Can a Christian Lose Their Salvation?
Millions of Christians around the world believe in the doctrine called, “Once saved always saved.” They use bible verses such as John 10:27-28 to justify their belief, where Jesus said, He gives His sheep eternal life and they will never perish. Believers in once saved always saved, interpret that to mean; it’s impossible for them to lose their salvation. But is that what really that means? That’s what I am going to briefly share with you in this article.
The doctrine of “Once saved always saved” teaches that no matter what you do after you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and saviour, you can’t lose your salvation. One scripture that is often quoted in support of this is John 10:27-28. Which says, 27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. But notice, there’s a condition here, Jesus said, the follow me and I give them eternal life. So you need to continue following Jesus to remain saved. God gives us free will to follow Jesus or stop following Jesus at any time. For example John 3:16, the bible says, 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. So what happens when you stop believing in and following Jesus? Jesus tells us in John 15:5-6, 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. To abide in Jesus means to continue living with and for him. In other words, you can abide in Jesus, you can live with and for Jesus and be in a saving relationship with Jesus but if you decide you don’t want anymore, Jesus said, you will be thrown into the fire and burned. This is talking about hell fire.
Another reason the once saved always saved is dangerous, is because it gives people a false sense of security because they believe that no matter what they do, they cannot end up lost. This kind of attitude is to make Christians less vigilant. It erodes Christian values, it weakens their relationship with Jesus and makes it easy to justify sinning. I remember having a conversation with someone who believed in “Once saved always saved” and I asked him if he ever repented from his sins and asked God for forgiveness? And He said no. why would he? He is saved and whole of his sins, past, present and future are forgiven and he can never end up lost but that’s a very dangerous approach to Christianity, because even after becoming Christians-let’s face it, we still sin sometimes and we need to repent and confess our sins to God for forgiveness, otherwise we will be held accountable for them in the judgement.
Another thing I here from the supporters of ‘’once saved always saved’’ is that, if you claim you have been saved, but have sin in your life that means you were not saved in the first place. They sight 1 John 3:9 in support of their argument. It reads, 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. But what happens if you end up committing some type of sin? It could cause you to doubt your salvation and really shake your faith. 1 John 3:9 is not talking about committing one or even a couple of sins after you have been saved, it’s really talking about your pattern of life. It means that someone who has been saved, will not be a habitual sinner, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will never sin; there are many examples in the Bible of believers who have sinned.
When Jesus said he gives his sheep eternal life and they will never perish, that was on condition that they continue following him. God gives us free will and if we use that free will to choose to stop following Jesus, we forfeit God’s gift of salvation. We are not forgiven for past present and future sins, as proponents of “once saved always saved” claim, Roman 3:25 tells us that, 25 whom God set forth as a [a]propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed,. In other words, when we receive salvation, our past sins are covered and if we commit new sins, it’s important to repent and confess them to God. Otherwise we will be held accountable for them in the judgement.
In addition, “once saved always saved” gives people a false sense of security of salvation because they would be living a life of sin and thinking they’re still saved. Due think the doctrine of “once saved always saved” is biblical? Let me know why? Or why not in the comment section or you can e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org .
Lets Pray: Heavenly Father a beautiful sight of the must be endless wisdom, boundless love and awesome purity. One day we will stand before you and Lord I have absolutely no doubt it will be silent and with everything about you will transcend anything we could say. Thank you for anyone who will take time to read this article. If anyone is running in the opposite direction stop them with your loving hands and turn them around. Lord I ask you for your understanding and wisdom in this time we are living, no one has ever lived in such a time, but Lord we need you, thank you for your son Jesus Christ and for saving us, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. God Bless.