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Can a Christian lose salvation?

Philippians 2:12

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

If JESUS Himself will blot the unrepentant names from the book of life, that is clearly Christians who lost their salvation.

I’m with John Wesley on this subject…

John Wesley on “Never Truly Saved”

“Calvinists, who deny that salvation can ever be lost, reason on the subject in a marvelous way. They tell us, that no virgin’s lamp can go out; no promising harvest be choked with thorns; no branch in Christ can ever be cut off from unfruitfulness; no pardon can ever be forfeited, and no name blotted out of God’s book!

They insist that no salt can ever lose its savor; nobody can ever ‘receive the grace of God in vain’; ‘bury his talents’; ‘neglect such great salvation’; trifle away ‘a day of grace’; ‘look back’ after putting his hand to the gospel plow. Nobody can ‘grieve the Spirit’ till He is ‘quenched,’ and strives no more, nor ‘deny the Lord that bought them’; nor ‘bring upon themselves swift destruction.’

Nobody, or body of believers, can ever get so lukewarm that Jesus will spew them out of His mouth. They use reams of paper to argue that if one ever got lost he was never found (John 17:12); that if one falls, he never stood (Rom. 11:16-22 and Heb. 6:4-6); if one was ever ‘cast forth,’ he was never in, and ‘if one ever withered,’ he was never green (John 15:1-6); and that ‘if any man draws back,’ it proves that he never had anything to draw back from (Heb. 10:38,39); that if one ever ‘falls away into spiritual darkness,’ he was never enlightened (Heb 6:4-6); that if you ‘again get entangled in the pollutions of the world,’ it shows that you never escaped (2 Pet 2:20); that if you ‘put salvation away’ you never had it to put away, and if you make shipwreck of faith, there was no ship of faith there!!

In short, they say: If you get it, you can’t lose it; and if you lose it you never had it. May God save us from accepting a doctrine, that must be defended by such fallacious reasoning!”

– John Wesley

In conclusion, my position is simple. Jesus came to seek and save the lost, not cast them away. His desire is that none should perish, but not at the expense of their free will. IF His people willfully refuse to obey Him, their names can and will be blotted from the Lambs book of life.

Let’s look at a couple of verses: Matt 25; 41 “Then the King will turn to those on the left and say, ‘Away with you, you cursed ones, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons.[g]

 

Notice here exactly what Jesus said, that ‘the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his demons’ is hell, where people will go that refuse Jesus forgiveness and eternal life. Hell was not created for people but many, many will go there, for Jesus also said.

Matthew 7:13-14

The Narrow Gate

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

 

Notice here, that is is human choice that leads to the wide road to hell. People choose it, rather than obedience and eternal life.

 

Jesus made it clear in Luke 12: “Dear friends, don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot do any more to you after that. But I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell.[a] Yes, he’s the one to fear.

The apostle Paul amplifies this thought:

2 Corinthians 5:11

Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.

What is the ‘terror of the Lord’?

I believe it is eternal judgement and damnation.

Notice who Paul was speaking to here in this text: Christians at Corinth. Some theologians attempt to state that all these warnings are only for lost people, but I disagree. Christians living immoral lives, need to fear eternal judgement:

2 Thess 1:since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Notice Gods vengeance comes not only upon the unbeliever, but also upon those who refuse to obey the good news of Jesus.

Some have said to me: This judgement teaching is legalism Chris, you do not understand the grace of God.

None of us fully understand God’s grace, we are all learning and growing in it, but Titus 2: 11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works

Grace trains us for eternity, for royal rank and privilege, not only in this life, but in Gods kingdom, forever…

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