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Can You Lose Your Salvation?

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have of God, and you are not your own? For you are bought with a price (the substitutionary death of Christ on the cross) therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit which are Gods” (1 Cor. 6:19 & 20)

Jesus Christ purchased our freedom out of the slave market of sin. We were born as a slave to sin with a dead human spirit and condemned to the Lake of Fire.

“As by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world and death (spiritual) by sin,
and so death spread to all men…” (Romans 5:12)

“The wages of sin is death (spiritual) but the gift of God is eternal life.

Our sin problem must be solved before we can enter into Heaven because no sin is allowed in the presence of God. We must have righteousness (sinless perfection)
which is equal to Gods righteousness in order to live with God for eternity. We can do good works, go to church, give money, pray a dozen times a day, feed the poor, walk the isle, put on our pious face, get the rosy glow, jump up and down, speak in tongues, light candles, sing Do Lord, go to other countries and give kids new shoes, eat bird seed and lettuce leaves, bring someone to church, get baptized every time you change churches (in case the first one didn’t take) dedicate your life to Christ, rededicate your life to Christ (because the first one didn’t take), make Christ Lord of your life, weep tears of repentance at the alter, bring a pot of beans to the church social, repent of your sins, feel sorry for your sins, kick the devil out, confess your sins to another sinner who is just as bad a you, recite hundreds of false clichés but guess what, all of these things and anything else you do will not give you Gods perfect righteousness.

In other words our works cannot save us. Our attitude toward Jesus Christ is salvation. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.” (Acts 16:31) Notice that Paul here did not say “you might be saved if you meet certain conditions in the future.” He said “will be saved.” Salvation is a decision. It is a belief in the Person and work of Jesus Christ. It is not living a sinless life or a life of doing good works. There are no preconditions to be saved such as cleaning up your life or repenting of your sins.

Titus 3:5 tells us “Not by works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he saved us…

There are false teachers today who tell us that we are saved by Grace through faith but we can lose our salvation if we commit a BIG sin such as murder or if we sin enough small sins. God will get enough of it and take our salvation away.

Could we commit murder or some other big sin as an unbeliever and later in life be saved? Can a believer in Christ commit murder and still be saved? Or does he lose his salvation? As previously stated NO SIN IS ALLOWED INTO HEAVEN. Not big ones, not little ones. Not even one single sin. We must be perfect, sinless and righteous. Therefore, to say that we lose our salvation because of sin is absurd. Everyone sins believers and unbelievers. The Bible tells us that “There is not a just man upon the earth that doeth good and sinneth not…”

So since no sin is allowed into Heaven therefore we can conclude that no one can be saved. In other words they are saying that we are saved from sin by the Grace of God through our savior Jesus Christ and then we lose our salvation because we sin. It’s a catch 22. This perverse lie is directly aimed at unbelievers but can destroy the life and the effective witness of believers as well who fall prey to it.

Satan would love everyone to believe that. If you believed, as an unbeliever, that you lose your salvation because you sin you would throw up your hands and say what is the point of getting saved today because I’ll sin again sooner or later (most likely before the day is out) and then I’ll be lost again. Then how would I be saved again? By believing in Christ again? What if I never stopped believing in Christ while I was sinning? Am I saved or what? How many sins are too many? That would mean that faith in Christ does not really save you. If it doesn’t and works don’t either then what does save us? I can’t know if I’m saved or not.

“And this is the record that God has given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son has not life.”

“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life…” (1 John 5: 11-13)

The last thing Satan would want is for believers to believe that they are kept eternally secure because then, when they sinned, they could confess their sin (1 John 1:9) and move on as an effective witness for the Lord. If they believed that they had lost their salvation they would no longer witness at all. An unbeliever would be more inclined to accept Christ if he believed that his decision for Christ would really save him.

Satan and his seemingly nice followers are very clever and they are everywhere.

The apostle John saw Jesus coming and declared “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world…” (John 1:29) Does this mean that he took away the little sins and left the big ones? Are there sins that he left us to pay for ourselves? NO. He took away in his own body all sins past, present and future.

To say that we can lose our salvation by sinning after we are saved by Grace, a gift from God that we do not earn or deserve, is a contradiction. The very reason that we must have a savior is because we cannot save ourselves from the sin penalty. We must be made righteousness by some means.

“For he (God the Father) made him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin (perfect righteousness} to be sin (paid the death penalty as a substitute) for us, that we might be made the (perfect) righteousness of God in him (Christ).” (2 Cor. 5:21).

“Who his own self bore our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead (spiritually because of) sins, should live (eternally) unto righteousness; by whose stripes (punishment for sin) ye were healed. (God and man drawn together) (1 Peter 2:24)

People who believe that you can lose your salvation once you are saved usually quote verses out of context without much study. They will quote a verse such as Hebrew 10:26 which says:

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins.”

This verse does not say that we lose our salvation after we are saved. This verse tells us that” If we sin (reject the ministry of the Holy Spirit who makes the Gospel conspicuous to us) willfully (of our own free will) after we have received the knowledge of the truth (when someone explains the Gospel to us) there remains no more sacrifice for sins.”

Jesus Christ is the salvation package and if we reject him there is no other means of salvation. It is a sin to reject the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. In fact, it is the only unforgivable sin because Christ couldn’t die for the rejection of himself.

They will use many other verses which I have found to be speaking about loss of rewards in Heaven or verses which are simply irrelevant to the subject altogether. It is an attempt by Satans followers to deceive the unwitting. Their whole philosophy boils down to this; You can only be saved for a short period of time until you sin enough or you quit believing. We are not born into Gods family. Our redemption is not sealed. We are not sanctified.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

“For by one offering (Jesus Christ) He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified.

“In whom ye also trusted after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after ye believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.
Who is the assurance of our inheritance and the redemption of the purchased possession, (the believer) unto the praise of his glory.” (Eph 1:13 & 14)

“And grieve not (by sin) the Holy Spirit of God, by whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption” (Eph 4:30)

When we believe in Christ we are baptized into the body of Christ by the Holy Spirit. The root word for baptism is “baptizo” which means to identify one thing with another. In ancient times the word was used when someone put a wool garment in a dye to color it. The garment and the dye then became one. Water baptism as practiced by John was a ritual, designed for teaching, depicting the spiritual truth of the Holy Spirit baptizing us into the body of Christ which is the true church. Water baptism is a physical illustration of a Divine truth as were all of the rituals of the Old Testament. The body of Christ is not a denomination. All believers make up the church even if they are not a member of any denomination.

The Bible tells us that when we believe we are justified, righteous, reconciled, redeemed and have a eternal inheritance because we become the Sons of God.

Salvation is a decision that we make. We must truly believe.

If someone in the swimming pool tells you that the water if fine and you simply jump in you had faith in him. You made a decision to believe. Jesus Christ has told us that the way to Heaven is by having faith in him. Once we truly believe and accept him as our savior God the Holy Spirit picks us up out of sin and says “Here is Mr. Jones. He has believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and I now declare that he is identified with the body of Christ for all of eternity.” At that point our sins are forgiven.

“Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commended his love toward us in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved through his life.

And not only so, but we also joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have NOW received the reconciliation.” (Romans 5:6-11)

At the last judgment you will stand before God. The book of life will be opened. The books of works will be opened. Your name will be in one of those books. Everyone’s name is written in the book of life when we are born but if you die without accepting Christ your name is blotted out and written in the Book of works. If you don’t accept Christ as your savior then you will have to depend on your own works and efforts to be saved. You sins will not be judged as they were judged at the cross.

“…and they were judged (condemned) every man according to their works. (Rev 29:13B)

And whoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:15)

Salvation is an either or proposition. You are not sometimes saved and sometimes lost.

My sheep (believers) hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish; neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father who gave them to me is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of my Fathers hand. (John 10:27-29)

“…He that comes unto me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37b)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

To believe that you can lose your salvation indicates a lack of understanding Gods grace. Gifts are not taken back by God. We don’t earn gifts we don’t deserve gifts we simply accept them. Salvation is a gift given to everyone who will accept it.

“I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ. That in every thing you are enriched by him, in all utterance and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that you come behind in no gift waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 1: 4-8)

What shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation (trouble), or distress, or persecution, or famine, or peril, or sword?…Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth nor any other creation, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39)