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Can a Christian lose his salvation?

Can a Christian lose his salvation?

No, a true Christian cannot lose his salvation. Whoever believes in Jesus, repents of their sins and lets Jesus into their life is saved, even if they commit sins later. But that doesn't mean we can sin at will without consequences.

What is salvation?

If a person needs to be saved, it is because they are in trouble. If you are drowning at sea, you need someone to save you. In the same way, those who still don't have Jesus are trapped in their sins and cannot get out without help. Jesus is the “lifesaver”, He died and rose again to free us.

The Bible says that when you accept Jesus as your savior:

  • You have been saved – you are no longer a slave to sin and no longer need to be afraid of going to Hell; you stopped drowning, the lifeguard is holding you (Romans 8:1-2).

  • You are being saved – Jesus begins to deal with your daily life, change your attitudes and free you from habits that are sin; it is a process of sanctification; your lifeguard is taking you to the beach (2 Corinthians 3:18).

  • You will be saved – on the day of Judgment you will go to Heaven and be perfected, completely free from sin; When you reach the beach, you will be safe, free from the force of the water (Romans 8:23).

Yes, salvation is a process and a goal to reach, but you are also saved as soon as you convert. This may seem strange, but God sees time differently than we do. NOTHING can separate us from God (Romans 8:38-39). Those who are saved do not need to be afraid of losing their salvation.

Doesn't anyone who goes astray lose their salvation?

You can be saved and still sin. Those who are saved have rejected sin, but there are sins that take time and work to leave behind. This is part of the sanctification process .

The devil, who has already lost you, tries to cause maximum damage, to hinder this process of sanctification, doing everything to make your life worse and prevent you from reaching your maximum potential in Christ.

There we talk about a spiritual battle . You may be saved, but if you don't resist the devil and turn from sin, you won't know the blessings that Jesus has for you here on earth, before you go to Heaven (James 4:7-8).

If you have sinned, repent, ask God for forgiveness and try to live better, with the help of Jesus. God's forgiveness is always available to those who repent. The only situation in which it may be possible to lose salvation is when a person deliberately rejects the gospel, choosing to have nothing to do with Jesus and refusing to repent. But in this situation, it is difficult to say whether the person was actually saved before.

There are many people who have a genuine experience with Jesus but then abandon the gospel. This often happens because they have not truly understood what salvation is and what it entails in their lives. As Jesus explained in the parable of the sower (Luke 8:13-15), have no root, their desire to follow Christ was only an impulse based on romantic feelings, not a serious commitment to overcome all obstacles with the help of Jesus.

When you truly understand that there is no better way than following Christ, you may waver and have crises of faith, but you will not abandon Him.

We cannot know all the reasons why someone might leave the gospel or doubt their decision, but we need to remember that God forgives us and loves us . Regardless of what leads them to give up following Jesus, we must pray for that person, so that they return to Him, making a serious decision.

To better understand what Jesus said on this subject, read on.Luke 8 the parable of the sower.

Calvinism, Arminianism, Pelagianism and the Bible

Throughout history, several different positions have emerged regarding the possibility of losing one's salvation. The three main positions are:

  • Calvinism - which teaches that a true Christian, saved by Jesus, cannot lose his salvation

  • Arminianism - which says that the Bible is not very clear on the subject, so we cannot take a definitive position, neither on one side nor on the other

  • Pelagianism - which states that it is possible to lose our salvation, so we need to stop sinning

Pelagianism is considered a heresy by most churches, because it teaches that salvation depends on our works, not on faith in God's grace, through Jesus' sacrifice. Calvinism and Arminianism are the two most common positions among Protestants.

However, the Bible never talks about "losing your salvation." It just says that some people have an experience with Jesus but then choose to reject the gospel (Hebrews 6:4-6).

But, for everyone who has their heart turned to God and seeks to follow Jesus, there is no need to be afraid of losing their salvation (Hebrews 10:39).

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