Good early morning Tim, I can understand why you are saying this due to Calvinistic interpretations... I was looking at 5 major points of Calvinism also known by the acronymn of T.U.L.I.P....What I am trying to point out is that after we believe in God we can wander far away and if we don't turn back on our own God will put something in our life to bring us back. Being a Christian is not following rules and laws it is serving him out of a heart of gratitude. If we lose that thankful heart we will wander! If we wander too far he will do something to bring us back to love him. We need to review and refresh our thinking to be as close to Him as possible. When we want to do His will we are in the right p[lace and the Holy Spirit will guide us to do what he wants us to do. Then we are filled with the Spirit which means fulfilling what He would have for us to do. No one ever accomplishes this fully because of our sin nature and the fight we constantly have with sin. Yet He is the one who accomplishes His work in us. We are just clean vessels and our heart is God's heart. My favorite verse is: Jhn 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
Regarading the "U" which you already know stands for "Unconditional Election"... which is the Calvinistic interpretation of predestination... I was surprised to learn that Calvinists believe that God already had a master list before Genesis 1:1 of who will go to heaven and who will go to hell. Now I can better understand your own mode of thinking regarding Once Saved Always Saved from a Calvinist's standpoint.
But doesn't that viewpoint contradict John 3:16 and even the concepts of free will? What's the point if you're predestined to go to heaven and others are predestined to go to hell? How would this Calvinistic interpretation make God fair and just?
Personally, I believe God chose everyone before the foundations of the world but because of Adam's disobedience, sin entered the world and set the course of nature on fire, so to speak. Add in a dash of freewill and a cup of stubborness, and only a few will be saved.