To Lose or Not to Lose

One of the most popular topics among Christians is whether or not salvation can be lost. But I ask, why is this even a concern? Why do we argue about it? I believe that if people didn’t love their sin so much, this topic of eternal security wouldn’t be a topic at all. What people really want to know is this:

Can I continue to do the bad things my mind and body craves and still get into heaven? The topic of eternal security wouldn’t exist if we loved holy living.


So the question: Can a person lose his salvation? If a person continues to deliberately sin after having supposedly received Christ’s salvation, is that man or woman in danger of losing the most precious gift Jesus gave him?


We are saved because, at one time, we recognized Jesus as the Son of God and accepted, believed, and confessed that He is the only way to heaven. This cannot be taken away. Jesus said in John 10:27-29, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  


The answer is clear. Nobody can take salvation from you. It is yours. But are you following Him?

Note that the person continuing to deliberately live an ungodly lifestyle was likely never saved in the first place.


Closely related is this:

Can a man abandon the salvation he once received? Can he say that he used to believe in Jesus, and now, for whatever reason(s), he doesn’t? Sure, he can abandon Christ. But can he, after leaving Christianity and tasting what the world has to offer, return to Christ?


According to Hebrews 6:4-6:

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance.


I’d say that’s fairly clear also, wouldn’t you?

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