Can We Lose Our Salvation?


Boy I know that I am about to step in some serious toes here! This topic is one, if not the main divider between Pentecostals and Baptist. I hope that with this small article we can open a respectful dialogue. Both, Pentecostals and Baptist claim to be Christians; they both honor Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and they both believe that the Bible is indeed God’s Word and is to be trusted one hundred percent. So why is it that in an important topic such as Salvation they are so divided? In Matthew 7:22-23 the Bible gives us a couple of verses as good starting point for this discussion.

“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7:22-23

 

So, who is Jesus speaking with? Clearly Jesus is speaking to Christians! In Mark 3:22-26 Jesus is being accused of casting out demons in the name of the Devil “Beelzebud”. Jesus’ answer here is the confirmation that in Matthew 7:22-23 Jesus was speaking to Christians:

“And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, “He has Beelzebub,” and, “By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons.”

So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: “How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end.”

 

            If Jesus was indeed speaking to Christians in Matthew 7:22-23, then the argument that we can’t ever lose our salvation is out the door. Jesus stated:

“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matthew 7:23

 

Jesus is speaking to Christians that were saved, did great things for God, but in the process they lost their intimacy with God and gave themselves to lawlessness. I am not talking about struggling with sin as we all do in certain areas; I am talking about people who turn their backs on God. You had the choice to be saved as you respond to the Holy Spirit and you also have the choice to walk away. Free will is not taken away from us just because we are saved.

Now, I am sure that God is not going to give up on us that easy; He will do whatever possible to bring us back, but at the end it is our choice to return or not. Revelation 3:5 also gives us a key verse for this topic:

“He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.”

 

In order for our names to be removed from the Book of Life our names needed to be there to start with. Beloved, I am also convinced that many that claim to be born again are not. They repeated a prayer in some service, but they never believed in their heart. Some others think that they are saved because they grew up in the church. You see in them no change, no fruit of salvation, no conviction of sin, no passion for Christ and no use of their gifts for God. They don’t make it to church or express any desire to fellowship with God’s people and have no desire to read the Word. They have the “I can have it my way Gospel.” Those are in great dangers with the Always Save doctrine because they believe the lie that tells them: “I am in, no matter what!”

I want to make it clear that losing our salvation is not an easy thing; but if we make up our minds to purposely turn our backs on God then Mathew 7:22-23 will be applied.

I welcome your comments in this very vital topic!

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Can We Lose Our Salvation?

  1. I beg to differ with your opinion. The scripture you used from Matthew states that Jesus told them to depart from me foe I never knew you. Not that He no longer knows them. The verse is speaking of those who go through the motions of religion without a genuine conversion/salvation experience.

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    1. Thank you for participating in our discussion Mr. Barber. The emphasis on these verses is the fact that they cast out demons in Jesus Name. If they were not saved, they were of the devil, that is why I brought the other Bible verses to establish a Biblical foundation in what I was writing. I usually don’t like to get into these kind of discussions, but we must get this one straight. I want to emphasis that you don’t loose your salvation over every little thing or even because of sin. You lose your salvation when you make a decision to turn away from the Lord; when you openly reject HIM. Again, the devil can’t rebuke himself; Jesus established that reality, not me. I do welcome I deeper Biblical foundation to support your view. Respectfully speaking Mr. Barber. I am not interested in opinions; opinions is what got us into this mess where everybody believe whatever they want to believe without Biblical evidence. Stating that Jesus was speaking to unbelievers in Matthew 7 is a contradiction from what Jesus himself establishes in Mark. Go back and read my article and explain how can you reconciled Mark and Matthew as it refers to this topic God bless!

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      1. I do believe the verses we talked about earlier in Matthew that Jesus was talking to those who think they are believers but have never truly surrendered their heart (free will) to God. Jesus is indeed talking to people who profess to be Christian with their mouth, but their heart is far from Him. You yourself stated that
        ” I am also convinced that many that claim to be born again are not. They repeated a prayer in some service, but they never believed in their heart. Some others think that they are saved because they grew up in the church. You see in them no change, no fruit of salvation, no conviction of sin, no passion for Christ and no use of their gifts for God.” Those are the people Jesus is speaking to.”
        For the Bible tells us in
        Romans 8:38-39 (KJV)
        38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
        39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

        You’re argument would make us more powerful than God , I do not think that possible.
        You are correct we do need to get this one right and I am sorry but you haven’t yet, if you think either of us or any other mere man can evict the Holy Spirit if He truly resides in your heart.

        You’re implying a Christian can’t sin without losing their salvation.

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        1. I like your attitude Greg! What convinced me that Jesus was speaking to Christians that turned away from HIM is one thing and one thing only. The devil can do miracles, the devil has his own prophets, but the devil can’t cast his own self out. That is what Jesus established in Mark 3:22-26

          “And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”

          So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.”

          Yes, I am also aware of the Scripture in Romans, I was going to add that Scripture in my article, but I knew someone will use it. This Scripture is speaking about God’s love for us, not about salvation. God loves everybody; God indeed love the world (The people that are lost) It is His will that all come to repentance, but you and I know that not all will be saved (That is Biblical). We are not more powerful than God Greg, the devil was not more powerful than God, but he still had the choice to rebel against Him just like we do. What I do know is that we have to be pretty stupid to taste of God’s glory and then turn our backs on Him. God will go after us and through circumstances and through HIS amazing love He will get us to a point of surrendering; but is is possible to lose our salvation according to the Word. Again, I want to make it clear as I did in my response to a Facebook message, we are not going to lose our salvation every time we mess up or every time we pass gas; it is a decision, a choice! Also a pastor said well as he told me today that it is possible to lose our salvation, but praise God it is also possible to keep it! I want to emphasize in the keeping part without ignoring the reality of God’s Word!

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