Chapter 1

In the summer of 1991, I was asked to lead the singles ministry in a fairly large Assembly of God church in the southern part of the United States. I was not on staff, but I was doing the job of a “single's pastor.” After teaching a three-month series on spiritual warfare and prayer, the Lord directed me to lead our singles group and a college ministry from another church to the streets of our city to preach the gospel.

In the days that followed, we prayed about where to go and how to approach this new outreach. Naturally, the Lord was faithful and gave us a strategy to reach the lost. Part one of His plan was that we were to have all-night prayer meetings on every other Friday night which would be followed by actually going witnessing together on Saturday night. In the beginning, we went to the malls and then later to the inner city. This combination of prayer and evangelism proved to be very effective as we began to see dozens of people accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and Lord.

One of those weekends, we went out witnessing with the other singles/campus ministry in their city. They were from Auburn, Alabama which is the home of Auburn University. By this time, it was fall and school was back in full swing. That particular day we did not arrive until late Saturday evening, so we decided to go out to the fraternity parties and tell people about Jesus.

As always, I broke up the large group and sent them out in pairs. I always tried to put an experienced person with a less experienced person, so that there would be at least one bold leader who would initiate conversations with people. After I assigned them a partner, we all just went in different directions to find some lost college students.

Later that night, I walked up to one of our teams just as they were finishing a conversation with a young man and his girlfriend. As I approached, I watched that couple walk into a wild fraternity party with a cooler full of beer and their arms wrapped lustfully around each other. After which, our witnessing team told me what had been said in their exchange with that couple

They explained to me that as they began to tell this couple about Jesus and how that they had to turn from their sin, the young man spoke up and said, “Look guys, my dad is a Baptist preacher and I was saved when I was a little boy. So, I know that I am going to heaven because I’m once saved, always saved.” Now, the fact that he was going to get drunk and party with a bunch of lust-filled college students did not seem to bother him at all. From what he said, it is obvious that the teaching of “once saved, always saved” had influenced his decision to live in sin and he was the son of a minister.

Truly, this situation is awful, but the horror of it all is that I have had this situation happen too many times over the years. Unfortunately, it has become a very common experience. I have personally discovered that multitudes are deceived by the error of “once saved, always saved” because almost every time I go out witnessing on the street or door-to-door or on a college campus, I run into people who believe that they will go to heaven while they live in sin.

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Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,