There are some people, Christians, who believe that if you are “saved” at some point in your life then you are “saved” forever. I won’t go into the fact that their plan for salvation is usually inaccurate and that true salvation means that they must be baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost – I am just addressing the once saved always saved issue and why we need to repent daily.
Revelation 2:10-11 clearly says that we are to be faithful to God until death in order to make it into the Kingdom. So backsliders and those who are unrepentant are not going to make it – not if you are going by what the Bible tells us.
There are so many scriptures that tell us there are those who will not see the Kingdom – and there are no qualifiers that say, well, if you were baptized when you were 12 this doesn’t apply to you. No, it applies to everyone. Unrepented sin is unrepented sin, simple as that.
According to Romans 8:13, if you are living according to your flesh (your sinful nature) you will perish (go to hell) but if you are overcoming the sins of the flesh (repentance) you will live (inherit the Kingdom).
God promised that those who love Him will be heirs to His Kingdom (James 2:5). If you love Him, you will keep His commandments (John 14:15). So if you don’t keep His commandments (and not just the 10 – Jesus taught us a lot in the short time He walked this earth) then you don’t love him and if you do not love him then you don’t know God (1 John 4:8). If you don’t know God, then you can’t be one of His and be an heir to His kingdom.
Finally, on the subject of daily repentance, when Jesus gave the disciples what is referred to as the Lord’s Prayer, it was a template of how we are to pray. It provided all the elements that we are to address when we pray.
Now, when we understand that we are to pray daily – actually pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – then that right there should tell us that we are to repent daily and regularly. Just as we should also be forgiving other and praising Him daily.