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Can a Christian lose their salvation? In other words, once saved are you saved NO MATTER WHAT…YOU…DO?
Hey what’s up everybody? My name is Allen Parr and today we’re asking and answering the question, “Can a Christian lose their salvation?” Now on the surface this may appear to be nothing more than an interesting theological debate, but it actually has very practical implications that can affect the way you live your life on a daily basis.
On one hand people tend to go to the extreme which is called license. And license says, “I have the license (freedom) to do whatever I want to do. I can live like a heathen because I can’t lose my salvation anyway.” The other extreme is called legalism. And legalism says, “I’m not sure if my salvation is really secure, if I can lose it tomorrow or maybe I’ve already lost it. So I must work; I must do certain things every day to earn God’s favor and earn His forgiveness.
So I want to give you 3 reasons why I personally believe that once we are saved we are ALWAYS saved.
1. Our Salvation is ETERNAL – Eternity Past – Eph. 1:4 – This scripture clearly says that before God even formed the world He chose us to be saved. In other words God looked down and saw every mistake you and I were going to make past, present and future and yet He still chose us. So when we say a Christian can lose their salvation what we are saying is that I can do something so bad that is going to catch God off guard to where now God is going to change His mind which implies that God did not know beforehand that I was going to do it.
2. Our Salvation is not based on WORKS – Eph. 2:8-10 – So whenever we say a Christian can lose their salvation what we’re saying but we don’t realize that we’re saying it is, “Jesus whatever you did on the cross wasn’t sufficient. It wasn’t good enough. It was good enough to cover some of my sins but not all of them. So what I must do is take what you did on the cross which wasn’t good enough to cover ALL of my sins and add it to my good works (church going, tithing, abstinence, good deeds, etc.) (CROSS + LIST OF WORKS = SALVATION) and if I obey enough, give enough, serve enough, resist my sinful urges enough then between what I do and what you did I’ll get into heaven. The Bible says our salvation is a GIFT which means it’s FREE! We did NOTHING to earn it therefore there is nothing we can do to lose it. Why? Because if it were by WORKS that we were saved then when we get to heaven we could boast and say that we got there because of something we did.
3. Our Salvation is secure because of God’s POWER
a. John 6:39 says, “And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those he has given me, but that I should raise them up at the last day.”
b. John 10:28-29 – These verses indicate that if God has enough power to save someone He has more than enough power to keep them saved and to preserve them.
c. Love – Rom. 8:38 – When we say a person can lose their salvation what we are saying is that God’s love is like ours. It’s conditional. It’s conditioned upon what we do. And that reduces God’s love from being unconditional to human love which is conditional.
(There’s nothing in the Bible that clearly states at what time you lose your salvation or what you have to do in order to lose it.)
So, can you lose your salvation? I believe for these 3 reasons and many others I would argue that the Bible teaches that a Christian cannot lose their salvation.
The biggest argument is…
(Instead of using eternal security as a license to sin and take advantage of God’s grace, instead use it as motivation to praise and serve God more because God didn’t have to choose you but He did in His grace and mercy.)
Now this is a VERY controversial subject and one that I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on so please drop me a comment below either on YouTube or Facebook and let’s talk about it.