I was talking to a dear Catholic friend a few days ago, who is a church history scholar, expressing to him part of how the once-saved-always-saved and “it’s hard to lose one’s salvation” deception is happening in the evangelical church today. It’s largely fueled by greatest hits verses, of which the current favorite seems to be the gutted version of Romans 8:1, in which the second part has been removed: “ who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
K-LOVE is now running an ad, pushing this deception across America, 24/7, saying:
“Now, there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus.”
“God has set you free from shame.”
But this is only when we obey, which is why willfully sinning ‘Christians’ still feel shame and condemnation, because according to what Paul really said, we’re only “in Christ Jesus” when we don’t walk after the flesh but according to the Spirit. And verses 2-17 also show this. But most pastors and K-LOVE prefer to preach 8:1a by itself, instead — deceiving the people.
I explain why the NIV and many other modern versions took out 8:1b in the links, below. Basically, most modern versions rely upon the corrupted Egyptian manuscripts (where scribes often intentionally altered the texts), instead of continuing to quote the more reliable Syrian texts, which the King James and some others rely upon.
The Devil knew he couldn’t add verses to the text, which would be too obvious, so he removed hundreds, based upon the manipulative research done by Westcott and Hort.