Can we lose our salvation?

What does the Bible say?

Many people today speak of this matter, and even more delight to argue and debate about it; but the word of God is not up for debate – and the simple truth is, that a man who thinks that he “cannot lose his salvation” does not know what salvation is, or how to be saved at all; and that is the most important point to consider touching this matter.

SALVATION, as spoken of in the Holy Bible, is referred to in three clear tenses – past, present, and future.

A Christian:
  • has been saved from his sins, and from the power of darkness,
  • is saved from those things and walks in that salvation daily, and
  • shall be saved from the coming wrath of God upon sinners.
It is written,
“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.​”

Romans 5:8-10

Did you catch that?

Let us look at what the apostle wrote here (keeping in mind that this letter is not addressed to sinners, but to the saints [see Romans 1:7])…
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.​”
That is past tense.​
Much more then, being now justified by his blood​…”
That is present tense.
“…​we shall be saved from wrath through him.”
That is future tense.
Now again, as it is written, in the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established, the apostle wrote:
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son​…”
That is past tense.
​”…much more, being reconciled​…”
That is present tense.
​”…​we shall be saved by his life.​”
That is future tense.
So, we conclude from the scripture, that a Christian (being one who has obeyed the gospel of Christ [John 3:5, Acts 2:38] and has been saved from his sins, and is therefore a saint):
  • has been saved from his sins,
  • is presently reconciled to God, and
  • shall be saved by the life that is in Jesus Christ our Lord; if, of course, he perseveres to the end, and keeps himself unspotted from the world.
“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end…For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end.”
Hebrews 3:6,14
“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27
“For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:20
“…the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psalm 1:5
So then, can a man who has been saved “lose that salvation”? Of course not. It has already been done. He has already been saved, and that cannot be undone.
But, can a man who has been saved by the gospel of Christ lose his soul and wind up in hellfire? Absolutely; and this fact is made known repeatedly and clearly throughout the scripture, to admonish the saints of God.

“Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed, lest he fall.”
1 Corinthians 10:12
Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.​”

Ezekiel 33:12,13​
​Let us consider a parallel…
If a man were fallen into a deep and horrible pit, and could not escape, and another man stronger than he came along and pulled him out, then he hath been saved from that pit, and likely from death. He is then able to clean himself up and live his life, free from that pit. That pit hath no more power over him.
Is that then a guarantee to that man that he can never fall into a pit again, or even into that same pit?
Of course not.​
​If he falls into that same pit again, does that mean that he was never saved from it?
Of course not.
This simple parallel shows us the folly of those deceived religious men that say that a man “can never lose his salvation”…and the reason that they sound so foolish when they say such things, is that they are making manifest that they do not know what salvation is, or how to attain it by the gospel of Jesus Christ.
If this is new to you, and you would like to learn how to obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, and become a Christian, you can learn about it HERE.​
​So we can see by the scripture, that a man is saved from his sins when he obeys the gospel of Jesus Christ; and that a man cannot lose that salvation that has been given him, for it has already been done.
And, at the same time, that same man can certainly decide to return to the same darkness from whence he was saved, and lose his soul, if he so chooses.
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself,

and take up his cross, and follow me.

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?

or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels;

and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death,

till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

Matthew 16:24-28


4 Responses

  1. Important Fundamental Christian Doctrines

    We are GUILTY sinners (Romans 3:10,23; Isaiah 64:6).

    We deserve to pay for our sins in the fires of Hell (Psalm 7:11, 9:17; Romans 6:23, Revelation 20:11-15, 21:8; James 2:10; Jude 1:7; 2nd Thessalonians 1:8,9).

    Jesus shed His precious blood, dying on the cross for our sins, He was buried, and rose again 3 days later (Romans 5:8; John 3:16,17; 1st Corinthians 15:1-4; 1st John 1:7).

    It is Jesus’ precious blood that cleanses our sins away (Ephesians 1:7, 2:13; Colossians 1:14,20; Hebrews 9:22, 10:19; 1st Peter 1:18-19; 1st John 1:7; Revelation 1:5).

    Jesus never sinned, He was perfect (2nd Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15-16).

    Jesus was born of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23).

    Jesus is the Son of God and in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily (2nd Corinthians 13:14; Colossians 2:2, 9; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 1:20; Acts 17:29; 2nd John 1:3; Matthew 3:16-17; 1st Timothy 3:16).

    For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1st Timothy 2:5).

    Jesus rose bodily from the dead and was seen by many witnesses (1st Corinthians 15:6).

    It is Jesus’ blood that washes our sins away (Hebrews 9:12, 24; 12:24; 1st John 1:7; Revelation 1:5).

    Is this sound doctrine ?

    1. Greetings, dear woman, and thank you for your question.
      Yes, all of what you wrote here is the truth, except for one important point.
      WE are not all guilty sinners.
      Some of us are Christians.
      And, those of us who are Christians have been washed from our sins by the blood of Christ Jesus in baptism, and filled with his Holy Spirit; and so as we walk in the Spirit of God we are no longer sinners, but saints.
      And thanks be to God for this wonderful truth, for it is written that sinners shall not stand in the congregation of the righteous.
      The kingdom of God is for the saints.
      No sinner shall enter therein.

  2. Are you preaching that physicians & medications are witchcraft? I am a believer of 40 years and desperately want to know. I have been diagnosed with something that can be treatable with the medication they have had for a while. Without the doctor & the medication I will sink lower and lower to the point of no return. Please, where is your church? Can you call me?

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