Question: Is it possible for a Christian to lose their salvation?
Because of recent activity over the topic of eternal
security, I felt compelled to write a post addressing the
scriptural basis for eternal security.
Question: Is it possible for a Christian to
lose their salvation?
Before I go on to quote any scripture, I would like to point out that there are
multiple logical fallacies about a Christian
losing their salvation. There are several reasons why
"losing your salvation" is irrational. #1 Why would Jesus, according to
His foreknowledge, pay for all of your sins, past present and future (1
John 1:9), then take away His gift as a direct result of your committing
them. Why would Jesus pay for all of your sins, but then lose you because
you committed one of the same sins he forgave. #2 Our works played NO part in
our salvation (Eph 2:4-10), so how will God then make works the reason to
send us to Hell? It is irrationally redundant. These are the immediate logical
fallacies I see with saying that one can lose their salvation.
Romans 8:38-39 says that nothing can separate us from the love
of Christ. Salvation and Jesus is the ultimate manifestation of that love
(Isaiah 63:8-9). There is nothing that hinders us from salvation, and
nothing can then separate us from that.
Rom 11:29 Says that "the gifts and the
calling of God are irrevocable." His ultimate gift being
Philippians 1:6 "being
confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will
complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;" That is a
promise stating that the regenerative work Christ has begun in us, He will
finish. It isn't up to us...
Hebrews 7:25 "Therefore
He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him,
since He always lives to make intercession for them." Christ Himself is
praying for our salvation, and surely the Father will grant that prayer.
Romans 5:8-10 "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that
while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Much
more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath
through Him.For if when we were enemies we were
reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been
reconciled, we shall be saved by His life."Christ’s
present ministry of prayer (Romans 8:34) allows us to stay saved, just like Christ’s
past work allowed us to be saved in the first place. It is all on Jesus.
John 10:28-29 States that "no one is able to snatch them out
of My Father’s hand." Jesus is speaking of His own sheep, clearly meaning
believers. This is, however, limited to exterior sources for the loss of
salvation. It does not specify that someone can lose their salvation
as a result of their own actions. Jesus then says: "And I give them
eternal life, and they shall never perish," meaning eternal
life. Believers do not perish. A sheep can be lost, but does not
Mark 16:16 "He who believes and is baptized will be
saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned." Keywords: Will
be saved. It's not optional or conditional.
See that Ephesians 1:13-14 says that we are
"sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise,who is the
guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession,
to the praise of His glory." Meaning that the Holy Spirit, which each
believer is sealed with at the moment of salvation, is the
"guarantee of our inheritance."
Furthermore, when someone becomes a
Christian, they receive a new nature, (2 or 5:17) and the fact that
humans had no say in our old nature, we have no influence over the new nature
that God has given us, and what it fully and fundamentally implies. The
regenerative work of Christ is proof for permanent salvation. Just like in
our old nature, we were bound for Hell, and a slave to sin, and even if we went to church or did any
"good" work, it did not affect that nature, our new nature in Christ is
fundamentally unchangeable, regardless of our actions. A son of God
(Christian) cannot change the fact they are children just like any father cannot
change the fact he is a father. It is part of a born again Christian's
Clearly there is a strong and unbreakable bond between a
believer and Christ, the Father, and the holy spirit, and there is actual
strong possession of Christ over His followers, and the salvation He
gave them. Now, the question is if the already received gift of
salvation is conditional upon the belief of the believer. Because, if by faith
in the legitimacy of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we are justified
(Romans 3:28), then once our justification has taken place, will the justification be revoked, or taken away by the same sins we were justified from? What??? It's not like
God will charge us for sins we have already been justified for.
Through faith, by grace, in Jesus.
The roll of unbelief: The justification of our sins is only made valid
by our own faith/belief. (Romans 3:28) It is unbelief that hinders
our salvation. God has forgiven all sins, and only our faith
is necessary for that justification to be made effective, but
we resist. So, once we have believed, our sins are forgiven, the holy spirit
indwells us and begins a regenerative work, among other things, but
what if we stop believing? Will we be held accountable for those sins again?
Certainly not, because God would not justify someone’s sins only to hold them
accountable for the sin of unbelief later on in their walk. I cannot stress that point enough. Also, as
I stated above, once a regenerative work has begun, Christ will follow through
Our salvation does not depend on our weak grip to Christ, but
on His strong and unbreakable grip on us. That is the beauty of it.
examine the scripture that might support the loss of salvation.
Before I go on I would like to point out that there is a
difference between knowing, and believing/having faith. There also is a difference between a
Christians salvation, their faith, and their purpose/calling.
Hebrews 6:4-9. (Read it) This
was definitely the most compelling piece of scripture that might
infer losing salvation. Clearly the book of Hebrews was written to, you
guessed it, the Hebrew nation, and was primarily outlining who Jesus was in
relation to Hebrew culture. That particular passage, once examined in
context, is really a warning for the community to be careful they do not
fall away from believing is Jesus Christ as the only payment of sins. When
someone "falls away" from believing that Jesus alone can pay for
sins, then it's almost like they are "crucifying" Him
for their own shame. They point out and acknowledge that He suffered
and died, but bring Him to open shame when say that His sacrifice alone cannot
cleanse sin. Not only that, but in verse 9, the writer makes a clear
distinction that he was not talking about salvation because he switches the subject to salvation. Context context
Secondly, I found Hebrews 10:26-31, 39 to
be used to say that salvation can be lost. It states that "if we sin
willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer
remains a sacrifice for sins,but a certain fearful
expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the
adversaries." First, it would be crucial to point out (like I did earlier) that being
"saved" and "received the knowledge of truth" are not
the same. Receiving the knowledge of truth is when someone accepts everything
in the Bible, but doesn't necessarily put their faith in
it. Once that is said, the rest of the passage makes much more sense. The
writer is pointing out that those who keep living their sinful life
after they are aware, refusing to repent, and know about the truth, await a far worse judgment,
because they have "trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of
the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit
of grace." Not a nice thing to do at all. Clearly, this isn't even close
to talking about loss of salvation.
Peter 2:18-22. First off, this passage is
about the deceptions of false teachers. Verse 20: "For if, after they have
escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the
latter end is worse for them than the beginning." I really don't see how
this relates to salvation. This scripture points out that
if someone has escaped all the evil things that the world offers, and
then falls into them, it will be worse for him now, than at first. Jesus
actually had a parable about this (Matthew 12:43-45). It's a great and interesting
read, pointing out that when a man’s life is cleansed, the sin/demons that used
to own him, come back more powerfully and stronger. Satan wants to destroy what
God has fixed, and so now that this guy earlier had a few problems, not has
more. This passage has more to do with Christian walk than salvation.
are also several major
sins that are specified in saying that people that practice such things
"will not inherit the kingdom of God." (1 Cor 6:9, Gal 5:19) By this
Paul states that people who are adulterer (Or anything else on the list) won't
get to heaven, but believers are not identified in God's eyes by any of that. A Christian now has an identity
before God which is not based on his own sin, but on the perfect sacrifice of
are several other references, but I won't get into detail. If you have any
other that you feel supports the idea that salvation can be lost, let me know.
Finally! One more point I would like to mention, that might be considered a cherry on top of my argument. Never in the Bible is a clear example of a born again Christian losing thier salvation. It just doesn't happen. I mean, we see people who were born again, and stay that way after they committed several sins (Peter, Thomas, the Corinthians), and people that were never really born again; but never is someone pointed out to have lost their salvation.
conclusion, with all the major scriptures that seem to refer to loosing salvation
cleared up, and more than compelling scriptural evidence for eternal security, I think
it is more than fair to say that a true, born again, holy-spirit-indwelled
Christian cannot lose their salvation under any circumstances.
hope this post strengthened you in what you believe, and opened your
eyes to what you thought was not there. If you saw that I quoted some scripture
out of context, or followed a flawed line of reasoning, let me know.