As the serpent questioned the Word of God in the heart of the woman at Eden, tantalizing her with the “knowledge” that makes one “god-like”, OSAS teachers continue their beguilement of naïve innocent souls today. OSAS, short for “Once-Saved-Always-Saved” is the heretical doctrine that dissuades Christians from resisting the devil or sin (contrary to 1 Peter 5:8-9 and Heb. 12:4) in the false belief that it makes no difference to their fellowship and union with the Lord whether they did or not. So why bother?
How great it would be if OSAS teachers in Nigeria would reach out to the killer-Fulani herdsmen and their sponsors, for instance! Or the armed robbers, kidnappers, rapists, drug-abusers, cultists, and the likes! But no, the primary target of all OSAS preaching are youths and children who have already indicated commitment to the Lord Jesus and a local Church. These, OSAS preachers insist, must be correctly taught to enjoy some vague “New Creation realities” – which by the way, are NOT demonstrated in the lives of those already indoctrinated into the teachings!
As for drug and sex dealers and their ilk, the doctrine of OSAS simply recommends they ensure they profess faith in Jesus Christ at some time in their life, and that is all! The mind-set or motives in making such profession, or the subsequent lifestyle of those making it, apparently don’t matter a jot. Not even if they recant the next moment and blaspheme the Lord Jesus, OSAS teachers insist all who follow such perverted prescription are saved, and saved for ever! Clearly, in the world of OSAS, playing the “Leah Sharibu” – risking valuable life by refusing to (even if only temporarily) denounce the Christian faith – is totally meaningless!
At the core of the OSAS doctrine is a monumental aversion to the concept of Obedience. This straightaway exposes the spirit behind the doctrine as that of Lucifer. The hallmark of Lucifer-Satan is pride and rebellion. Satanists openly venerate Lucifer as being the only being that could “call the bluff” of the Most High, and stand up to Him! That is why the venerated symbol of Satanists is the goat.
Now when the Bible says, as it does in Acts 16:31 and several other places, that the only requirement for salvation is to believe in Jesus Christ, it is implicitly understood that the one who so believes will necessarily obey his new Lord! As Steve Curtis Chapman sang in The Call: “If we believe, we’ll obey!” Indeed, in the story in Acts 16, the Jailer and his household went ahead to submit themselves, “straightaway”, for baptism (Acts 16:33); just as the Lord instructed: “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;” Mark 16:16
The OSAS preaching pied-piper leading the Chris Onayinka Ministries (aka Saints Community Church) not only rails against the concept of Obedience, he disparages such life-impacting ordinances directly instituted by the Lord Jesus for his disciples as Water Baptism and Holy Communion. Adding these to his central tenet that a Christian MUST never confess nor repent of sin (see our special reports here, and here), the picture is clear of a demon-inspired preacher bent on shutting the door of eternal life against his audience by all means.
Obedience is most certainly a core principle in Christianity. The Bible makes it very clear that whereas demons believe in Jesus, acknowledge Him as Lord, and tremble at His presence, the only problem is that they have no desire to OBEY Him (unless of course, compelled).
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” James 2:19
“And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out, Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.” - Mark 1:23-24
“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.” Acts 16:16-18
Indeed, the original problem at Eden has nothing to do with believing there was God or not. It all has to do with trusting His word enough to OBEY His instructions, despite aspersions being cast on that word and His character. According to Phil. 2, the Lord Jesus came to undo that original error in the Garden by OBEYING.
“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phillipians 2:6-8
Christians are enjoined to have this same mind as the Lord Jesus – in obedience (Phil. 2:5). Indeed, in Luke 6:46, the Lord queries the incongruity of calling Him Lord and refusing to obey His instructions:
“Why call ye me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?”
And He settled the question of whether all who mouth “Lord, Lord” will indeed inherit the Kingdom of Heaven when He declared:
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” (Mat. 7:21)
So what exactly is the grouse of OSAS teachers with obedience? In his teachings tagged “New Covenant Realities”, Chris Onayinka equates Obedience with “Work”, which of course is anathema, since everything is already paid for by the hypergrace of Christ! Under the “hypergrace” doctrine, absolutely no condition or conditionality must be attached with a “gift”, for any such conditionality, when fulfilled, will supposedly confer on the receiver a right to say they “earned” the gift! Absolutely ridiculous!
Thus, obedience is declared loathsome not only in the matter of salvation, but also for any other product associated with salvation. Otherwise, in the perverse logic of Onayinka, that product is no longer being offered FREE of charges.
In other words, imagine that some equipment is custom-designed for me and offered free of charge. The logic of Onayinka would insist that it would tantamount to a round-about demand for payment and “conditionalities” if the kind donor should attach a User’s Guide to facilitate optimum experience with the product!
Onayinka went ahead to boldly illustrate his crap with specific examples. Taking healing for example, Onayinka contrasts healing with conditionalities of the Old Testament with that supposedly offered by hypergrace in the New. He began by citing Exodus 23:25:
“And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee”
He then threw his bombshell: “Healing here is conditional upon your obedience of the laws. It was NEVER free.” (see Chapter 2 of C.S. Onayinka, New Covenant realities, 2015. 19pp.) Plain meaning: “obedience” is a sort of payment!
He then goes on to assert that healings in the New Testament has absolutely no such instructions attached! Onayinka apparently has no problem with making bold statements that can very easily be falsified. Perhaps he doesn’t expect his disciples to do any independent thinking or checking out of facts! Surely, anyone could see that his bold pronouncement flies in the face of several examples in the Scriptures, many directly by the Lord Himself. For instance in the healing of the man born blind, the Lord instructed him to go wash his face at Siloam (John 9:7), and the ten lepers were instructed to simply go show themselves to the priests (Luke 17:14). And so on. Healings in these cases only happened on due compliance with given instructions; and it is utterly ridiculous equating these acts of obedience to payments! In a hospital setting, no one would suggest the doctor should not receive his due payment simply because the patient has been given some instructions to be obeyed. Obedience is NOT payment, goodness me!
It is incredible that a supposed man of God would challenge this basic principle of life and Scriptures. The Bible is literally littered with instances of people needing to both TRUST AND OBEY before they could enjoy the benefits on offer – both in the Old and New Testaments. In the miracles of supplies, we see in John 2 the Lord’s mother advising the folks: “whatever He says, do”. Thereafter the Lord’s instruction was that jars be filled with water before they were provided with wine. Peter had to follow given instructions, launching out into the deep and letting down his nets before the draught of fish in Luke 5, and similarly casting his hook before getting the tax money in (Mat. 17:27 ). How ridiculous to disdain obedience, equating it to “Work” or Payment!
Having attacked the key mechanisms set up by the Lord to bless His people, concepts like Repentance and now Obedience, Onayinka is not done yet. He moves on to attack other basic blessings provided for believers and necessary in these ravaging end times.
It is no surprise that Onayinka would join the now simmering satanic rage against tithes and offerings – the Lord’s gracious standard against economic failure in the current fake world order crafted by the devil. One only wonders why people would not see that whereas no one is ever forced to pay tithes or offerings in a regular Church, if they are not so convinced; no one may attend the Conventions and special meetings of these eloquent anti-tithes teachers without paying specified steep registration fees! And that would be in addition to overblown payments for other services and products!
No, Onayinka’s fury is beyond tithes and offerings. His latest objects of attack are the Holy Communion and Water Baptism.
Onayinka disparagingly refers to the communion bread as ordinary “baked unleavened bread” which “profits NOTHING”. This, notwithstanding that in handing out similar ordinary baked flour, the Lord expressly pronounced “this is my body”, and instructed it be so received by the believer. Moreover the Lord instituted its perpetual observance till He return when He said “do this in remembrance of me”, affirming his death till He returns (1 Cor 11:23-26). In the world of Chris Onayinka, all the breaking of bread by the disciples (including the one at midnight to close the valedictory all-night meeting in Acts 20:7-11) were nothing but regular meals. The disciples knew better than to be observing Holy Communion, he insists!
Apostle Paul however firmly differs. He actually affirms point-blank that the bread which was being broken regularly for example by the Corinthian Church represented the Body of Christ:
“The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? “1 Cor. 10:16
The same mindless and pointless attack is directed at Baptism. Expressly commanded by the Lord as part of the great commission (Mathew 28, Mark 16), Onayinka still finds new “insights” from his Greek studies to show that baptism in water is totally meaningless for his new creation followers. In other words, the baptism the Lord commands at His departure is different from the one He himself received and practiced during His ministry (Mat. 3:16 John 4:2). Likewise in the pervert teachings of Mr Onayinka, the exposition on baptism in Rom 6, or the extensive practice of it by the disciples (eg. Phillip in Acts 8:36-38, Peter in Acts 10:48, Paul in Acts 9:18, I Cor. 1:16. etc) are all our ignorant simplistic readings. No “knowledgeable” new creation Christian practices baptism, he insists!
This is how Onayinka summarises his position on water baptism, and the holy communion:
“We have the MINDSET of Christ! This means the explanation of all things is in Him! Hence we no longer hold baked bread as the broken body of Jesus…..
“So we must learn to receive the finished work without doubts. Let’s grow up and stop depending on the feeling of water to know we are baptized, for the feeling of oil that we are anointed, or the taste of flour that we are healed or the wine that we are forgiven. We are men of faith…” (ibid)
And so the audacious sweet lies continue, and undiscerning young folks gullibly help this false teacher amplify his vain janglings to their complacent and elite colleagues across South West Nigeria. Souls that the Lord has appointed to lift Nigeria into her destiny as a great nation and light for the entire world in the endtime are currently languishing in captivity to false teachers.
Post script: Does God take His Salvation away from People?
The Lord is the author of Eternal Life. He never takes His salvation back from anyone. Indeed, He ensures that not even the devil can take it from us (John 10:29). Yet, as Rev Kenneth Hagins succinctly points out, God will not stop anyone from rejecting the salvation, or throwing it away if they should want to so choose. God never tampers with this free will He gave to men. Otherwise there will be absolutely no basis for judgements or rewards.
Although many OSAS teachers claim Kenneth Hagins as mentor, they with utmost impunity disdain his clear teaching on this most important subject of unconditional security of eternal salvation. This is how Kenneth Hagins put it:
“I believe in eternal security as long as you stay in Christ. He is able to keep you secure. But just because you are a son of God does not mean you are not a free moral agent. You still have a will of your own, and you can choose to stay in Christ or to forsake Christ altogether.”
(Kenneth E. Hagin, The Present Day Ministry of Jesus Christ, pp. 11, 12)
(Kenneth E. Hagin, The Present Day Ministry of Jesus Christ, pp. 11, 12)
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“…no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” 1 Jhn 3:15b
“And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;" - Heb. 5:9