People today start screaming “HERETIC” if you say that you can lose your salvation. They base this on several verses including this one big one,
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 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. Romans 8:38-39
This much is all true, but as most people do with everything else they do not like in the Bible they fail to read the whole Bible, or some of these people for whatever reason refuse to accept the following scriptures I am going to share regarding fallen Christians. The misunderstanding appears to lie at least with some people in that they believe we are all made perfect after salvation. ‘Perfect’ meaning that we can no longer sin. This is incorrect because we are all sinners and we will all be imperfect until we are in Heaven because in Heaven we will no longer be mortal human beings. We will become immortal spirit beings.
Anyone who tells you that once you accept salvation you become ‘incapable’ of sinning or that you are a ‘little god’ is a liar from the pits of Hell. What ARROGANCE it is to believe such a lie. It is even blasphemy.
Here is what the Bible says about those who believe the lie of being perfect in eternal security.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8-10
Now, go back and read all of verses 1-10. When the Bible talks about a Christian being ‘perfect’ it is referring to being “OBEDIENT” to the Lord, not sinless. Read Genesis 17:1, Deuteronomy 18:13, Matthew 19:21, 1 Corinthians 13:10, 1 John 2:1-6, and there are many more than I can list here. Do a search through the KJV for the word “perfect.”
I was saved at 9 years old so I have been a Christian for most of my life. I was not born a Christian because I was raised in America, and I was not automatically made a Christian just because my grandfather was a preacher. Becoming a Christian is something that every individual person must make the decision on their own with God. So many people have wrong ideas about this so I am trying to clear it up. I am also a sinner and a backslider like everyone else who calls themselves a Christian. I have stumbled and fell a lot. There has been only ONE PERFECT MAN in the flesh and that was Jesus Christ, the Son of God. No matter how good you think a person may be they are not. You just have not seen the whole picture. No one is perfect. Everybody sins.
A person can be completely sincere at the time they accept the Lord as their Savior. If they are not, then it will be indicated throughout the persons life as they may call on Jesus, pray, and attend religious services but they will be filled with worldly lusts- material things, money, sex, drugs, idols, etc.
A genuine Christian can be caught off guard, distracted and pulled away ‘willfully‘ into sin. It is called “backsliding.” This is the person who needs to take much more seriously these scriptures in the Bible about the Christian and the righteous falling or turning away from the faith. When this happens true repentance is due. If a person does not feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit to STOP the sin they walked into, ask the Lord to forgive them and turn away from doing it then the devil will continue to bring more delusion to this person in every way and deeper into more sin. When the Lord returns in the rapture, this person will be caught off guard again. They will find themselves left behind. They will either continue walking away from the Lord maybe even while deceiving themselves that they are still Christians, or they will be awakened to where they made a wrong turn, repent and renew their relationship with the Lord once again.
Mom was just reading the book of Jude and found a most interesting verse regarding salvation. Take note, the book of Jude is in the New Testament.
These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds [they are] without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. Jude 1:12-13
So many people who are pressed into this eternal security want the peace of salvation without proper fear of the Lord or His wrath. Counterfeit Christians are fruitless and spiritually dead. Does not matter how many activities there are going on, or how many hundreds or thousands attend services, or how funny, inspirational, or charismatic the preacher may be. This verse says they are like the wind, fluffed up in their sin and shame and headed for Hell. Looking back at a previous verse in Jude we read,
I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. Jude 1:5
This verse is talking about the exodus of the Israelites from Pharaoh. When the Israelites were set free from Egypt it did not matter how many miracles the Lord performed for them. Some of the Israelites complained and grumbled until they drove themselves to worshiping false gods and doing other abominable acts. So the Lord destroyed those who turned away from Him! These people who were once saved became wicked! Mom’s Nelson Study Bible has a subheading for these verses which reads “Old and New Apostates.” The notes given on this verse points out these words “though ye once knew this” referring to a person who has been saved, and says
“These Christians were given fair warning concerning false teachers from the words of Christ and the apostles (verses 17-18) but they had become negligent and were no longer on guard.”
“Negligent” – caught off guard, backslidden! Dictionary.com uses the words “guilty” and “careless.” How many people today do we see calling themselves Christians, coddling this false eternal security lie, and hanging onto every word out of the mouths of false teachers, false prophets, false apostles, false prophecies? The church right now is being given FAIR WARNING but so few are heeding the warnings.
In Matthew 25:1-13 we read the parable about the wise and foolish virgins. The wise virgins kept oil in their lamps. The oil in this passage represents the Holy Spirit meaning these virgins were in ‘right fellowship’ with the Lord. The foolish virgins did not put oil in their lamps so at midnight when they heard the bridegroom was coming (verse 6) they decided to go find oil for their lamps but it was then too late because the bridegroom came while they were away and were not ready. The bridegroom represents the Lord.
…and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut. Matthew 25:10
So the virgins who had oil in their lamps were ready to meet their bridegroom and so they went in with Him to the marriage, and this verse says that the door was shut. This is analogous to when Noah and his family entered the ark and the Lord shut the door (Genesis 7:16). In the Nelson Study Bible the footnotes record the words from verse 10 “the door was shut” as speaking of being shut out of the Kingdom of Heaven. So we gather from this parable that we should be prepared and in ‘right fellowship’ with the Lord at all times for we know not when the Lord shall come.
Getting back to the second part of this verse in Jude, “destroyed them that believed not” the notes from the Nelson Study Bible read that
“The Israelites of the Exodus had a magnificent beginning in Egypt but a disastrous ending in the wilderness. That we have begun with the Lord does not mean that we will have the glorious conclusion we might have envisioned at the beginning of our salvation journey. The false believers who had INFILTRATED God’s people would be judged, just like the false believers who rejected God in the wilderness (see Numbers 25:1-9).”
These ‘false believers’ are in the churches now. There are witches, satanists, Wiccans, antichrists who are on a mission for Satan to corrupt sound doctrine, create chaos and divide the church. These imposters are leading people into occult teachings and activities. If you cannot see that then you are spiritually blind and need to ask the Lord to open your eyes to the truth. Believers who remain in a backslidden state will be damned. The longer a person remains in sin the stronger Satan’s hold is upon that person, and God will allow people freewill to do as they please.
It makes people ‘feel good’ to have someone point out a scripture of eternal security to them and comfort them saying they can no longer do anything wrong. This is a FALSE PEACE. People do not want to hear or accept the whole truth. The LORD is WILLING to FORGIVE US for whatever we do IF WE ASK HIM. This does not mean that we can do anything we want to committing whatever sins and then just say “Sorry about that, please forgive me, Lord” and keep on doing it again and again. People fail to accept ALL the scriptures in proper context here. So we have all these false teachings going out and people cling to whatever makes them ‘feel good.’ It is so dangerous to ignore the scriptural warnings about falling into sin and not coming to a place of repentance with the Lord.
I know the truth, and I know quite well that if I continued going in the same direction with the mainstream Christianity today that I would wind up being left behind and wondering why the Lord rejected me. These verses are in the Bible as WARNINGS to us who call ourselves Christians so that we may be awakened to the truth – so that we will be on our guard to Satan’s tactics to TEMPT us, to DECEIVE us, or LURE us into sin.
Here are more scriptures referencing that Christians can fall away from the faith:
Ezekiel 18:23-26, Ezekiel 33:13, Psalms 125:3-5, Proverbs 2:12-17, Proverbs 15:10, Matthew 27:3-5, Mark 3:13-19, Galatians 1:6-9, Galatians 3:1-3, Galatians 5:4, 2 Timothy 4:10, Hebrews 3:12-15, Hebrews 6:4-8, Hebrews 10:26-31, Hebrews 12:17, 1 Peter 4:17-18, 2 Peter 3:17-18, Revelation 2:4-7, Revelation 3:3, 5, 16
Before dismissing all of this, I highly suggest reading and studying these scriptures. I believe there are still more in the Bible but this what we have so far. Ask the Lord to help you understand and show you the truth. A reference page for this ‘once saved, always saved’ lie is located on our website at ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’ is it Truth or Fiction?
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