Can Christians Lose Their Salvation?
“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” – Hebrews 10:26
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In the religious world today, there are many who teach that only those who are true believers are the ones who remain faithful to the cross and committed to the end. They contend that people who don’t continue in the ways of Christ, after beginning and first believing, never were genuine about the Christian walk in the first place. Well, that’s not always true. A person can believe wholeheartedly and then at some point stray from the truth and fall from grace. Let’s view this topic in light of Scripture.
1. 1 Timothy 4:1-3 – “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and the teachings of demons, through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared. They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods that God created to be received with gratitude by those who believe and know the truth.” Paul warned Timothy that it was possible for believers to depart from the faith and that some actually would because they would follow the lies of false teachers.
2. Galatians 5:4 – “You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace!” The Christians in Galatia needed to be reminded of the purpose of the law, and Paul, through the Holy Spirit, told them that any one of them who were trying to seek justification any other way (for them it was through the law) than by Christ had fallen from grace.
3. 2 Timothy 2:17-18 – “Their word will spread like gangrene, among whom are Hymaneus and Philetus. They have deviated from the truth, saying that the resurrection has already taken place, and are overturning the faith of some.” We have an example of two people who were once Christians who left the path of truth and taught something different than what was true of God, Christ, and His church. Paul said to the Galatians that “there are some who are troubling you and want to change the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him” (Galatians 1:7-8). Unfortunately, this is still happening today – people are preaching a gospel that is not the true gospel of Christ.
4. James 5:19-20 – “My brothers, if any among you strays from the truth, and someone turns him back, he should know that whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save his life from death and cover a multitude of sins.” A person can know, have, and obey the truth, still end up straying from it, and ultimately be on the road to death if they do not turn back to God. Romans 8:12-13 says that if you live according to the flesh, you will die.
The scriptures are very clear: once a person is saved, they are not always saved. It’s possible to fall from grace, to stray from the truth, and to depart from the faith. I think that’s why Paul admonished to work out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). He knew that it was possible, that’s why he said brought his body under strict control, so that he wouldn’t disqualify himself from the crown of life that is prepared, by giving in to fleshly and worldly desires (1 Corinthians 9:27). Even Judas Iscariot went from being an apostle to an apostate. A follower of Christ can lose their salvation.
The great hope is that you can be saved. You can do so if you obey Him by doing what He commands: believe in Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God; confess that Jesus is Lord; repent of your sins; be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, be faithful until death, and you can be saved and live a new life in Christ Jesus (Mark 16:16; Romans 10:9; Acts 2:38, Revelation 2:10).
“When a righteous person turns from his righteousness and practices iniquity, committing the same abominations that the wicked do, will he live? None of the righteous acts he did will be remembered. He will die because of the treachery he has engaged in and the sin he has committed.” – Ezekiel 18:24
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