It would be wrong for anyone to prejudge who is or who is not a Christian based on what they think constitutes being a Christian; and many would certainly share that view. Equally, the absence of clear understanding of what constitutes being a Christian is not edifying anyone that takes seriously the call to salvation.
4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
The Gospel message from start to finish is one of deliverance, redemption and salvation which can never be overstated. We are saved from sin, the Devil and the works of the flesh never again to be in bondage to the fruitless deeds of darkness. But does salvation actually imply as is believed by some that it could never be lost once saved? For it to hold true, once saved always saved must not have any condition or proviso attached; except for the existing precondition, principally being born again.
When considered in the extreme it actually turns out that once saved always saved is shaky, and unreliable foundation for anyone that takes the call to salvation seriously. Supposing you backslide into a lifestyle that is wholly incompatible with the fruit of righteousness and never ever emerging from it remorseful and repentant; or you believe the present and future conduct of your lifestyle regardless has no bearing on your salvation and therefore, inconsequential to your final destiny. Would you still be confident to stand before the great white throne in the knowledge that the total summation of your earthly existence remained incompatible with the fruit of righteousness?
Salvation is a journey that is never stationary, and the moment it becomes stationary is the moment you stop growing. Christians are on a trajectory towards being saved; which started initially with accepting God’s invitation to newness of life through Jesus Christ. It is true that we are to come to God as we are, but the union we have in Christ should transform us from who we were to whom we are called to be. When this happens, we blossom in the very fruit that brings God glory, the fruit of righteousness. By contrast, when this is absent we stagnate and become unfruitful and God is denied glory in our lives.
Bearing fruit of righteousness is not an optional extra that we can afford not to have, but then again once saved always saved; paradoxically, dictates that we can. Therefore the belief that once saved always saved is one of many examples of the doctrines of demons, gaining prominence in the Church and it is to be shunned by all serious Christians committed to the glory of God in their lives.