Can A Christian Lose Their Salvation?

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Once saved, always saved? Can a Christian lose their salvation after they have truly accepted Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior?

There is major divided opinion in the Body of Christ right now on this question. Many believe that you cannot lose your salvation, no matter how many bad things you may end up doing in this life.

The Bible says that we are “sealed” with the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord and that nothing can break this seal, no matter how many bad and evil sins a person may commit after getting saved.

Others believe that God will not be mocked, and that you can lose your salvation if you get into some of the heavier and more evil types of sins.

I believe there are several verses in Scripture that really do answer this question, with one verse in particular. After studying these verses very carefully, it is my own personal opinion that a Christian can lose their salvation after having already been saved.

However, I do believe that you really have to get into some of the heavier type sins before this will actually happen.

I believe the seal we have with the Holy Spirit is a very strong and powerful seal, but that this seal can be broken if this person with their own free will has chosen to live this life on the darker side.

I will go ahead and give you the main verses from Scripture that deal with this possibility.

You will each have to judge and discern for yourself as to whether or not you feel these verses are implying that a Christian can lose their salvation.

For those of you who are really wanting an answer on this issue, I would highly recommend that you study these verses very carefully, and then ask God the Father, through the Holy Spirit, to give you His direct answer on this issue due to the extreme importance of it.

What follows is just our own personal opinion on this issue.

You will each have to get your own answer from the Lord on this issue since there is such divided opinion in the Body right now on this question.

1. A Falling Away

In my opinion, this first verse hits the nail right on the head. Here is the verse, and then I will point out several key phrases showing that it might be possible for a Christian to lose their salvation with the Lord.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 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.

For the earth which brings in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.” (Hebrews 6:4-8)

First, notice the specific wording being used to describe what I believe is a saved and born again Christian:

  • Those who were once enlightened
  • Have tasted the heavenly gift
  • Become partakers of the Holy Spirit
  • Have tasted the good Word of God

You cannot be a “partaker of the Holy Spirit” unless you are saved and born again. Only Christians receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation with the Lord.

Nonbelievers do not have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of them. You can only be a partaker of the Holy Spirit if you already have Him living on the inside of you.

Only a Christian can truly “taste the good Word of God.” Unless you have the Holy Spirit living on the inside you, you can never fully understand the Bible because all of the Bible was really written by God the Father through the Holy Spirit.

Much of the Bible has to be spiritually discerned and this is done by and through the Holy Spirit. It is the job of Holy Spirit to teach us all things and to guide us into all truth.

As a result of the Holy Spirit helping you to understand the Bible when you are reading it, you then start to become “enlightened” as the above verse states.

You cannot become truly “enlightened” unless you already have the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you, and He is working with you to help you understand the spiritual truths that are in the Bible.

Put it all together – you cannot be truly enlightened, be a partaker of the Holy Spirit, and have the ability to “taste” the Word of God and the powers of the age to come unless you are a born-again Christian. I believe these specific words being used are showing that this verse is specifically talking about Christians.

And then watch what it says next: “For it is impossible … if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance …”

I think the key words in these phrases are “if they fall away.”

What is considered a “falling away?”

Obviously God the Father will be the final judge on what is considered a falling away from Him.

A good example might be someone who turns completely to the dark side and decides he wants to worship Satan direct as a result of the wealth and power that Satan may be able to give him while he is still living down here on this earth.

There have been documented cases of priests and ministers who have literally “sold out” to the devil in exchange for more of the material and lustful pleasures of this life.

They have literally become true Satan worshipers. I personally think something like this would qualify as a “falling away” – a deliberate turning away from God to serve His adversary, the Devil.

Other extreme examples would be Christians who have decided to join and live in some type of organized crime, who get into killing and murdering others for their own gain and profit, men who become rapists or serial killers, etc.

As you will see in some of the other verses listed below, God will not be mocked.

I believe that some of these heavier types of sins can cause a Christian to lose their salvation if they do not get these heavier types of sins confessed and forgiven with the Lord before they die and cross over.

Notice the above verse also says that:

“For it is impossible … to renew them again to repentance” if they fall away into the more heavier types of sins. The key word is “impossible” – meaning that God is not going to allow them to come back in after they have probably passed what may be considered some kind of “point of no return” with Him. The Bible tells us that the Spirit of God will not strive with a man forever.

Put all of the above together – and I think that the above verse is telling us that it is definitely possible for a Christian to lose their salvation if the “falling away” is considered to be serious enough and extreme enough in the eyes of God.

2. Sinning Willfully After Receiving the Knowledge of the Truth

This next verse is another real scary verse. The above verse talks about a “falling away” that could cause you to lose your salvation.

This next verse goes another step further and specifically talks about “sinning willfully” after we have already received the knowledge of the truth from God. Here it is:

“For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.

Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses.

Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?

For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:26-31)

Notice the first part of this verse says that if we “sin willfully” after having already received the knowledge of the truth. Again, I believe this wording could be implying that we are talking about Christians.

The second part of this verse seems to confirm that possibility when it talks about trampling Jesus underfoot and insulting the Spirit of grace, which is the Holy Spirit Himself.

Then notice it says that “there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” in direct reference to the statement about sinning willfully after having already received the knowledge of the truth.

I believe the words “no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” is implying a definite loss of salvation if someone has pushed the envelope too far with God the Father.

3. Becoming Entangled Again in the Pollutions of the World

Here is another verse that matches up with the verse mentioned above. It talks about, after having already received the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the dangers of returning back again to the “pollutions of the world” from which we have just come out of. Here it is:

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse than the beginning.

For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:20)

Again, I believe this verse is specifically talking about Christians when it talks about escaping the pollutions of this world “through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

You cannot have true knowledge about Jesus unless you have become saved and born again by accepting Him as your personal Lord and Savior.

Notice this verse specifically states that it would be much worse for you to have become saved and then turn back to your old sinful ways into the pollutions of this world than to never have become saved in the first place.

The key phrase in this verse is “the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.”

The word “beginning” is referring back to when we were not saved. If you are not saved, you cannot make it into heaven. What could be worse than never being saved in the first place.

However, this verse is going one step further and it is literally telling us that it would be worse for us, after initially getting saved, if we once more return back to the sins that we were operating in before we got saved.

If that is worse than never getting saved in the first place, then I believe this verse is another one telling us that it is possible to lose your salvation after initially getting saved.

4. 22 Specific Sins That Could Keep You Out of Heaven

If some of the above verses are possibly implying that you can lose your salvation – then what are some of the specific sins that could cause you to lose your salvation? These next two verses will give you some of those specific sins.

Are these next two verses talking about Christians or nonbelievers? If you match these two verses up with the ones listed above, then I believe that some of these sins, if being committed by Christians on a regular and frequent basis, could get them into major trouble with the Lord and possibly be endangering their salvation with Him. Here they are:

  • Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9)
  • Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, uncleanness, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19)

Notice the sin of adultery is specifically mentioned in both verses. Does this mean any Christian who regularly cheats on their spouse may be in danger of losing their salvation?

Maybe God is thinking that if you cannot stay faithful and loyal to your spouse, then maybe you will not be able to stay faithful and loyal to Him for all of eternity once you enter into heaven.

Look at what happened to Satan and one third of all the angels. They could not stay faithful and loyal to the Lord for the long run, and as a result, they tried to rebel against Him and were eventually thrown right out of heaven!

The word “sodomite” refers to a man having sexual relations with another man, which is another word for describing the sin of homosexuality.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, the word “licentiousness” refers to one who “disregards accepted rules and standards, one who is morally unrestrained, especially in sexual matters.”

There is no doubt that the above two verses are talking about nonbelievers. But is it also talking about Christians?

I guess we will all find out once we cross over into heaven and we see who has made it and who has not. But I would not want to be taking any chances with the Lord by wallowing in any of the above sins on any type of regular and frequent basis.

5. Not Everyone Who Calls Jesus “Lord, Lord” Will Make it Into Heaven

This next powerful verse is coming direct from Jesus Himself. He specifically states that not everyone who calls Him “Lord, Lord” is going to make it into heaven, but only those who do the will of God the Father.

The key word in this verse is the word “will” – the will of God the Father. What is the will of God the Father?

One of His definite “wills” is that we stay out of serious sin, especially some of the specific sins mentioned in the above two verses.

When Jesus is using the words of those calling Him “Lord, Lord” – is He referring to Christians or nonbelievers?

I personally believe that He may be referring to Christians. How can you truly call Jesus “Lord, Lord” unless you have become saved and born again by accepting Him as your “Lord” and Savior.

If Jesus is specifically referring to Christians with this phrase, then this is another verse that is showing that a Christian could possibly lose their salvation.

Once you have become saved, and then you go back and start to enter into some of these heavier sin areas – which would be going against the “will” of God the Father – then I believe you could be in danger of losing your own personal salvation with the Lord.

I believe this verse is also telling us that God will not be mocked! You cannot accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and then turn around and start to enter into some of these heavier sin areas – and then think you can get away with it and that God will just look the other way.

The sins of adultery and homosexuality are two very scary sins for any Christian to want to engage in with the way some of the above verses are worded.

I would not want to be tempting my eternal fate with God the Father by engaging in these two sins, or any of the other sins mentioned in the above two verses.

Here is the verse:

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 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 7:21)

Notice that Jesus is specifically talking about people who have prophesied and cast out demons in His name. Is Jesus referring direct to Christians?

I believe that He is, especially on the second act that these people had been doing – casting demons out of people in His name.

An unbeliever cannot cast demons out of someone because they do not have the legal authority to be able to do so. Demons are cast out of people by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You have to have the Holy Spirit living and operating on the inside of you before you can cast demons out of someone.

Only born-again Christians have the Holy Spirit living and operating on the inside of them – unbelievers do not! As a result, unbelievers do not have the power of the Holy Spirit or the legal authority from God the Father to cast demons out of anyone, including themselves if they have been caught in their death grip.

Two Scripture verses will back this up. In Acts 19:13-16, several Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call on the name of Jesus to try and cast demons out of several people. When they tried to cast these demons out in the name of Jesus, one of the evil spirits replied back to him stating that they knew who Jesus and Paul were, but they did not know who he was.

Then the man who had the demon in him jumped on the Jewish exorcists, overpowered them and literally “prevailed” against them. The men then ran out of the house “naked and wounded.” In other words, the Jewish exorcists had no divine power and authority to be trying to take these demons on.

And not only were they not able to cast the demons out, but the demons were allowed to physically attack them and were able to drive them right out of the house without a stitch of clothing left on them! And these men were Jewish men, not total unbelievers.

Here is the verse giving us this specific information:

“Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches … And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”

Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.” (Acts 19:13-16)

Notice in the first verse listed above that Jesus is not contesting that these people really were casting demons out of people in His name. I believe Jesus is directly acknowledging that these people really were casting demons out in His name.

And if Jesus is acknowledging this fact – then these people have to be born-again Christians, because only born-again Christians have the power of the Holy Spirit operating on the inside of them to be able to cast demons out of anyone.

I have heard some scholars argue that the people Jesus is referring to in this verse were unbelievers, not saved Christians. These unbelievers were then casting demons out of people and prophesying in His name as a direct result of operating under some kind of demonic influence or possession.

In other words, they were all doing this operating under the power of a demonic spirit rather than the power of the Holy Spirit. However, the second verse stated above is telling us that unbelievers cannot cast demons out of people, even if they are operating under some kind of demonic influence and power.

Another very powerful verse to help back up the revelation that demons are not going to be casting out other demons in a person is found in Mark 3:20-30. In this verse, the Scribes are accusing Jesus of casting demons out of people by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons.

Jesus then responds back stating that Satan is not going to be casting out himself, and that a kingdom will not be be able to stand if it becomes divided against itself. In other words, not even Satan or one of his demons are going to try and cast out other demons in a person, as they would just be defeating their own purposes in trying to do so.

If Satan or one of demons are not going to be casting demons out of anyone, and if unbelievers do not have the power and authority to be able to cast out demons – then the people Jesus is referring to in this first verse have to be born-again Christians, not unbelievers.

And then notice what Jesus says next – that He will tell them to depart from Him and that He never knew them because they “practice lawlessness.” The keys words as to why they may lose their salvation in Him is due to the fact that they were “practicing” lawlessness.

The word “practice” means someone who is deliberately, intentionally, and willfully breaking some of God’s basic laws and commandments on some kind of a regular basis. It is someone who is doing this on a regular and consistent basis, not someone who is just occasionally slipping up.

Again, I believe Jesus is giving us a major clue in this verse in that He is really talking about Christians, not unbelievers.

And if He is, then this verse is more proof that a Christian can lose their salvation if they push the envelope too far and too long with the Lord, with no intentions of ever pulling out of their sinful behaviors, and no remorse for doing it in the first place.

6. A Sin Leading to Death

This next verse is very interesting. It talks about a sin that could lead to death and a sin that will not lead to death. I believe the word “death” could be referring to the deaths of our souls once we die and cross cover, which would mean going straight to hell when we die. Again, is this verse referring to Christians?

If it is, then it is definitely delineating between certain types of sins. It is implying that some sins are obviously worse than others. Some of these sins could cause us to lose our salvation and other types of sins will not. Here is the verse:

There is a sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.” (1 John 5:16-17)

God will obviously be the final judge on what sins could lead to death and which ones will not. But again, as a Christian, I would not want to be tempting my eternal fate with God the Father by engaging in some of the heavier sins mentioned in the above verses, thinking that He will look the other way just because we got saved earlier on in our lives.

7. Fallen From Grace

The Bible specifically tells us that we are “saved by grace.” However, this next verse specifically says that we can “fall from grace.”

If you put both of these phrases right next to one another, then I believe they could be telling us that a Christian could lose their salvation.

I believe the words “fallen from grace” means exactly what it is saying. If we have been saved by grace – then we can also “fall from that same saving grace.” This might be another powerful verse from the Lord showing us that we can lose our salvation with Him.

Notice also in the first part of this verse where it talks about becoming “estranged from Christ.” If you put these three words right next to the words “fallen from grace” – and they are all in the same verse – then once again I believe the implication may really be there that you can lose your salvation, and that another phrase to describe losing your salvation with the Lord is “falling from grace” – falling from the saving grace which you initially got saved in the first place!

Here is the verse:

“You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” (Galatians 5:4)

Put this verse together with all of the other ones mentioned above – and the Scriptural evidence may really be there that a Christian could possibly lose their salvation if they try and push the envelope to far with God the Father by falling into and engaging in some of the heavier type sins as described above.

8. Having Your Name “Blotted Out” From the Book of Life

I will leave with you with one very scary intense verse from the Bible. This verse is coming direct from Jesus Himself from the Book of Revelation.

“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.” (Revelation 3:5)

The Book of Life is a Book that has every single saved and born-again believer recorded in it. Once you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, your name is then written and recorded in this Book.

But notice what Jesus says in reference to this specific Book. He specifically says that he who “overcomes” will not have his name “blotted out” from this Book.

The word “blot” means “to rub or wipe out, to erase or get rid of.”

The fact that Jesus is telling us that our names can literally be blotted out from this Book is just more proof that we can possibly lose our salvation with Him. If your name could not be blotted out from this Book, then Jesus would have never made this specific statement in the first place.

But since He did, I believe this is another powerful Scripture verse that is showing us that we can lose our salvation in Him.

Also notice the specific word that Jesus is using to tie in this possibility – the word “overcomes.”

What is it that Jesus wants us to overcome?

One of the things that He definitely wants us to overcome is the temptation to fall and enter into some of these heavier sin areas. The Bible tells us that we must “endure” temptation.

To endure a temptation means you do not give into it, you do not cross the line – but if by chance you do fall into a specific temptation, to immediately pull out of it as soon as you can.

If you do not, and you do not overcome and pull out of this temptation within the time span that God is giving you to pull out of it, then your name could be blotted out from His Book of Life for all of eternity!

The other thing to pick up with the specific wording that Jesus is using in this verse is that once He blots out your name from His Book of Life – it will be for all of eternity.

There will be no second chance to get back in once you have been officially erased from His Book, just like the first verse I listed at the beginning of this article is telling us.

There is no other indication in this verse, or any other verses in the Bible, that this blotting out of your name can be reversed or rescinded.

The tone and straight forward way this verse is being worded is all showing us that not only can a person’s name be actually blotted out from this Book, but that once it is, it will be for all of eternity.

Again, if this was not an actual possibility, then Jesus would have never worded this verse the way He did. But the fact that He is specifically using the words of having your own personal name blotted out from His Book of Life is all showing us that this is a definite possibility if we have gone too far and wallowed too long in a heavier sin area.


You will each have to come to your own conclusions as to whether or not you feel a Christian can lose their salvation with the way all of the above verses are worded.

I personally believe that all of the above verses mean exactly what they are saying.

If you put all of the above verses together and right next to one another like you would pieces to a jigsaw puzzle, then I believe God the Father is giving us major insight and revelation that a Christian can lose their salvation if he “falls away,” if he “falls from grace,” if he becomes “estranged from Christ,” if he gets involved in a “sin that leads to death,” if he goes against the “will” of God the Father, if he returns once again to the “pollutions of the world,” and if he “sins willfully after having received the knowledge of the truth” that is contained in both God and Jesus.

I personally believe that all of the above verses, and specifically some of the key phrases mentioned in these verses, are simply way too much Scriptural evidence all showing that it is possible for a Christian to lose their salvation with the Lord.

God and His Word will not be mocked. He will not put up with some of His own falling into some of these heavier sin areas, and then think that He will turn a blind eye to their sins, while all the while condoning their sinful activities thinking that the Blood of Jesus will keep them covered till the day they die.

I am afraid some Christians, who are living in some of these heavier sin areas on a regular and frequent basis with no intentions of trying to pull out of them, are going to be in for a very big surprise once they die and cross over and have to meet the Lord for their own personal final judgment.

Again, it would be our strong recommendation that you go direct to God the Father in prayer and ask Him to show you what the real truth is on this matter. All of the above are just our thoughts and opinions on this very controversial issue.

For the record, I hope that I am really wrong on my assessment on the above Scripture verses, as I would never want anyone to lose their salvation in the Lord.


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  1. He can just chose to take away your salvation if he wants to no matter what you do by hardening your heart and make you want to lose your salvation if one day he disprove of you or just don’t like you. Just remember that . We are his clay figure golem he can do what he wants with us . So you should never listen to any humans . They don’t know who God truly is . We are his story characters that is all he can make people’s life a cursed and others blessed not just because of right or wrong doings it’s due to his pleasures .

  2. God uses the devil to discipline his children when they do not obey God’s commands .God is in control not the devil . We need to understand this . It’s very important .and that God predestined all his children faith . Not his Israelites children .they have no say in this matter if created you to not believe in him from the get go .or created you to believe . That is how it goes .so I can understand why some people may leave the faith and God understands this .

    • You sound like you believe in predestination. That if God choses you to go to heaven, you will and you have no day so. I believe that before we were born that He know who would choose Him and who would not. So because we chose Him with our free will, we are the chosen. I don’t believe that this should cause arguments or take away from the main message in God’s WordThat Salvation comes only through faith in that Jesus dying on the cross and rising again paid for our sins. I also don’t believe that you can loose your salvation if you are truly saved. We are sealed aat the day we are saved. ❤ DZK

  3. The passage in Hebrews 6: 4-8 is referring to the ones who have the Law of Moses still on their hearts and still believe in Christ, as they will not have salvation in Christ because they have not put FULL trust into Jesus Christ, since they are still putting faith into the Law of Moses and the WORKS that are being performed by them. They are also taking advantage of the death of Christ and keep asking Him for forgiveness. This also means that they do not have FULL faith in Christ. In the account where Jesus went to the home of Martha and a Mary, Jesus said that Martha was TOO focused in the works, but on the other hand, Mary CHOSE the Good Portion that she will NEVER lose or be taken away from her. This is in Luke 10:38-42. Jesus says that when you CHOOSE Him over anything else, that you will NEVER lose Him. Jesus is the Good Portion. You should ACTUALLY READ the entire chapter of Hebrews 6, for it talks about the people who it is written to, the Hebrew congregation, which is struggling with still following the Law of Moses and the Covenant of Abraham, instead of following the New Covenant in Christ.

  4. If christians can’t lose their salvation and we are supposed to be secure in that, why then is Satan always trying to tempt us to sin? Because sin is transgress and it separates us from God.

    • Because the devil hates God, the word ‘hate’ is synonymous with ‘enemy’. If the enemy can place a wedge between the relationship of man to ‘Good’, What Is God, then? I wonder, how many times can the devil deceive us in believing any, created thing or being, can be Good, as God?
      The word salvation, in the Original language means ‘safety’. I can tell you this; because, I had taken God for granted, I had also, taken the enemy of God, for granted as well. I lost sight of being born into ‘spiritual warfare’ and let those little foxes that spoil the vine, overrun any relationship that I once had with the Lord Christ. I am afraid, that habits of immorality, carelessness, apathy, unforgiveness, degradation, have consumed any love I have had toward God. Idols consume the greatest gift of love & life placed within my heart…until I feel drained. Immorality offers the illusion of love’s fulfillment, all the while, taking back the strength it promises to give….because, it is empty, of itself; it can only steal, and teach us the same…to live off of the praise & love of others…the gift of love placed within all.
      I can understand why Judas Iscariot hung himself; the pain of having lost that loving relationship (with He Whom loves us most) is so heavy, that hope is only found in the fact that I am still breathing. I feel safety no more. It’s like the walking dead…going through the motions of living, but having no power of life; friendships are shallow (no one to validate love to salvation…Spirit & Truth).
      If Jesus sweated blood, in the Garden of Gethsemane, becoming fully man, after having felt & known, the validation of truth, being the fullness of The Love of The Father, then replaced, by the vengeful hatred that the devil has at its own defeat, what hope have I (having experienced the goodness of God, in Christ, & turning away)?
      I await only two things; I await either the mercies of God to bring me to the love of Christ or death, the end of ‘missing the mark’ (in this body) to face the final judgment (all whom I have hurt, including the Son of God…and those effects may ripple, endlessly (as the effects of true love ripple endlessly), even unto eternity, as far as I know (anyone’s pain, other than my own).
      I think OSAS is a trick of the enemy, to lay to no effect, the love & life of Christ Jesus, Son of The Creator/ Spirit/ Father of all. The greatest mistake I think that I made was to underestimate the power of God, by underestimating the deception of His creation, the once highest angel. It is not that God is Merciful, because He Is; the problem with falling away is the devil is not; it is so foolish to straddle the banks of a stream or river, and expect to never fall into the flood.

      • Are you speaking of your own experience here? AS LONG AS YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR STATE, THERE IS HOPE! A true “reprobate” DOES NOT CARE anymore. Seek the LORD and His mercies, there is a possibility that you are in a soulishly depressed state, and are depending too much on your feelings in this matter. Judas NEVER loved Jesus, if you will carefully read through the Gospels, it is clear that Christ knew who was choosing as a fulfillment of prophecy and the plan of God, not because He believed that he would make a genuine follower. From what you have written, it is obvious that your heart is till tender – maybe a time of prayer and fasting would be in order (fasting does increase the effects of certain medications, I would be cautious of that).

    • Donna,

      Can you please explain then, why Satan tried to tempt Jesus? or do you think that Jesus didn’t know he was God or something? sorry but that statement really doesn’t make a lot of sense

  5. Michael Bradley, I agree I don’t believe in OSAS. Along with all your scripture there is another that I think disproves the OSAS doctrine. Jesus said, “one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62

  6. Great article! Speaking from my own personal experience – we absolutely CAN lose our salvation. I believe that the lambs book of life is “living” and that a day is coming when the book will be closed and the righteous (not the unrighteous) will be sealed (is how I believe it to be).
    When my husband left our 23 year marriage — I fell into lukewarm living. I cannot even believe how far away from God I strayed while still calling myself a Christian. I am SO thankful that I was given another chance as I believe we all are… When that chance came, I stopped my unrighteous living, turned from the world and all worldliness and made peace with the one person in my life that I had been estranged from (my mother). I stopped dating because in the eyes of God — I am still bound by my covenant first marriage until death (truth !). God also let me know (in a way that I would understand it) that hell is real and that I was headed there unless I remained in righteousness at all times and so I repented and got right with God. I stopped sinning (sin is a choice) but if I commit an unintentional sin (like getting caught up in gossip), I promptly fix my error and repent of it so I can always be “ready” and prepared for the Lord’s coming or my death whichever happens first. We CAN lose our salvation because we never lose our freewill. We must always strive to remain living in righteousness and we must always resist the devil because the devil will never stop trying to tempt us to sin. Sadly though, many Christians will fall for the lie that all they have to do is believe and have faith to be saved/sealed but no — only the righteous (the holy) will inherit the kingdom of heaven. We must live holy so that the holy spirit can dwell in us and guide us to truth.

    • Thank you, Lora. I have a glimmer more of hope after reading your testimony for Christ, The Wisdom, Love, and Righteousness of God. He is The Greatest Love of All…to sacrifice His Life for all of us.
      I know Who He Is; that is why it hurts so much to think ‘how I have grieved His Belief in us’; I know I can’t represent anyone but myself, and yet, I believe I do. If, I am condoning ‘missing the mark’ for some temporary gain, I am misrepresenting others…telling them “it’s okay to be ‘god’ or ‘good’ and do whatever you want, regardless of how it affects others; if it is not ‘good’ for them, how can it be good for me unless I am God. Is that Love, truly? I am not Jesus Christ; I didn’t sacrifice my life to save humanity; I didn’t create life…Life created me. I need to learn to listen; then, maybe, I will be better at listening to learn…& doing. It’s one thing to memorize the manual, but memorizing is not committed to memory, until I begin to drive the car.

      • Wayne, can you tell me in detail what your salvation experience was? Did you have a change in your inner man (“heart”), did the Bible become more real and understandable to you, did you sense the presence of the Holy Spirit and His direction in your life? NOT just “trying to be a good person and believing in Jesus”. The word “believe” in the Bible means to place your trust in, not just a mental agreement. Perhaps you were never truly born again spiritually. Please investigate this possibility for yourself.

  7. Thank you for making it very clear to me that you can loose salvation. I have a friend who is constantly telling me “once save always saved” I do not ever agree to this. I grew up with corporal punishment and learned that if you do it again, you get punished. That is what sticks in me and I remember every time not to repeat what I did because I get punished for. Its the same with God. Once you have been freed from sin, do not do it again. Yes you can repent but to a point till God is fed up. I completely understand that and I thank God for giving us a way out by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. He suffered for our sins because God laid all sin of men on the Shoulders of Jesus and that is what really killed Him. My sins included. So, once saved keep it that way and stop doing it your way. Its not working out.

    • Ask your friend to read Ezekiel chapter 18. Jesus said, “I have not come to abolish the law, but to fulfill the law…” Ask your friend, what do they think that means?.
      However, people (we) all believe as we do, to do what we do; there is no getting around that one, as far as I can see. I am not one to judge or preach; I am only passing on what was passed on to me….good or bad…right or wrong.
      I, also, sense that the first two commandments given by Christ, are not merely a command, but INEVITABLITY. I believe, from what I have seen, we all do it anyway (love or treat people, according to what we love…. like it or not); even atheists look to enjoy the benefits of love, and do not like ‘being lied to’.
      If IT (some bit of love & truth) IS not within us, why do we look for those that love & don’t lie to us? Why do people seek stability? Unless of course, we seek power, but power without stability is no power at all…just like freedom, without responsibility is not freedom, but indulgence; does not freedom give us the ability to respond adequately?

  8. I have been baptized and i have declared Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. I know He is real and I have tasted He is good. But i am sinning again and not prayong and reveling. I also believe I have lost My salvation. And I dont see me stopping and repenting anytime soon. I deserve hell. I can admit that for sure. I am not a fool… Yet i just be. To know whats at risk and to know what im actually doing and yet i still do it. Scared. But yet I still sin. I am a fool. Praise God for he will not be mocked.

    • You are correct, God will not be mocked.
      But why are you so entrenched in your sin? What is it that is so appealing about you sin that you would risk your soul?
      I know sin pleases the flesh. I’ve been guilty of that. And I know how difficult it is to give it up. And it doesn’t mean there won’t be slip ups as we try to get on our feet after wallowing in the mud.
      But please go to God and ask Him to change your heart. You yourself said you are a fool. You don’t have to continue to be one. Gain wisdom, and gain life.

      God is waiting for you to repent. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here. Please, seek Him. He will forgive you if you choose to repent. It is a choice. Please make the right one.

      My heart aches for you. Imagine how God’s heart must ache?

    • Bryan
      I am praying for you so the grace of God may find you and you will have the courage to stop willful sinning. Always know that He is your Redeemer, He says in Isaiah 1:18 Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Don’t torment yourself.

  9. hi. so, i was recently born again. ten years ago i believe i asked to be saved and for the last ten years i have seeked and also not so much gave it my all , more like the bare minimum like faith of a mustard seed for real, yet there was alway that hope and that place deep inside that believed. march 24 2019 i was what i believe must be born again. it was just different and i knew and i could see things i never before seen or even understood to try to see. however it wasnt like i could see see but enough and with glimpses of what could be. but what i do KNOW now is that God is real, his word is living and is Him and Jesus did die for us a horrible just beyond words awful death so that we could be with them again as before we were doomed. I also know he is the Son of God and that His name is powerful and more powerful than any word i know of today. so i have since prayed as much as i think i can definetly more in the last almost month then my entire life and i try to read the Word as often as i can bear to recieve right now as i get overwhelmed and have to let what i have at the moment sink in and marinate. Now i defienetly have been attacked from all directions as i was told by Him i would be and also i trip myself up more than id like. i began lettin others confuse me then He would remind me that no man is good and to trust only Him and that i pray when i am feeling any emotions not of Him and also pray or people who seem to plant anything that doesnt feel right in my heart. sooooo with all that i began by being tempted and overcoming it then i gave in recently. kind of been stuck back in my old ways the last week but with the difference of knowing and praying and not giving up and with all of my soul yearning to get back on the path i know He has intended for me. I do not believe He has blotted me out and i kind of refuse to however i did read the verse of that i have fallen from grace and i immediately felt sick. He has done sooo many amazing merciful miracles in my life right before and after the 24th. im so thankful and yet i feel like a piece of you know because i think how could i have went backwards after all He did for me and wasw soooo obvious He did because i was recieving the ultimate free gift of salvation and true understanding from Him. Did He take it back beacause i failed the tests of my spirit. will i end up changing thiss all around so His name can be glorified which is all i pray because i know my God is good all the time and that He knows my heart and that just because im an addict and because i have been in my ways too long doesnt mean that i messed up and am doomed for eternity because why would He have ever even shon me at all if it was the beginning of His ultimate plan with His perfect timing. I dont know, I had a question at the beginning of this but it doesnt too much matter because i cant change anything at this point and all i can do is what im doing and gonna do and i know i asked from the beginning and daily His will be done so what anyone says beyond that kind of isnt important and i meant that respectfully. Then also He works through people that are of Him so with that please any advice will be read and by His grace if i still have any i will use discernment through Him and maybe it will help me do right and please Him and also not have so much worry but joy as i go through this new journey i am on.

  10. And that’s my point! The only means of loosing your salvation is to stop believing in Jesus! Jesus is the only way!

  11. Thank you so much for this. I am going to a church that has started teaching “Hyper Grace” and it has been very confusing. It is such an mixture of truth and error. The enemy comes in like an angel of light but it is deception. Many are following this road of deception and becoming lukewarm in their walk with the Lord. Apathic and deceived.
    My husband I have been labeled legalistic because we do not believe this hyper grace message of past, present and future sins are all forgiven and there is no need of repentance ever again.

    • Change the Church and look for a Church teaching the truth from the BIBLE. There is a need of repentance because we are still sinners saved by grace. The Lords prayer says it clearly: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.

    • An angel of light is one who keeps the law, Jesus did away with the law, so that we can live within grace. Trying to do it ourselves can only bring condemnation. Grace freed. Strive to enter that rest. Living in grace frees us from the law, so one lives free, not from sin but the power of sin to bring death. No one is perfect

  12. I have been an Ambassador of the Kingdom for over 10 years. I can honestly tell the person responsible for the writing on this subject that I appreciate that they advised getting alone with the Holy Spirit when dealing with these scriptures. It is obvious from their opinion though that they have not taken their own advice as seriously as they should have.
    Being an Ambassador should be the goal of all disciplined, (disciples) Believers.
    The foremost rule of exegesis is context. Always do a thorough study of the circumstance, ie, time, place, and circumstances while sitting under the guidance and counsel of the Holy Spirit.
    I ask you very seriously, do you WANT to be in such a shoddy relationship with GOD that is conditional upon your ability to perform?
    If you think that it is even as remotely possible as this author teaches then you are a double-minded Believer. Each Born again Believer must come their own conclusion on the matter of their eternal security, which every Believer has being sealed with the Holy Spirit who is now predestinated unto that adoption of the children. That is a guarantee directly from the very GOD Almighty WHO HIMSELF is the ONE WHO Justified you unto that position of citizen Saints in the Spiritual Kingdom of Heaven. If you are a Born again Christian, then you have been Birthed into the Spiritual Kingdom of GOD and until you become persuaded by the Holy Spirit in that fact you will continue to live out a mediocre low level Spiritual existence here on earth. Everybody who finds themselves in Heaven after they die do so ONLY because of the perfect performance of Christ in His finished work as the Lamb and Messiah of GOD. Because of that finished work of Christ, every Born again believer is established as a fully vested citizen of the Spiritual Kingdom right now, (the security of which is established in John 10:27-31) and it is now become their responsibility to learn how walk according to the Holy Spirit and inherit the rights and benefits of that citizenship right here on earth which is exactly what Galatians 5:16-26 and Ephesians 5:1-21, and also, 1st Corinthians 6:1-20. These passages are all dealing with Born again Christian’s and the choice of either inheriting through sanctification that condition within of Fruitfulness or the enduring the conditions within of carnality. These passages have nothing at all to do with a Believer dying and having to deal with Hell. Point in fact, Jesus has already addressed Hell for every Born again Believer and destroyed that power eternally as illustrated in Hebrews 2:9-15 where we are told that Jesus has destroyed that power of Hell which the devil had over us. Now, every Believer walks through the valley of the powerless, shadow of death which no longer has any sting. And then, let’s us look at Hebrews 64-6 which this author alluded to in this article. First off remember the 1st rule of exegesis…context rules in all circumstances. The book of Hebrews was written to the early Jewish Believers before the destruction of the second temple in Jerusalem by Titus in 70 a.d. There were certain situations going on in the early church that many today are totally oblivious to. At the time of this book being written the uncommon salvation was still in effect which is spoken of in Jude 1:3 where we are instructed to contend for that FAITH that was at one time delivered to the Saints which means that both Jude and those verses in Peter which address the fact that both of these men are recognizing that many Jewish Believers are going back into Judism and losing that higher wipe of the conditions of destruction in their souls; and falling down to the common salvation which only gets a perfect position in Santification and a small portion of the Fruit of the Spirit when they first come into the Kingdom. They that were delivered that uncommon salvation received both a complete sanctification which means that not only were they Justified by GOD unto perfect Sanctification positionally with GOD just like we do in our citizenship but they also were delivered a complete wipe or sanctification of all of the damage sin had done in their soul, which is why Juse instructs those in the common salvation to contend through the sanctification process for that FAITH that was at one time delivered to the early Saints.

    • I think the moment one is a christian they walk in God’s power unless they choose to reject him and not i think this writer is correct.we live by grace and we are saved by grace.but we are not supposed to misuse the grace.bottom line is God speaks by his spirit and word whether we are doing the right thing or not we just have to learn to yield to him and repent if we are led astray by our own will and fleshy desires

      • Well said! The suggestion that, once we are saved, we can do whatever we want and sin as much as we want, and we will still be saved, misunderstands who God is, and His holiness!

        I believe our lives on earth and the things we must endure, once we have been saved, are primarily about the Holy Spirit helping us “grow in our faith and our knowledge of the Lord”, and becoming sanctified, so that by the time we are called home one day (or raptured), we will be the kind of pure bride that Jesus is looking for! That doesn’t mean we have to be perfect, but as Paul said, we should be striving for perfection.

    • This is the confusion that we have when we read the Bible, we want to look at the circumstances that were happening during that time to make our conclusions. If what’s written is not for us today, then God would not have put them in there. The Bible was written for every believer, Jew, Gentile, Pharisee, Scribe, who ever decides to believe but of course there are stories that happened that we are told of and those stories still apply in today’s life therefore we shouldn’t conclude our opinions based on the what happened back then.

  13. If we are true christians and have accepted His message of love, we are always saved for a special place in heaven, and that can’t be taken away from us. It is true we can stray, but I believe once saved always saved, if a it was a true confession of faith. He’s waiting to welcome us back into the fold!

  14. I guess it’s over now. I’ve long turned away from terrible sins as Paul did, but it turns out most of these sins in the verses you mentioned above, Paul has done most of these. So if God can’t forgive me of the sins I’ve done, no matter how much I’ve trusted Jesus, there’s no way of telling if Paul is in Heaven.

    • Who said God does not forgive you. That is a lie from the pits of hell God does forgive you of these sins, all you have to do is call upon his name and he is faithful and just to forgive you.Read the word pray every day..Our mind is the battlefield for the devil to work on, but if we have the word to fight him with. The Bible says to put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand again the the wiles of the devil.So call upon his name and you shall be saved.

    • Nobody said you cannot be forgiven for those sins! But, if you continue in those sins, without repentance, then you are going directly against the Word of God. How can you still expect to be saved?!

  15. altho I believe in the above scriptures and I believe that it may be possible for some one to turn their back on God , there are also many scriptures that give reassurance of eternal Salvation and if the Holy Spirit seals us , Which Ephesians says He does until Jesus comes to claim his purchased possession , which I believe the Holy Spirit did when I was saved . I have never found a scripture that says that seal can be broken or that the Holy Spirits seals was to no avail , would that not be the same as blasphemy ? Having said this I would be very afraid of preaching or teaching you can lose your Salvation especially to a young child or a new born again christian they have not been taught yet or have the knowledge that seasoned christian do , I think it would be treading on very dangerous grounds .

    • I would be more afraid of teaching that it is impossible to lose your salvation, despite everything that Jesus has said to the contrary, as that could result in many people being lost, who thought that as long as they had given their lives to the Lord, at some point, they could live as they wanted, without consequence! How many Christians have gone to Hell as a result of this teaching, I wonder. Sadly, based on the testimony of several people who the Lord has allowed to visit Hell, there are a great many!

  16. I wholeheartedly agree with your Hebrew 6:6 verse. However, I want to remind everyone that reads this site or any other site what God’s Word says about “…your salvation…”

    “Work out your own plan of salvation with fear and trembling”

    Each of us has the responsibility to “know” within our inner spirit man, I’m referring to The Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit of God, as to whether we – individually – are walking, talking, acting, and living a holy life (living a holy life <—– to the best of our ability). God's Word tells us to ask HIM what scripture verses mean and what it meant when we read it. Man, referring to mankind has never had and will never have "all the answers" to God's Word, at least not while we are living in these fleshly bodies.

    Pray, Seek His Answers, Repent if you haven't + and mean it, and allow God to speak to you about His Word. "Study to show thyself approved…" Make sure that you take time to read and study His Infallible Word.

    God's Word also says that He is "…no respecter of person…", so if you confess with your mouth the Word of God through repentance, and you truly mean it when you say it, God will forgive you of your sins. That does not give you the right to out and do whatever you want to. Don't think that He will forgive you just because you – intentionally and willfully – continue to sin. God expects you to change from the person you were so others can see what God did for you. Repent and Mean It!

    Once you repent – according to God's Word – "…you are a new creature…", so rejoice in your new creation and show God how much you love Him by changing from the way you were into the person He wants you to be.

    Rick, D.Th., D.D.

  17. Lord knows i will have eternal life only by the skin of my teeth. I have had drinking issues off and on esp. the last 20 years, but 2 years i abruptly stopped by the power of His Spirit in me and through the strength and prayers of my wife.
    However, i could feel God pulling me and telling me to get out of that lifestyle. I know this is my last chance. I guess i dont know for sure whether i could have lost my salvation, but i dont want to find out either.
    I believe those ‘blotted’ out of the Book of Life were those predestined to be saved, but after Hearing the word of God and reading it[knowledge], they denied it and never fully accepted it. They did not heed the conviction of the Holy Spirit. And therefore they are lost forever.

  18. My brother and I discuss this topic often. You need to search your heart and ask God to search your heart. If there is sin in your life and you are not convicted of it, there is definitely something wrong with your relationship with God. God is a Holy God, he cannot abide with sin, if there is a continual practicing of sin, then you need to repent and ask Jesus into your life. You can’t live in sin and be ok about it. You should be broken hearted and want to instantly repent of that sin and restore fellowship with God if you are truly saved.

  19. Biblical salvation includes our spirits, souls, and bodies. (1 Thess 5:23),

    We were saved (spirit), we are being saved (soul: mind, will, and emotions), and we will be saved (bodies).

    Consequently, if we are born of the Spirit, we can not loose our place in heaven (eternity) regardless of our sin infractions. We can suffer loss in terms of our reward and place in the coming millennial kingdom. This occurs when we are characterized by not cooperating with the Holy Spirit and live an obstinate carnal life.

    When we are not open to the full counsel of God’s Word, we can easily fall into error and deception.

    Grace, mercy, and peace.

  20. I have always been taught OSAS and that a believer cannot “lose” his salvation. Also, I have been taught that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when the Pharisees attributed Jesus’ miracles to the work of the devil. I have been taught that this cannot happen today because Jesus is not on the earth as he was then. Therefore, there is no “unforgivable” sin — except dying in unbelief, which is the unpardonable sin.

    However, this is what I have come to believe: I believe that blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is when a born-again believer resists the work of the Holy Spirit in his life. Next, this born-again believer grieves the Holy Spirit by living in unrepentant sin. Then, this born-again believer blasphemes against the Holy Spirit by telling Him to leave him alone and to get out of his body. I believe that this is unforgivable because one cannot enter into Heaven without the Holy Spirit living inside of him. And, the Holy Spirit will not stay where He is not welcome. He is our seal. I believe that this is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit and I believe that this is how a born-again believer can “lose” his salvation. He didn’t really “lose” his salvation, he gave it up. What do you all think? And, can this person ever get right with God again? Is it hopeless?

    • I agree…I don’t believe you can lose your salvation but…you can give it back. If what is required for salvation is belief, what happens if you stop believing?

  21. Have you entered in? Can one be unborn again? can you be taken out of the Lamb’s book of Life? As fare as the east is to the west, will God remember your sins? Can you be separated from the love of God? Many people don’t consider that the book of Hebrews was written to the Jews; those that were under the law. Paul would hand over some to satin for the destruction of the flesh; but in the end the spirit will be saved, yet as by fire. Faults teachers are those that do not rightly divide the word of truth! The bible tells us, those that brake one of the least of the commandments, and teach men so, shall be called the least in the kingdom of Heaven. If any one reads this, and is truly caught in the gap; Respond to my email, and I will give you a long list of scriptures of God’s promises to those that Jesus knows……I went through a lot of years of constant backsliding; in the fear of losing my salvation. I have ben at the edge of death many times; being in a state of drunkenness, drug induced, sinfully lusting. At the lowest times in my life God’s Holy Spirit would speak to me the Words Andrew I will never leave you nor forsake… We will prove to any one that once you have ENTERED IN, And Jesus dos truly know you; planted into your Spirit, God’s holy Seeds of Love…….

  22. Thank you for your very informative study…it is probably the best most conclusive one I have found. I have someone close to me that I love very much….Sadly they were a Christian for over 30 years ..during that time they had married two non Christian’s. Then married another Christian later divorced…Then a few years later was involved in a non Christian relationship…where this person in five years never went to church with them…They were in this relationship while being on the praise team of their church…
    Sadly…now what has been going on in their life is complete torment….they cry everyday…for five years….they feel like there is a monster inside of them where the Holy Spirit used to reside….
    This is your conclusion living in front of me daily…
    This situation has helped me continue to guard my heart , stay in the word and keep myself in the presence of my Heavenly Father…
    It is horrible to watch and I pray God’s mercy…but to no avail..even after five years…
    Please readers….take note…bewhare..guard your heart with all diligence…
    Satan is a deceiver…he deceived this person….I do not want to be next…

    • Can you email me so we can have a conversation. I have had similar things happen to me. I would like to speak with you on this subject. The enemy can definitely deceive Christians in many ways. Bless you and your family, thanks Janice

  23. I am so very impressed and thankful for your clear and positive information. I teach a couple Bible studies to recovering addicts and reentering felons. I appreciate the opportunity to do that under my pastor’s authority and they ask me all the questions you discuss on your website.
    May I make a copy for my own use of many of the articles to use with them?
    I will give you credit, include the URL for the article and will not change the content.

    • If you’re talking about printing a copy to use with them then sure, feel free.

      • Mike, could you please give some counsel to some of the tormented people who are commenting here? How to repent and restore their relationship with God, or how to determine if they were even saved in the first place. I see a lot of “floundering around” and cries for help. Not everyone has a sound church in their area that they can go to for counseling and spiritual help in these matters.

  24. You have to rightly divide the word of truth as the bible states to do in 2 Timothy 2:15.

    The doctrine of the Church are in the books of Romans through Philemon.

    The book of Hebrews is written for Jews hence the name Hebrews which are Jews.

    The book of Hebrews is likely written for those who will end up going through the tribulation period during which one can lose their salvation if they take the mark of the beast.

    Also Jesus statement about enduring to the end to be saved is also meant to be for those who will end up going through the tribulation period.

    Rightly dividing is very important when I comes to understanding the bible and a lot of people don’t do it correctly.

    • I too am struggling with my salvation. I experienced a wonderful transformation by the Holy Spirit in my 20’s after always feeling close to God my whole life. However even after that I have fallen in and out of sin but always asking for forgiveness and feeling the spirit remaining in me. I married and God poured out His blessings on my family, in every way…even experiencing a physical healing. God placed me at the pinnacle of my career…but along the way I neglected the beautiful and amazing wife God gave me, my children, and sharing God’s goodness with others in favor of work and earning money. God made us wealthy but I became prideful, I was generous but wanted more even though I thought it was to glorify God. I didn’t listen to my wife and quit my job as CEO to focus on my family and work at my church for a while. I didn’t do that though! I began to start businesses while my non compete was in effect, squandering all of our money and furthur neglecting my family and Gods work. I thought God wanted me to bless others through business. Now I feel so much pain…businesses failed, my wife and sons are suffering, people we did business with are suffering loss. I pray this is being chastised to correct me and not lost forever. I feel so bad because I didn’t take care of family, God wanted us to prosper but I was a bad steward and now my innocent family suffers. I too question if I Have crossed the line. Not only for me but my family. I can’t believe how tormented I am after feeling so close To God my entire life and experiencing so many wonders while trusting in the Lord. I’ve neglected every part of what God gave me. Please…stay in the word everyday…never rest because the enemy doesn’t…he is sneaky…I avoided obvious sin easily but desires of the world, pride, and selfish ambition we’re used by Satan to wreck my life…however I still have much to be thankful for so I try to focus on that…be careful Christians…stay submersed in the Word as much as you can and be active in your church and Jesus will protect you from falling…that’s all I had to do.

    • Hebrews teaches you to walk in the spirit. Every word is written to you. Rightly dividing word of truth doesn’t mean discarding things saying that’s for the Jews not for me. I’ll never get that reasoning. May as well throw out half the Bible.

      Anytime people get complicated I assume it is Satan. God forgives your sins. Then Jesus helps you stop sinning and cleanses you gives you a new heart. He does everything! We must overcome the world, the devil and the self by faith. I wouldn’t try to get in some backdoor clever way of “rightly dividing the word of truth”
      Satan’s first deception…”surely God hath not said, surely you won’t die”. Just believe Gods word. And stop wrongly dividing the word of truth. Jesus puts in his Bible the important things over and over and over again. Like a good teacher would. It isn’t some secret puzzle. Sin and you will die. You either walk in Love or die. It’s just the way it is. This life is a test. Yes we fall. Yes we fail many times. But to assume it’s some kind of game you play with Gods word and not realize He is testing our hearts is very dangerous.

      Everything God creates He tests. Walk in love or perish in your sins. It’s pretty clear which sins get you into Hell. If you refuse to stop them then you chose Hell. How to we stop sinning? By faith! I’d say once Christ purified you of all your old sins and old nature it is very dangerous to fall back into it.

      The biggest lie is OSAS. It’s very clear in Bible. Daily bread. Daily trips to the mercy seat! It’s a walk! Christianity is total dependence on Jesus Christ everyday! To fall away is to go back to depending on self. Seek His righteousness! If we aren’t walking daily, hourly, minutely seeking Him and His will. We are liars and the truth is not in us. We are in the flesh. No flesh glories in His presence.

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