounds cultic to me
    ___Lord Jesus, through whom came grace and truth (Jn. 1:17).

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  • "Instead we should write to them, telling them to abstain from food polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from the meat of strangled animals and from blood" (Acts 15:20).
  • ___You're preaching the same message as the Jehovah's Witnesses!
    ___That must be the Old Testament rules
    ___James, in his final decision for the new converts at the first church council in Jerusalem (Acts 15:2,4,6,13-20).

  • "For of this you can be SURE: No immoral, impure or greedy person--such a man is an idolater--has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. LET NO ONE DECEIVE YOU with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient" (Eph. 5:5-7).
  • ___Charles Stanley
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will NOT inherit the kingdom of God" (Gal. 5:19-21).
  • ___David Breese
    ___You're just using shock verses to scare people
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, 'Save yourselves from this corrupt generation' " (Acts 2:40).
  • ___Charles Manson
    ___I pray for you that you will find true salvation
    ___Apostle Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

  • "Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all ... You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace" (Gal. 5:2,4).
  • ___Teachers of the law
    ___Someone with a poor understanding of grace
    ___Apostle Paul, the true grace teacher

  • "For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live" (Rom. 8:13).
  • ___Someone teaching works salvation
    ___Herbert Armstrong
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips" (Col. 3:5-8).
  • ___John Calvin
    ___He's only speaking to unsaved people in the church
    ___Apostle Paul to the holy and faithful brothers in Christ at Colosse (Col. 1:2)

  • "The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life" (Gal. 6:8).
  • ___Hank Hanegraaff
    ___Ellen G. White
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts" (Acts 11:23).
  • ___John Wesley
    ___We can't tell who's saved and God causes us to endure
    ___Written about Barnabas, a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith (Acts 11:24)

  • "By this gospel you are saved, IF YOU hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain" (1 Cor. 15:2).
  • ___Obviously someone who doesn't know Scripture
    ___Victor Paul Wierwille
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "We have come to share in Christ IF we hold firmly TILL THE END the confidence we had at first" (Heb. 3:14).
  • ___Some unnamed false teacher whom Paul fought against
    ___Someone teaching bondage
    ___Holy-Spirit inspired writer of Hebrews

  • "Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. 'We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,' they said" (Acts 14:22).
  • ___Legalistic Judaizers
    ___Don't you know that "All the way to heaven is heaven"?
    ___Apostle Paul, after he was stoned and drug out of Lystra

  • "Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt at all by the second death" (Rev. 2:10,11).
  • ___Someone who never studied Greek
    ___Anton La Vey
    ___Lord Jesus to the churches years after His resurrection

  • "Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind" (1 Pet. 2:1).
  • ___Joseph Smith Jr.
    ___Jacob Arminius
    ___Apostle Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

  • "And, 'If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?' " (1 Pet. 4:18).
  • ___Brigham Young
    ___Jack Van Impe
    ___Apostle Peter, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

  • "A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: 'If ANYONE worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name. This calls for patient endurance on the part of the SAINTS who obey God's commandments and REMAIN FAITHFUL to Jesus" (Rev. 14:9-12).
  • ___Grant Jeffries
    ___Pat Robertson
    ___A third angel speaking to the Apostle John

  • "He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil" (1 Tim. 3:6).
  • ___Sun Myung Moon
    ___That convert was never really saved and the judgment is pride
    ___Apostle Paul, the true grace teacher

  • "Holding on to faith and a good conscience. Some have rejected these and so have shipwrecked their faith. Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan to be taught not to blaspheme" (1 Tim. 1:19,20).
  • ___King Herod
    ___Augustine of Hippo
    ___Apostle Paul, the true grace teacher

  • "But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven" (Mt. 10:33).
  • ___Chuck Swindoll
    ___Bill Clinton
    ___Lord Jesus, the founder of Christianity

  • "IF WE ENDURE, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us" (2 Tim. 2:12).
  • ___We'll still be in heaven, we just won't reign with him
    ___Even if we disown him, he'll never disown us
    ___Apostle Paul, whose teachings agreed with what Jesus taught

  • "For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins" (Mt. 6:14,15).
  • ___Apostle Judas Iscariot
    ___David Wilkerson
    ___Lord Jesus, whose teachings we can trust

  • "Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They BELIEVE for a while, but in the time of testing they FALL AWAY" (Lk. 8:13).
  • ___You shouldn't get doctrine from the parables
    ___Law keepers
    ___Lord Jesus, the greatest teacher who ever lived

  • "Who have wandered away from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already taken place, and they destroy the faith of some" (2 Tim. 2:18).
  • ___It must have been a spurious faith
    ___Robert Morey
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins" (Jam. 5:19,20).
  • ___Vice President Gore
    ___Somebody deep in bondage
    ___James, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

  • "You will say then, 'Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.' Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. DO NOT BE ARROGANT, but be afraid. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for GOD IS ABLE TO GRAFT THEM IN AGAIN" (Rom 11:19-23).
  • ___Someone who was not a Greek scholar
    ___Norman Vincent Peale
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!" (1 Cor. 10:12).
  • ___Someone trying to create unwarranted fear
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "All men will hate you because of me, but he who stands firm TO THE END will be saved" (Mt. 10:22).
  • ___Definitely a cultist
    ___No, it's a legalist!
    ___Lord Jesus, who never exaggerated or told a joke

  • "See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. IF IT DOES, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us--even ETERNAL LIFE" (1 Jn. 2:24,25).
  • ___Bob George
    ___Robert Thieme
    ___Apostle John, who wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit

  • "Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out--those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned" (Jn. 5:28,29).
  • ___Billy Graham
    ___Mother Teresa
    ___Lord Jesus, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (Jn. 1:14)

  • "Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son" (2 Jn. 9).
  • ___John MacArthur
    ___John Ankerberg
    ___Apostle John, who fought against false teachings

  • "Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me ... If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned" (Jn. 15:4,6).
  • ___Bondage! Legalism! Works! Cult!
    ___That was before the cross and the branch was never really in the Vine
    ___Lord Jesus, the founder of Christianity

  • "For this SON of mine was dead and is ALIVE AGAIN; he was lost and is found. So they began to celebrate" (Lk. 15:24).
  • ___Charles Stanley
    ___Don't try to make a parable walk on all fours
    ___Lord Jesus

  • "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor. 6:9,10, NASB).
  • ___What translation do you use?
    ___Dave Hunt
    ___Apostle Paul, the real grace teacher

  • "Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life" (Jude 21).
  • ___Isn't God able?
    ___Arthur Pink
    ___Holy Spirit inspired Jude

  • "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death" (Rev. 21:8).
  • ___A Jehovah's Witness
    ___The Pope
    ___The Sovereign God from his own throne after Jesus resurrected

    [Who said all those things? The corresponding Biblical reference with each question makes it easy to check.]

    Concluding Salvation Test Remarks

    Elijah used sarcasm to make his point too. Perhaps sometimes a point can best be made that way!

    "At noon Elijah began to taunt them. 'Shout louder!' he said. 'Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened' " (1 Kings 18:27).

    In summary, once saved always saved teachers declare that if you reject OSAS, you are a spiritual neurotic, more likely to sin, in danger of raw atheism, believing in heresy, ignorant, arrogant, a blasphemer, fat-headed and emotionally confused, lack peace, have no proper motivation for true godliness, no foundation for fellowship with the Father, you are not spiritually mature and will never reach spiritual maturity, you are proud, no dumber person in the world can be found, you don't know Scripture well, never studied doctrine, don't know the character of God, edit the gospel and teach Roman Catholicism!

    Conversely, if you teach OSAS, the opposite of all that would apply to you in addition to teaching a message which glorifies God, is the very foundation of Christianity, the necessity and nature of the atonement, one of the outstanding glories of the Christian gospel, and is an accurate presentation of the gospel of grace.

    This is the dilemma one finds himself in if he rejects the idea that a Christian can live like the devil at the expense of his rewards, but still go to heaven; that fornication and drunkenness are permitted under grace, but not profitable; that weeping and gnashing of teeth in outer darkness is in the kingdom of God; that one can fall from grace and never be in grace; that a saved person can be living indistinguishably from the darkened, Christ-rejecting, God-hating world; that we can disown Christ, but he won't disown us; that the Prodigal was lost only in the sense that the Father didn't know where he was; that one can fall away after believing yet never be saved; that there are two types of sexually immoral people -- the saved and the unsaved; that a Christian's future sins are forgiven even before they are committed; that an unrepentant, pre-meditated murderer (a suicide) will go to heaven; that OSAS can be equated to either grace or the gospel; etc.

    The True Plan Of Salvation

    The true plan of salvation is concisely stated in the Bible as repentance towards God and faith in Christ Jesus (Acts 20:21). We are to produce fruit in keeping with repentance (Matt. 3:8) and prove our repentance by our deeds (Acts 26:20). To "repent" means to turn from your evil ways (Matt. 12:41 cf. Jonah 3:10). Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire (Matt. 3:10; 7:19). The Lord Jesus also taught the road to life is "hard" and only a "few" will find it (Matt. 7:13,14, NKJV). The Lord declared there that there are ONLY 2 gates, 2 roads, 2 groups of people and 2 eternal destinies. So don't follow the crowd, since they are on their way to eternal fire, even though they might not know it.

    Moreover, many get saved, but afterwards fall away (Lk. 8:13; Jn. 6:66; 1 Tim. 1:19; etc.). In other words, after initial salvation we must endure to the "end" to enter the kingdom of God and escape the lake of fire (Matt. 10:22; Heb. 3:14; Rev. 2:10,11). Eternal life comes to the repentant the moment such believe on Jesus for salvation (Jn. 3:16; 6:47; 1 Jn. 5:12,13), but there is another important aspect of eternal life that many are totally unaware of in our day because of a different false teaching which is commonly called "once saved, always saved." According to true, Biblical, grace teaching, eternal life is also a HOPE (Titus 3:7), yet to be REAPED (Gal. 6:8,9) in the AGE TO COME (Mk. 10:30) for only the ones who PERSIST IN DOING GOOD (Rom. 2:7) and DO NOT GROW WEARY AND GIVE UP (Gal. 6:9).

    Also, remember this: If a saved person sows to please his sinful nature he'll die spiritually (Rom. 8:13; Gal. 6:8,9). The prodigal is a clear example of this (Lk. 15:24,32). The end result of sin is spiritual death. DO NOT BE DECEIVED by the "once saved, always saved" teachers (James 1:14-16). We must continue to believe (TRUST) on Jesus for our soul's salvation to enter the Kingdom of God. Jesus described his "sheep" as his "followers" (John 10:27). James stated that faith without works is "dead" (James 2:17).

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