Can a Christian lose his or her salvation?
Can a Christian lose his or her salvation? Is it possible for me to do something really disobedient or grow so cold so I just drop out of my salvation and go to hell forever? This hard question has caused much mental anguish to Christians, including myself at one point in my life. Let me attempt to give the listener some consolation if he or she is struggling with this very question.
Let me answer this question briefly and succinctly. The answer is a definitive NO. Let’s examine this question from a number of different angles. We know from the Gospels and the book of Revelation that the church is the bride of Christ. When we are born again, we become a child of God. We enter into a loving relationship with God Our father, the Creator of the universe. The relationship between a man and his wife mirrors the relationship between God and the church.
Jesus Christ so loved His church that he laid down His life for us. Ephesians 5:25 says: “Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it”. We are one with Christ, the church is the body of Christ, and Jesus is head of the church. Furthermore, Malachi 2:16 says: “For the Lord, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away”.
How could God, Who ordained marriage and by His very nature hates divorce, put away any member of the church that He sent His Son to die for? By His very own nature God cannot reject His own church and willfully throw His own children into the flames of hell forever.
The idea that one can lose their salvation presupposes that one can then do something for their own salvation. Meaning that in order to stay in salvation, one has to do something, since one has to do something in order to attain salvation. This is wrong, because it then means that salvation is works-based.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
The concept of losing one’s salvation comes from Arminian churches which teach that you have to choose God in order to attain salvation. This is an active, conscious choice on the part of an unregenerate man. If you can choose God, it is logical that you can also “un-choose”, and therefore forfeit your relationship with Him, and be in danger of hell if you die.
This is not so according to the teaching of election. Ephesians 2:10 says “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
God has ordained us from the beginning of the world to walk with Him and produce good works. Romans 8:30 says: “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” This verse means that if somebody is elect (in other words, predestined), then all of the events in this chain will occur in his or her life: predestination, calling, justification, and glorification in Heaven. Nobody will dropout mid-way, the chain will not break, and what God has begun, He will finish on the last day. It is not a question of man’s will. You cannot lose your salvation.
Can you lose your salvation because of some sin or disobedience? Just think, God chose you before the world began. Knowing ahead of time, he chose you despite the fact that He knew already what kinds of sins you will commit. Jesus Christ died for all of your sins – past, present and future.
Jesus’ parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15 is so beautiful, in verses 4-6: “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” Jesus is an ever-watchful Shepherd Who watches carefully over His flock, the church. Remember, He is the Good Shepherd. Jesus knows when and where any of His sheep might start going astray. He will go after every single stray sheep and bring it back to the fold. All the time, every time, because the Son of God is consistent.
Does this mean that we can live any which way we want? No, because if we live continuously in sin, we will feel uncomfortable because of it. A true believer will be bothered by his sin, but a non-believer will not. Salvation is meaningless to him. So, if you are listening to this video because this issue troubles you, fear not, because it is the Holy Spirit working in you to remind you of your sin and also to forsake it.
God bless you.