Can believers lose their salvation, or is it secure?
On June 23, 2012 At 11:24 pm
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In my last article, I introduced the controversial topic, "Is the Believer’s salvation secure or can you really lose it?"I made no apologies (and still do not) that I support the position that the Believer’s salvation is definitely “secure.” Why do I support a “secure” salvation? It is because one of the many scriptures that confirms this in the Bible is found in John 17:12 which says,
“While I was with them in the world, I kept them in your name. Those whom You (God the Father) gave Me (Jesus) I have kept; AND NONE OF THEM IS LOST (EXCEPT) THE SON OF PREDITION (Judas) (and the last part of this verse tells why Judas was the only one who ever lost his salvation keeping in mind he exercised he “free will” choice within the scope of his “predestined” purpose to betray Jesus) that the Scriptures might be fulfilled” (NKJV).
There are many other scriptures like this one that confirms our “secure” salvation because as Jesus said, “AND NONE OF THEM IS LOST.” This is Jesus talking to God the Father.
What About Believers Who Have Strayed?
My question to all those who support an “unsecure” salvation is, please tell me how do you interpret “AND NONE OF THEM IS LOST” in its proper context? With this said, as I stated in my previous article, if one is truly a Believer one cannot leave (apostate) period. However, a Believer can stray from the faith but will eventually come back just as the lost son did in Luke 15.
If I can reiterate, the Believer eventually coming back means that they strayed NOT lost their salvation. I do not support a “secure” salvation just to be difficult or for the sake of doing so. I have studied and examine both sides of the argument and this is what I have seen confirmed throughout the Bible. If the Bible confirmed that we have an “unsecure” salvation, well this article would reflect that in connection to my believe system. More than this, as I adamantly stated in (Part 1) of this article, our security ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT serve as a license for us as Believer’s to live a sinful life style.
Nonetheless, when there are dividing arguments about a controversial issue, when one wants to prove their viewpoint one must not only use scriptures to confirm their position but also use scripture to expose the shortcomings of the others viewpoint as well. All of this is done not for the sake of being “right” because we all are still one body of Believers but arriving at the intended Biblical truth. This is not even done to convert anyone’s thinking or heart because only God can change a mind and heart, not man. I have been discussing and studying doctrine and theology long enough to know that even if one shows people in the Word of God that their long held position is not correct, most people will still choose to adhere to their belief system because they have believed that position for so long. To add to this, one’s believe system provides a level of comfort. I have seen people in ministry continue to do it a certain way knowing that it was not being productive and that it was hurting people instead of helping them. Nonetheless, they still refuse to change because they had been doing it a certain way for so long. It is the same principal when discussing controversial issues like this, as well. Once again, the mindset in presenting a viewpoint is to attempt to arrive at the intended Biblical truth. Afterwards, it is between them and God or whatever their faith or non-faith entails. It is the Holy Spirits job to lead us in all truth.
Scripture Supporting an 'Unsecure' Salvation.
With this said, during my examination I posed some solid arguments supported by the scriptures in its right context that refute an “unsecure” salvation. I also posed some challenging questions that those who support an “unsecure” salvation have a difficult time answering and tend to avoid. More importantly, I ended the article by stating that this week I would adhere to my own counsel to begin by dissecting and refuting one of the most widely used scriptures that supporters of an “unsecure” salvation use to “seemingly” confirm their position. Once again, one cannot simply convey their viewpoint and not address the other side’s stance when there are many, many obvious scriptures that support or “seemingly” support their view as well.
As I stated earlier, I am not doing just for the sake of disproving the other side but along with the other reasons that I stated, I know without a shadow of a doubt that the Bible does not contradict itself when it is rightly divided. One of the most dangerous things that one can do when studying the Bible is to isolate scriptures. When this happens, Biblicists and Theologians run the risk of developing a dangerously lopsided or incomplete theology that is enforced in ways that the neither Bible nor God Himself ever intended to be. It goes without saying that doing this misleads people and causes further divide in the body because everyone believes that they are “right” and the other side is “wrong.” To go a step further, when the Word of God is rightly divided and exegesis is done in its proper context, what we will find is that the Bible actually supports itself by confirming itself, throughout itself. To get right to it, since this issue of losing one’s salvation is such a serious topic, I am not going to waste any more time and will start out by examining the main scripture that supporter’s of an “unsecure” salvation use to “seemingly” confirm their position. I must admit that at first glance of this verse that we will be dissecting; it appears to be an open and shut case or is it? The scripture (which is not the unpardonable sin) that people use to support that one can lose their salvation and never get it back is found in Hebrews 6:4-6 which says:
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have *tasted the heavenly gift, and have become *partakers of the *Holy Spirit, 5. And have tasted the good *word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6. If they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (NKJV).
Now at first glance of the verse you are probably saying, “Kevin what are you doing, this verse is clearly talking about Believer’s being able to lose their salvation and never get it back.” On top of this, I would agree with you that it appears to be that way, at least on the surface but in reference to my previous bullet points in (Part 1) I list some very important things that one has to take into account to get the full and proper understanding of any verse. So let’s exegete, dive deeper, dissect it and uncover it.
*For starters, in this verse where it says, ““For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have *tasted the heavenly gift.” It is referring to UNSAVED JEWS who had come out of Christ-rejecting Judaism into knowledge of the truth, yet they had stopped short of actual faith in Christ. With full knowledge of the gospel, they had turned their backs on Christ. They *tasted but did not drink. They experienced spiritual power but were not personally born again. They were enlightened but not saved. I know you may be saying, “This is a bunch of crap.” Well, study it for yourself because the exegetical connected verse to the word *taste is found in John 8:52 which says,
“Then the JEWS said to Him, “Now we know that You have a demon! Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and You say, “If anyone keeps My word he shall never *taste death’ (NKJV).
Their reaction towards Jesus unarguably confirms that if they were truly children of God, they would have referenced the Son of God but instead, their reaction to Jesus clearly reveals the sobering fact that the devil was their father. It is not ethnicity of family pedigree that makes one saved or acceptable to God but instead honoring Him by believing in and loving His Son Jesus. WOW! I know I have started some trouble now.
*Secondly, in this same verse where it says, “and have become *partakers of the *Holy Spirit” when we look at the word *partakers the exegetically connected verse is found in Hebrews 3:14 which says,
“For we have become *partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end.”
WOW! I should stop the article right here because as you focus on the conditional word “IF” it looks like you got me on this one with this “seeming” conformation that we can “lose” our salvation. NOT! Once again study it for yourself but watch this. If (no pun intended) you look at the word “IF” in this verse, the closer you get to the original translation of the word it is translated “SINCE.” For example, it is the same thing as when someone said to you, “Turn off the T.V.” and you responded by saying, “O.K. “IF” you say so.” It is the same principal here because in essence what you are saying is, “O.K. SINCE you say so.” I know you might not be able to receive this so I have more evidence for you that what I just said is true. Let’s examine the verse as is (with the word “IF” in there) and then let’s examine it with the word “SINCE” in there to see if it makes any sense. The verse starts by saying, “For we HAVE BECOME *partakers.” The last time I checked, whenever you use the words HAVE, HAS OR HAD, it represented the PAST TENSE. If you read it in light of the PAST TENSE, the sentence would absolutely make no sense. Let me show you. You mean to tell me that this verse is saying: “For we have (ALREADY-which denotes the past tense) become *partakers of Christ (if) we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (FUTURE). How could one have already become a *partaker of Christ in the past if they hold the beginning of their confidence steadfast to the end or in the future? It does not make any sense.
Now let’s examine the same portion of scripture with the word “SINCE” in there. What we are going to find is that it will be comparable to the example I gave about turning off the T.V. but more than that, it would make more sense in context as it references the PRESENT TENSE consistently throughout the verse. Once again the verse states:
“For we have become *partakers of Christ (since) we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (NKJV).
Now this makes more sense because in essence what it is saying is “since” we have become *partakers of Christ (meaning since we are truly saved) we hold (or do not fall away from) the beginning of our confidence and remain steadfast to the end. The word hold in this verse is not dealing with working to keep your salvation because it is a gift of God but instead not falling away. If it was dealing with holding on like holding on to a rope or holding on to a ledge, then every Christian has lost their salvation because we all have not held on to our faith at times just as Peter’s faith failed him when he walked on water in Matthew 14:29. So in Hebrews 3:14 which says, “For we have become *partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” is unequivocally referring to our partaking in Christ requiring a CONTINUANCE in our faith which is talking about COMMUNION not UNION. It is not merely talking about a onetime experience such as when we first were saved and then that is it. So even this scripture falls in line with encouraging us to continue to grow and develop in our walk with Christ. Once again, keep in mind that I am a “once saved always saved” supporter. For example, “My father is always going to be my father “SINCE” his sperm was the sperm that assisted in my conception. Please stay with me on this. If my father and I get angry at one another (which we have during the course of our relationship), he is still my father in connection to our relationship BUT it is just that our fellowship is broken. Even though our fellowship is broken, he is still my father. *To go a step further, I heard of a true story where a teenage girl divorced and denounced herself from her father from a legal standpoint because she was angry at his absence in her life when she was younger. No, he was not a father in terms of being active in her life and I agree with that but even though from a legal standpoint the girl made a decision to divorce herself from the legal guardianship of her dad, BECAUSE IT WAS HIS SPERM THAT ASSISTED IN CAUSING HER CONCEPTION – HE WILL ALWAYS BE HER FATHER BECAUSE SHE CAN NOT JUMP BACK INTO HER MOTHERS WOMB AND BE RE-CONCIEVED BY ANOTHER MAN’S SPERM. EVEN IF THIS COULD HAPPEN, WHAT IS THE CHANCES OF THAT SAME GIRL BEING PRODUCED? I WILL TELL YOU, THERE WILL BE A 0.0 (ZERO POINT ZERO) CHANCE OF THAT HAPPENING. We as Believers have been spiritually conceived (born again) by God’s incorruptible spiritual seed and relationally He is our Father even if we do things in our walk to displease or to break our fellowship with Him. One cannot denounce God if they are truly, truly saved. However, WHEN ONE IS TRULY, TRULY BORN AGAIN, GOD’S INCORRUPTABLE, SPIRITUAL SEED WILL ALWAYS REMAIN (Please see 1 Peter 1:4 that confirms this). To go a step further, if one is truly, truly saved and tried to denounce their salvation it would not work because the Holy Spirit would not allow it. We as Believers may stray (sometimes even for long periods) but we always stay in the family of God and eventually come back. Just ask the lost Son in “The Parable of the Lost Son” found in Luke 15.
The Parable of the Sower and the Seed.
If all that I have laid out is not enough, another evidence in Hebrews 6:4-6 that confirms that this verse is not referring to Believers but instead UNSAVED JEWS is found in Hebrews 6:7-8 which gives an illustration of those who like the JEWS in this passage came close to the Truth (Jesus) but did not receive it by depicting the condemnation of those who not just come close to Jesus but knowing the Truth (Jesus) and still choosing to turn away from Jesus. When you look at verse 8 of those passages it references “bearing thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.” I already know the “burned” part makes one think of unsaved and Hell but that is not what it is talking about. Another proof that the people who they are referring to where UNSAVED JEWS is because the connective verse to this scripture takes you to the “Parable of the Sower and the Seed” found in Matthew chapter 13 which talks about the four hearts or soils (the wayside, thorns, stony place and good ground). In verse 8 of Hebrew chapter 6 it mentions thorns and briers, which is a plant with a woody and thorny and prickly stem. Given this information, exegetically compared to the “Parable of the Sower and the Seed” the only heart or soil that was SAVED was the seed that fell on GOOD GROUND (Matt 13:23) So once again Hebrews 6:4-9 continues to confirm that it is not referring to Believers.
If you need even more evidence, if you look at verse Hebrews 6:9 it says,
“BUT (transitional word) beloved, we are *confident of better things concerning YOU, (Believers) yes, THINGS THAT ACCOMPANY SALVATION, though we speak in this manner” (NKJV).
In this passage it is comparing the former UNSAVED JEWS with US AS SAVED BELIEVERS because as the verse says “BUT we are *confident of better things concerning you because you are saved that you don’t become sluggish concerning your faith and salvation but instead continue to imitate those who through faith and patience inherited the promise” (Heb. 6:11).
Getting back to our original focus scripture as I continue to dissect Hebrews 6:4-6, the next part of that verse says:
“ .. and have become *partakers of the *Holy Spirit”
Now I am sure you want to see how I am going to slither my way out of this one as your thinking may be that the verse says that they were partakers of the Holy Spirit, signifying that it is referring to Believers and not unsaved Jews. NOT, NOT! Once again study it for yourself but the exegetically connective verse is found in Acts 7:33 which says,
“The the Lord said to him, (Moses) Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is *holy ground” (NKJV).
What does this mean? The word “holy” in the original language means:
Sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated, separated, properly revered, worthy of veneration, Godlikeness, God’s innermost nature and reserved for God and His service.
The word Holy Spirit in this verse connected with Acts 7:33 is saying that the UNSAVED JEWS were UNSAVED because when it came to the Truth (Jesus) that they had knowledge of, they turned their backs on the Truth (Jesus) despite coming close. In other words, THEY WERE ON THE PRIMISES of Truth (Jesus) but despite their knowledge of Him, THEY DID NOT RECIEVE HIS PERSON. To go a step further, they were on the parameters of truth and because of their hard hearts still missed Jesus personally because they refuse to humble themselves like Moses and remove the symbolic sandals off their feet, which represent an act of surrender to Him. Instead they were too busy saying that Jesus had a demon (John 8:52) instead of receiving Him as their personal Savoir. For example, how many unsaved people do we see come to church every Sunday and hear the truth, therefore they know the truth, enjoy the experience of God’s presence in church but still choose not to be saved for whatever reason? After an experience like this in church, these unsaved persons might be heard saying, “Church made me feel better inside” even though they still are not saved. In other words, just as Hebrews 6-4:6 states, you can be enlightened or know the truth, taste (not drink) of that Truth (Jesus), and become partakers of His Holy presence without partaking of Him personally. If I can jump forward, taste (not drink) the good word of God AND STILL NOT BE SAVED just as these JEWS were not saved. As a result, the lives of these UNSAVED JEWS characteristics WERE NOT, as we listed earlier the words that represents “holy” which were:
Sacred, pure, blameless, consecrated, separated, properly revered, worthy of veneration, Godlikeness, God’s innermost nature and reserved for God and His service.
Moving right along as I continue to dissect this passage of scripture by doing a verse by verse exposition of the Word, in Hebrews 6:5 it says,
“and have tasted (not drank) the good *word of God and the powers of the age to come” (NKJV).
The exegetically connective verse is found in Matthew 4:4 which says,
“But He answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every *word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (NKJV).
What does this mean in connection to Hebrews 6:5? It of course references the “Temptation” of Jesus by Satan in the wilderness. It of course references Jesus using the Word of God to get victory over Satan but the same temptations to which Israel had succumb to in the wilderness, when they forced a test upon God in their time of need. However this verse goes a little deeper and then I will show you how it connects with the UNSAVED JEWS. The word “word” in this passage in the original language refers to “rhema” word that is a spoken or uttered word. On the other hand, the word “word” also means “logos” which means expression of a thought, a message, and a disclosure. When we tie all of this together, the UNSAVED JEWS has tasted (not drank) of Jesus, the spoken (rhema) and expression (logos) word and chose not to live by Him. On the other hand, these UNSAVED JEWS willfully chose to live by bread alone instead of ever *word or (Jesus) that proceeds out of the mouth of God, therefore the end result was that they fell away. This brings us to the weight of those who believe that you can lose your salvation that is found in Hebrews 6:7-8, which says:
“if (this word “if” does not mean “since” in this verse as it did in Hebrew 4:13) they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open same (just as the UNSAVED people who denounced and crucified Christ on the cross did). “For the earth which drinks (not taste) in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs (or good fruit) useful for those whom by it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; BUT (transition word) but if it bears thorns and briers, (which we stated earlier is connection to the UNSAVED thorny heart or soil in “The Parable of the Sower and the Seed” in Matthew 13) it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned”(NKJV).
Some people also use this passage in conjunction with Hebrews 4:4 (“It is impossible …” to confirm that one can not only lose your salvation but they also cannot get it back because of the conditional word “if” in Hebrews 4:6. However, once again Hebrews 4:4-8 references the “Parable of the Sower and the Seed” in Matthew 13 in which we concluded that the only heart or soil that was representative of a Believer was the seed that fell on GOOD soil NOT the heart that represented the THORNS. In Hebrews 4:8, it confirms that these UNSAVED JEWS had hearts that were comparable to “thorns” and “briers” which in connection to “The Parable of the Sower and the Seed” were UNSAVED.
The Prodigal Son.
If this is the case that one can lose your salvation in the first place let alone can never get it back, then lost Son in “The Parable of the Lost Son” in Luke 15, who lived in willful sin for a long period of time should not have been found by his father. Before I move any further I want to convey the parallelisms in this parable. When this passage is preached, these are the representations.
- The father in the parable represents God the Father who is ALWAYS ready to forgive and receive us granite we truly and sincerely repent (1John 1:9).
- The lost son represents all of us as God’s children who have gone astray, sometimes for lengthy periods of time (Isaiah 53:6).
- The oldest brother who stayed home represents the self righteous Christians who thinks that they have never sin but instead are equally sinful, if not more than the lost son who strayed and came back home (Romans 3:10).
- The celebration once the lost son came back home represents Heaven who rejoices over 1 sinner who repents as opposed to 99 just persons (like the brother who did not stray) who need no repentance (Luke 15:7).
Once again, not giving anyone a license to sin, but this parable is one of the many confirmation of our “secure” relationship to God that provided a “secure” salvation in God, no matter how much we sin, backslide or stray away (once again not giving anyone a licenses to sin as I clearly continue to reiterate). If one is truly, truly saved we will always/eventually make our way back to God the Father as the lost son did to his father in Luke 15:32. More than that, the Holy Spirit, at some point will always/eventually bring us to our senses (it is implied) to make our way back to God the Father just He brought the lost son back to his senses (verse 17) causing him to make his way back home to his father. See, when you are truly, truly saved you may sometimes find yourself in a distant country (verse 13) far from God the Father and His will but the Holy Spirit who is eternally committed to Gods children, will always/eventually bring us back to our senses. He causes us to realize that where we are is not where God wants us to be or stay. The lost son squandered his property with prostitutes and he was in this SINFUL state for a long, long time. How do I know this? It is because in verse 13 it said that there was sever famine in which severe famines do not overtake countries over night or in short periods of time. To add this, he got a job and stayed even longer after that but found himself hanging out with the pigs in verse 16. You know the ending of the story, the lost son made his way back home to his father who in Luke 15:22-24 says,
“But the father said to his servants, Bring out the best robe and put it on him and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fattened calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry” (NKJV).
This is the kind of scripture that irritates so called “super spiritual” Christians that want to crucify those who fall, fail and falter because they do not like to see “sinners” treated with love. This is the kind of scriptures that irritates so called “super spiritual” Christians because in their minds, “they should not have been out there sinning.” This is the type of scripture that irritates so called “super spiritual” Christians because it leaves room for the sinner to repent and be restored. However, the “supper spiritual” Christian seems to skip over Galatians 6:1 which is confirmation that they are not as spiritual as they think they are because as the verse clearly states that when you see your brother (or sister) overtaken in a fault, YOU WHO ARE SPIRITUAL RESTORE SUCH A ONE IN THE SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS…” (NOT HARSHNESS, CONDEMNATION, CRULETY OR UNFORGIVENESS)
The interesting thing about the “Parable of the Lost Son” is that the older brother (also known as the other brother) who did not stray from home and had served his father “faithfully” all those year’s was just as much a sinner (if not more) as his lost younger brother who left home and came back. How do I know this? It is because the older brother who did not stray exemplified anger which led to gossiping (murder) about his brother (SIN) that led to him not wanting to celebrate with his brother in verse 28. He was also envious (SIN), jealous (SIN) and self-righteous (SIN) which is confirmed in verse 29. He also began to hate his brother (SIN-murder) when he referred to him as “this son of yours” in verse 30 that was a statement of disowning him. However, notice in verse 31 how the father responds to the (SINFUL AND SELF RIGHTEOUS) older brother despite his (SINFUL) attitude and (SINFUL) behaviours. He said, “‘my son,’ the father said, ‘YOU ARE ALWAYS WITH ME, and everything I have is yours.” Now if the (SINFUL) older brother who did not stray was ALWAYS with his father and everything he had was his, how much more was the lost son ALWAYS with him and who he threw a celebration for when he came back home and he was living a (SINFUL) life in a distant country? Just some things that make you wonder. So in essence, those Christians, who in their minds, so called “never stray” need to be even more careful as those that do/have, due to the temptation to become self righteous (SIN) and think that they are better, causing them to judge, (SIN) criticize, (SIN) condemn (SIN) and look down on others (SIN). Of course, I am being repetitious here on purpose because as Romans 3:23 says:
“for ALL (even the self righteous Christians who think that they have not sinned or strayed) have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (NKJV).
If the scripture above is not enough, Isaiah 53:6 goes a little deeper by proclaiming that ALL of God’s children have gone astray but that Jesus finished work on the cross covered and paid for ALL our iniquities. The verse says,
ALL we like sheep have gone astray, We have turned, EVERYONE, to his own way; AND the Lord has (past tense) laid on Him the iniquities of us ALL” (NKJV).
In closing, why did the lost son’s father throw a celebration for his son, who would be deemed by some “just” Christians as “SUCH A BIGGER, HUGE, HEAVIER SINNER?” It is because of a scripture that those who believe that you can lose your salvation, let alone never get it back, skip over which is found in Luke 15:7 which says,
“I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner (referring to an unbeliever who gets saved and also a saved person who decides that they do not want to live a sinful life style that does not please God) who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance”(NKJV).
When we look at the story of the prodigal son and this scripture, it does not look or sound to me like one can lose their salvation. However, it does look and sounds as if God gets excited when His children, through the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, decides that they do not want to live in sin any more. No matter how long his children has been in that sinful state, they can never become so lost that God cannot rescue them and bring them back. The Bible clearly states that God is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ALWAYS lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25). To add to this, looking at this last verse it does look and sound to me that Heaven throws a party over this very occasion.
Unsecure Salvation and the Motivation to Avoid Sin.
I must admit that I have a lot of respect for those who do hold the position that one can lose their salvation because it seems to me that their hearts desire is for Christians never to become so “secure” in their salvation that they just start living a life of willful sin. I definitely understand and find this perspective commendable as I applaud their concern.
The main example that those who support an “unsecure” salvation use to defend their position is the “murderer.” Surprisingly, according to God’s perspective, He equates “gossip” to physical “murder” (James 4:1-2) (Roman 1:28-32). According to God’s perspective He equates a physical “murderer” to anyone who is angry with his brother without cause because “murder” begins in the heart (Matthew 5:21-26). According to God’s perspective anyone who hates his brother is a “murderer” (1 John 3:15). With all of this said, with all the gossip, anger towards one another without cause in the body of Christ and hatred in the body due to doctrinal differences, will we use these “murders” or people as examples of those who should not have a “secure” salvation too? If I can be honest, I don’t always agree with all of God’s perspectives that are unlike our perspectives either. Guess what? In my humanity I don’t agree that a person who commits flat out physical “murder” should be able to go to Heaven but when I learned about the “Judgment Seat of Christ,” I learned that they still will pay a heavy price for their evil behavior when they stand before Christ even if it “seems” as if they go away with it on earth. Knowing this, it made me feel a little better that the physical “murderer” does not just get away with “murder” especially as my heart goes out to the victims and the families suffering loss. However, on the flip side neither does the gossiping, angry, hating “murderer” either. Nonetheless, Moses and Paul who was formerly named Saul were “murderers” who God changed and used mightily for the Kingdom while on earth and when they died, went to Heaven. In my personal perspective, I don’t think that it is fair but then should it not equally be fair for those of us who have committed God’s equivalent to physical “murder” to be able to go to Heaven too? Man! There would not be anyone in Heaven. My point is that despite our personal views that connect with our humanity, we cannot simply adhere to the side of God or the Bible that connects with our personal perspectives. As it pertains to a “secure” or an “unsecure” salvation, I say this based on the many, many scriptures that confirm that we have a “secure” salvation. I have addressed the other side doctrinally whether one agrees with it or not. One who has an opposing view must address the other side scriptures too.
Salvation is Available.
One of the beauties that I have found about the Christian faith is that no matter where you find yourself in circumstantially in life (good, bad or ugly) you can sincerely repent and always make your way back home to God the Father just as the lost son did in Luke 15. If there was anyone who should have lost their “salvation” it should have been him. He was living riotously and sleeping with prostitutes. However, the ending of the story is such that in Luke 15:7 which says, “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance”(NKJV). Once again, this verse tells us how excited Heaven gets when a sinner repents and or a saved person decides to live as Christ would have them to live despite their straying. This applies, no matter how long a sinner has been in a sinful state, we can ALWAYS make their way back home to their Heavenly Father who ALWAYS sees us afar off, is filled with compassion, runs to us, wraps His arms around us and kisses us (verse 20) because our salvation and relation to Him is ALWAYS in place. Our salvation is definitely “secure” but if one chooses to work hard all their lives to hold on to it in their own strength, then by all means knock yourself out. Either way, when all is said and done, those of us Believers who believe in a “secure” salvation will still see you in Heaven as well. So do not be shocked or surprised! Be blessed!
In the next segment of this series, I will dissect five more of the notable scriptures that are used to "seemingly" support the argument that one can lose his or her salvation.