If we are Saved once, can that Salvation be lost?



"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

If we love and obey God with reverential fear, we will be made born of God with his seed abiding in us, and we will overcome all sins.

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1. Basic understanding of Salvation among Christians

Active Christians have learned the cliché that they are all saved by grace. In addition to that, they may have extra experience of some kind, to reinforce their salvation. By the word salvation, they mean; it is an entitlement to heaven, and so at the point of their death, their admission into heaven is guaranteed. This is the definition of salvation according to Christians and churches. So, heaven is settled deed by God. But it is a hoax, and there is no truth to this from scriptures. But it is universally accepted by all churches as the bible truth. So, Christians think that it is an irrevocable status given by God, and so they claim it, with boldness and without fear or shame.

2. Basic principle of Salvation according to Bible Truth

God has created people, and so God is the owner to them. God gave them life, and commands them how to live their life. If they obey God in their life, God will accept them in heaven, and rewards them according to how much they obeyed him. If they do not obey him, God considers this as sin, and he will cast them in hell and to the lake of fire. God will inflict punishments to them according to the things they have done in disobedience to God. However, God has set a procedure so that they may be pardoned from their punishment. This procedure is called salvation, and if a person has come through, he is saved. So, what is the procedure and how it is done? First, God tells them to repent for their sins. If they repent, God gives them spirit, grace, faith, and whatever it is needed, for them to sin no more. This is one sentence, but to do this it may take a few years, depending on the spiritual drive of the person. But most preachers pretend that the whole procedure is done in five minutes and proclaim that this believer is saved from sins. This is fake and deception. But when it is really done in the life of a person, that is, if the person has come out of sinning, by the power of God; then, God will forgive their past sins, who came out from sinning. That is, they will not sin anymore, and their past sins are forgiven. So, they are saved from sinning as well as they are saved from their punishment. Now they will inherit rewards in heaven according to what they have done in obedience to God.

3. If we are saved, sinning again, do we lose our Salvation?

Usually, very tricky preachers make this argument. They do it with double purpose. One is to make the sinning people to believe that they are saved, and they will go to heaven. And the second is, heaven is guaranteed to them no matter what they do. Almost 95% of the people who argue the topic, are those who are not saved, living in their sins, and they try to show that they are saved by the fake cliché salvation. Then they wanted to guarantee salvation to the sinning people and want sinners to follow them. So, even to begin with, they are not saved, and they are deceivers. First of all, nobody will go to heaven, unless they are saved from sinning. If we are truly saved from sinning, the next question is, can our salvation be lost. This question is for theology people to have fun, just like playing tennis. God's people know what it is. However, let us see it. Jesus Christ says, in "Matthew 24:24, ... if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." The very elect of God is saved people. If they accept false preachers, they will be deceived and be lost. "Romans 11:22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off." This is the warning of the Lord Jesus Christ. If we are saved, continue in his goodness; or else, we will be cut off also. Once saved, you must continue in salvation. Or else you will be in hell. "1 Corinthians 3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy;" You are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God lives in you. But, at this point if you defile yourself with sin, God will destroy you in hell. So, 'once saved', you must hold the position. Salvation is not automatically kept. We must keep it. They who escaped sin by the doctrine of Jesus Christ, if they fall into sin again by deception, the latter end will be worse than the first. They will be thrown in hell.

4. Genuinely Saved People may not lose their Salvation

Anyway, let us look at the package. Genuinely saved people have overcome their sins and God has forgiven their past sins. Further, they have spirit, grace, faith, etc. The presence of God and his power are with them. So, there is no possibility for them to fall. However, let us look at a few scripture verses. This is about genuinely saved people only. We must not include the cliché salvation people in this discussion. You will know why. "Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, (enlightened is the light of the holy spirit is in the glorified status) and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, (partakers of the Holy Ghost is that the Holy Ghost abides in them) 5 And have tasted the good word of God (that is the word of God abides in them), and the powers of the world to come, (that is the powers of heaven is revealed to them) 6 If they shall fall away, (the word of God says repeatedly that such people will not fall away, will not commit sin, and they cannot even commit sin. One of such verses is 1 John 3:9, it says, "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.") to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame." The word of God confirms that such people may not fall away at all. But, for some reason, if they fall away, God will not receive them back; because much is given to them and much will be required from them. There is no reason for them to fall. May be, if the devil offers them the entire glory of the world if they bow down before him, as he had offered them to Jesus, still I think they will not fall. These will apply only to those who are in the status of sons of God, or bride of Christ. It will not apply to those who struggle to overcome sins. So, let the preachers not intimidate you with misinterpreting scriptures. Genuinely saved people have no reason to fall.

5. Preachers use scriptures to prove Perfect Believers Fall

Preachers who say that sinning people are saved, also say that those who strive to be perfect are fallen and are lost. It is funny. Let me show their scriptures. "Ezekiel 18:26-28, 26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die. 27 Again, when the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. 28 Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live, he shall not die." This scripture is not talking about neither a person of high status in the level of sons of God or bride of Christ, nor about a very low person who is rejected by God as a son of perdition. It is about a person who is in the ordinary walk of life. Don't use such verses to prove either a mature person may fall, or a person of perdition may be saved. Both may not happen. Let me take a new testament passage. "1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;" I have heard preachers use this scripture to preach that a person in the level of sons of God may fall into seducing spirits and doctrine of the devils. No, it refers to those who are wobbling, but not those who have attain the status of being with God. Let preachers not intimidate you with misinterpreting scriptures. Genuinely saved people have no reason to fall. I am not saying that people will never fall. But, after they have attained the status with the power of God, it will be highly unlikely that they fall. Further, God will be protecting them. So, they are safe.

I have explained the same situation in another lesson called once saved always saved. Link: "Once Saved".

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