Those who oppose OSAS simply do not understand and thus abuse those scriptures that deal with the MIDDLE LIFE of salvation. 1. PAST LIFE - Spiritual life by new birth - "quickened" obtained, never shall die - in the spirit - Jn. 3:6 2. PRESENT LIFE - "redeeming the time" "save your life shall lose it....lose his life shall save it" 3. FUTURE LIFE - shall put on incorruption...eteral life" in the body. Much of the scriptues on salvation deal with the MIDDLE LIFE or present tense salvation which can be lost and saved ON A DAILY BASIS. It is from this body of scriptures that opponents of OSAS gather to attack the doctrine of OSAS. However, OSAS is based upon the PAST TENSE LIFE that can never be lost "in the spirit". The PRESENT TENSE life that can be lost and saved is the SOUL/LIFE. Here is how it works. All thoughts, words and actions originate from either a good or evil heart. All thoughts, words, and actions = YOUR MANIFEST LIFE OF WORKS. The Lost person has an evil heart and therefore all thoughts, words and actions originating from that source are evil, as the heart is, because it is from the heart that all thoughts, words and actions originate from. If the motive is not "FOR THE GLORY OF GOD" then these are evil works (Mt. 15) no matter how "good" men may perceive them to be. One may help a little old lady across the street, but if the motive is anything short of "the glory of God" it is evil in God's sight. Hence, the lost man can do NO GOOD in God's sight because his heart is evil. In contrast, the born again man has a DUAL nature. He can also manufacture thoughts, words and actions from a motive that is not motivated for the glory of God. All the TIME that is consumed with such impure thoughts, words and actions (works) is LOST, BURNED, WASTED and is an experience SEPARATED FROM GOD here and now (experiential death) which does not count on your behalf for the glory of God. The conseqeunces of such TIME spent is that you sow what you reap here and now (chastening, etc.), you lose rewards in the future and it is LOST forever for the cause of God. However, if you set your affections on things above, if you think on heavenly things, if you yeild to the indwelling Spirit of God, if you submit the Spirit's leadership, He always produces thoughts, words and deeds in God's children that glorify God = works of righteousness. The consequences are you reap what you sow HERE AND NOW (peace, joy, love, spiritual growth, = experiential life/union with God, etc.) and "redeem" that time saved in rewards in heaven. Hence, "to lose your life is to save it." You "lose" it for your own selfish purposes and "save" it by making it count for God's glory. When the child of God yeilds to the wrong nature (Law of indwelling sin) during a period of time, during that period of time he is EXPERIENTIALLY and CONSCIOUSLY SEPARATED (DEATH) from the presence of God, His blessings, His promises, His leadership, etc. and loses that aspect of HIS LIFE forever. He is not separated from the actual presence of God but only at the conscious and feeling level of his experience.