Is it possible to loose your salvation?

I was reminded about this earlier when I heard a well known preacher telling his audience that they where probaly not saved if they used pornography. This preacher is not the only one who has made statements like this, others has said things like «you are not saved if you smoke/drink/ or think lustful thoughts». I have even heard those who has said that when you are saved you become holy, so you will never sin again but if you do it just goes to show that you where never saved in the first place.

We all know this is not true, the Bible clearly says that we are well able to sin after salvation. It even says that if we claim we dont sin we call God a liar. So it is no getting around it, we sin even if we are a believer or not a believer. (1.John 1:8-10, Rom 7:8, Gal 3:19, 5:13-20)

Then we have a group of christians who claim what we call eternal sequrity or once saved, always saved. According to them we can never loose our salvation, no matter what happens because we never did anything to be saved in the first place. In a way they are correct, but they are also wrong.

For the bible says that it is possible to loose your salvation, and if you loose it then it is because of sin.

When you accepted Christ you knew it was impossible to be saved by your own efforts. The 10 commandments showed you how you failed in every way to live up to Gods standards. It brought you to a sense of guilt, you where guilty and deserved Gods jugdment. Then you heard the gospel, the good news that told you God had given you a sacrifice for your sins and that sacrifice was His own Son Jesus Christ. So you accepted that sacrifice by faith and believed Jesus died for your sins. At that moment you where saved, and it was by faith not by works.

Since it was not by works you could neve earn your salvation. But then you could never loose your salvation because of works. You are not saved because of something you did, but then you cant loose your salvation because of something you do. Sin cant make you loose your salvation.

At the same time we know we have a sin problem, that was the reason why Jesus came in the first place to be sacrificed for our sins so our relationship with God could be restored. So even though sin cant make you loose your salvation it is obvious you cant go on sinning.

What was it that made you choose to believe Jesus died for your sins? The 10 commandments revealed your guilt and made you realise you had failed living up to Gods standard. You had not only failed, but you where guilty of breaking His law and He would be justified in jugding you to serve an eternity in hell as punishment for your sins. Then you heard the gospel, the good news that Jesus was sacrificed for your sins. And by choosing to believe that to be true you where saved.

This has not changed after your salvation. Jesus is still the only sacrifice for your sins. And we know we dont stop sinning just because we are saved. Then it becomes easy to see that we maintain our salvation by continued faith in what Jesus did for us.

The way we are saved is the way we remain saved, faith in what Jesus did for us at the cross.

We know now that works dont earn our salvation, so works cant make us loose our salvation. But it is possible to loose your faith in what Jesus did for you at the cross. If you do you will loose your salvation.

We know we continue to sin after we are saved. God still requires a sacrifice for the sins you continue to do each and every day for the rest of your life. The only sacrifice He will accept is Jesus and His death on a cross. If the cross is not the object of your faith after your salvation there will be no longer a sacrifice for the sins you do each day. Then you will have lost your salvation.

Sadly there are not that many preachers who make sure their listeners remain saved after their salvation. Well known preachers will tell you that the way to live your life as a christian is to read your bible, tithe, pray, go to church every sunday or fast. Other preachers will tell you the purpose driven life is the key to live the victorius life as a christian, or they will use psychology as the answer on how to deal with life. The third group will preach sinless perfection or tell you to just say no to sin. They will probaly also tell you that if you are struggling with pornography, smoking, alcohol you are no longer saved.

Those preachers are no longer preaching the gospel, they are preaching a different gospel and the bible says they are cursed because of it. And the fact is, those who believe what they teach could loose their salvation because they have removed the cross as the object of their faith and replaced it with something else.

We dont loose our salvation because of something we do or dont do. If you are struggling with pornography, smoking, alcohol or any other sins you are still saved as long as your faith has the cross of Christ as the object. But we loose our salvation if we replace the cross of Christ as the object of our faith with man made things and religious duties.

If we dont have the cross of Christ as the object of our faith, we have sinned. You could live a totally clean moral life, going to church every sunday, taking communion, tithing and be a pillar of society. If the cross of Christ is not the object of your faith there is no sacrifice for your sins that God will accept and you will end up in hell because of it.

But if the cross of Christ is the object of your faith, you will remain saved even though you are not living without sin. And the best part of it all is this, God will not expect you to do something about your sin problem. If you are struggling with alcohol, pornography or any other sin God does not expect you to quit those sins. Why? You are not able to, even after salvation you are not able to stop sinning.

But He does expect you to maintain the cross of Christ as the object of your faith, because that will secure a continued sacrifice for your sins AND it will give God an open door to let grace flow into your life to give you victory over your sin problem.

So when you have stopped smoking, stopped with the pornography or any other sin and people ask you what you did, you will say «I did nothing, I just believed Jesus died for me». That brings true glory to Jesus. He becomes glorified when He sets people free from bondages and darkness.

So it is possible to loose your salvation. Not because of something you do or dont do. If you have sinned or you are struggling with sin you are still saved as long as the cross of Christ continues to be the object of your faith.

I thank you dear reader for taking the time to read todays teaching. If you need prayer or a prophecy, dont hesitate to contact me.

 

Published by Apostle Ernie apostleernie@outlook.com