As Josh Harris, Hillsong Writer Lose Faith, Shane Idleman Answers the Question: Can We Lose Our Salvation?

Before we delve into the theological debate, please watch this short clip that was just posted to help you better understand what might be happening and what you can do to safeguard your heart: youtu.be/CwE79Ev1MuY

A common question for many is, “Can I lose my salvation?” I’ve heard both sides of the argument, and only God truly knows a person’s heart, but I can share a few thoughts. The reason there is a debate is because the Scriptures teach that salvation is a gift from God that cannot be earned, but they also offer warnings about falling away. There should be a healthy tension between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility. This issue should not create a spirit of division, elitism or theological superiority.

One school of thought suggests that salvation cannot be lost, as in losing your car keys, but that it can be left, as in walking away from it. This may be why Jesus spoke of the man who embraced a sinful lifestyle because his master delayed His return (see Matt. 24:48). When the master returned unexpectedly, the servant was banished because he chose to turn from what he knew to be right. However, he was called an “evil” servant. The context suggests two different hearts—faithful and faithless.

In another passage, Jesus said, “You have left your first love,” when speaking to the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2:4b, NKJV). James 5:19-20a (MEV) adds, “if any one of you strays from the truth and someone corrects him, let him know that he who converts the sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death” (but is it physical death caused by sin that he is saved from?)

If anything, these Scriptures, and many more, reinforce the fact that we have certain responsibilities. We should never turn from what we know to be right. Jesus encouraged His followers to be watchful, prepared and ready for His return. Are we watchful? Are we prepared? Are we ready? (Read Matt. 24:45-51, Luke 21:34.)

The other school of thought suggests that some of those passages are dealing with people who never fully surrendered to Christ. As a result, they fell away. They heard the Gospel, but never fully embraced it and turned from their sins; they only had “intellectual” knowledge of salvation. According to this view, the real question isn’t, “Can a person lose their salvation?” but, “Was the person really saved to begin with?”

Titus 1:16 and James 2:14 both conclude that many people “say” that they know God, but deny Him by their lifestyle, or they fall away. First John 2:19 (NKJV) suggests that those who acknowledge Christ initially, but deny Him later, are not saved to begin with: “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us.”

When it comes to salvation, we all agree that God gets all the glory and all the credit. Salvation is His work. We are never outside of His sovereignty and control: “It is God who makes … us … stand firm in Christ” (2 Cor. 1:21, NIV). I am convinced, like Paul, “that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39, MEV). Nothing can separate us from God, but we should never ignore the strong warnings about turning from Him.

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SOURCE: Charisma News