After a person receives Jesus Christ as his or her Lord, can they ever lose their salvation?
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance…” (Hebrews 6:4-6, NKJV). This seems to indicate they can lose their salvation..
Let’s carry this a step further. “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins.” (Hebrews 10:26, NKJV). Clearly, salvation may be lost, but how? Can a sin cause us to lose our salvation, and if so, which sin? Usually at this point we respond, “Well, the big sins… murder, adultery, etc.” If that’s the case, then surely King David must have lost his salvation.
It becomes clear that it is our attitude that has everything to do with our salvation. “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12, NKJV). The sole purpose for sending His Son into the world was to “Seek and save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10, NKJV).
So, the question remains, can sin send one to hell? Yes and no. God’s message to us is clear: “Be holy, for I am holy” (Leviticus 20:7,26; 1 Peter 1:16, NKJV). This doesn’t say be perfect. It says be holy – be committed, sanctified unto God. There will always be times of stumbling. If we were perfect, we wouldn’t need God.
Sin is like a poison; it has a numbing effect on our conscience, our ability to hear the Spirit of truth. If we resist that voice long enough and remain in sin, we can reach the point of losing all conviction and simply walking away from God. The true nature of God is to draw men out of their sinfulness; to forgive them and lead them on a path of wholeness.
When my wife was a little girl, she decided she was going to run away. Her mom had given her an answer she didn’t like, so she packed a bag, spent the next 20 minutes walking around the yard until, realizing she had no place to go, she went back inside. Of course, her mom welcomed her back and life went on. Believers who fall into sin are like this. Sin doesn’t cut off our relationship with God, but if we don’t repent, it can cut off our fellowship with Him.
If an adult child decides he or she has had enough of their parents; they file a restraining order against them, changing their last name and legally making it clear they never want any further association with them. It is analogous to losing one’s salvation – they willfully give it up. One can never lose their salvation accidentally, and God certainly will never remove it on His own.
Come back to God today and repent of your sin. He will gladly receive you.
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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