If You Believe Salvation Can Be Lost—You Need To Get Saved

 by David J. Stewart | January 2016

       1st Corinthians 5:5, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.”

       If saved, always saved! This is completely Biblical. Once a man is a born-again child of God's family, you can never forfeit that gift. You cannot return the gift of eternal life, anymore than you could return your physical earthly life. Once saved always saved. Our salvation is secure, sealed and safe in the PROMISES of God to save them that BELIEVE (1st Corinthians 1:21). Colossians 1:18, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”

The Holy Bible plainly teaches that eternal life is a free gift from God, available to anyone who receives it by faith in the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (1st Corinthians 15:1-4; Mark 1:15; Philippians 3:9). Since salvation depends solely upon God's faithfulness, and not man's faithfulness, we can KNOW that we are 100% saved. It is heresy to teach that salvation can be lost.

People who believe that salvation can be lost are not saved, because they believe that man has a part in keeping his own eternal life. How can a man lose that which was not his to give in the first place? How can a Christian lose by bad works, a salvation which was never obtainable by good works? There is a satanic mindset of human effort plus partial faith in Christ behind the false teaching that salvation can be lost. Assemblies Of God, Pentecostals, Seventh-day Adventists and numerous other religious groups believe and teach that salvation can be lost. The problem is that many people are confused, so they wrest (twist) the Words of God, corrupting the truth and damning their own souls to the Lake of Fire (2nd Peter 3:16). IF SAVED, ALWAYS SAVED!!!

Every Believer is Eternally Secure in the Father's Hands

The following precious PROMISE from God is clear evidence that every believer is 100% safe and secure in their salvation. If the Lord didn't mean what He said, then He would be a liar and a deceiver like the Devil; but Jesus said what He meant, and meant what He said, and you can count on Jesus. John 10:27-29, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.” What a beautiful promise from the Lord.

John 3:16-18, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

The Scriptures are very clear that trusting Jesus Christ is the only way to obtain eternal life. Specifically, trusting Christ's death upon the cross for our sins, His burial, and His bodily resurrection from the dead three days later (1st Corinthians 15:1-4). This is “the Gospel”—the Good News of Christ's death on the cross for our sins, His burial and bodily resurrection the third day. Believe it, Oh sinner, and the work is done! John 6:28-29, “Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.”

The Indwelling Holy Spirit is the Evidence of Being Saved

There's not one Scripture in the Bible which teaches that eternal life can be gained and then lost. Rather, we are taught to examine our own selves and make sure that we have been born-again by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. 2nd Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?” The test to determine whether you're saved or not is the presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit. 1st John 3:24, “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” This is why the Epistle of 1st John was written. 1st John 5:13, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” The Holy Bible never tells us to check if we've lost our salvation; but rather, to make sure that we are saved.

God PROMISES never to forsake nor leave His children. This promise does not apply to the unsaved person, i.e., Christ-rejecters, who have no right to claim God's promises made to the believer. If you are a born-again Christian, God promises never to abandon you, regardless of how you live. This does not mean it is ok to commit sin (Romans 3:31), it just means that salvation is a free gift that is not conditioned upon our behavior. Hebrews 13:5, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” I love that! God could not keep this PROMISE if it were only conditional upon a believer's behavior and faithfulness to God. If you are a child of God, you can never be disowned from your heavenly family!

1st Corinthians 5:5

In 1st Corinthians 5:1-5 the Bible tells us about a man and woman in the church of Corinth who were shacking-up in an immoral relationship. The woman had sexual relations with both the man and his father. The pastor of the church wasn't preaching against sin from the pulpit. The congregation didn't have a problem with open sin in the church. They were puffed up with pride, and not humble in remorse over sin (1st Corinthians 5:2). Consequently (as with churches today who welcome same-sex couples as respectable members), wickedness was tolerated in the church. Certainly, we are all woeful sinners, and church is a hospital for sinners; but we must never embrace sin, rolling out a welcome mat for defiant sinners who mock God and parade their wickedness. God pity today's Presbyterian churches who now support homosexual marriages.

The Apostle Paul heard about this awful situation in Corinth, even from a distant city where he was laboring for the Lord. So Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and told them to deal with the problem, asking the adulterous couple to leave. But please notice what Paul says in 1st Corinthians 5:5, “To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. This passage of Scripture, amongst many others, evidences that salvation cannot be lost once a person is born-again.

I witnessed to a Seventh-day Adventist this week, who said that he believes salvation can be lost. He said that a person was free to give eternal life back to God, just as they are free to receive it. That is false teaching, totally unbiblical. Eternal life is non-returnable my friend. It would be impossible for anyone to undo the physical birth. You could commit suicide, or murder a child growing in the womb, but human life is irreversible. Once conception happens, life exists and can only be destroyed, not undone. Likewise, the spiritual birth, or the second birth (aka, being “born-again”) cannot be undone. Once you receive Jesus Christ, the Son of God, as your personal Savior, by believing that He died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and three days later resurrected from the dead, you are saved forever!!!

The man in 1st Corinthians 5:1-5 was saved. Paul didn't say he would go to Hell, nor lose his salvation. Paul said to give him over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, but in the day of the Lord Jesus (the Rapture), his spirit would be saved. Ecclesiastes 12:7 teaches that the human spirit returns to God, Who gave it in the first place, upon death. This Scripture in 1st Corinthians 5:5 proves that salvation cannot be lost. If salvation could be lost by gross immorality, then this man certainly would have lost it, but he didn't.

A Gift Cannot Be Forfeited

If I give you a gift, I cannot take it back for any reason. If I ever try to reclaim that which I gave you as a gift, then it was never truly a “gift.” We live in such a dishonest nation today. Nearly every business engages in shady advertising, unethical fine print, and legal disclaimers hidden from plain site. It is deceptive in every way. I hate such dishonest ways, and so does the Lord Jesus Christ. Companies often use manipulative, bold, alluring, colorful, attractive, advertising to promote their service or product, but don't tell you the unpleasant details that likely would deter you from doing business with them. This is a form of lying, withholding information, or hiding it from view. This is ungodliness, for which God will judge such people! It is sinful to trick, deceive and manipulate other people. If I owned a company, I would never manipulate people. If I couldn't remain competitive without resorting to borderline fraud, deception and shady tactics, I'd gladly go out of business.

I remember seeing a commercial years ago, luring people to open a new account at a local bank. The business promised to give a “gift” to anyone who opened a new bank account. May I say, they don't know what a “gift” means, because if I have to open a new account to receive the gift, it couldn't truly be a gift. It would be a reward, not a gift. This is why I am the sworn enemy of the heresy of Lordship Salvation, which requires people to forsake intentional sinful behavior to be saved. That would be a reward, not a gift. Again, most people don't understand how God's plan of salvation for man works, so they teach all kinds of heresies instead.

Eternal life is a gift, a gift, a gift!!! Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Notice that Christians are created in Christ Jesus UNTO GOOD WORKS, not by good works! Salvation is received, not achieved. God only saves those who are trusting to be saved, not those who are trying to be saved. Lordship Salvation is of the Devil, and anyone who teaches it is a false prophet!

God's gift of eternal life was paid for in full by the sacrifice of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. 1st Peter 1:18-19, “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

Reformation Is Not Regeneration

In her heretical book titled, STEPS TO CHRIST, Seventh-day Adventist false prophetess Ellen G. White ignorantly states. ...

“The change of heart by which we become children of God is in the Bible spoken of as birth.

SOURCE: Ellen G. White; Book: Steps To Christ; Chapter: Growing Up Into Christ, pg. 48.

My friend, that is a lie of the Devil. Being “born-again” does not mean having “a change of heart.” In Matthew 27:3 we read that Judas Iscariot “repented” (i.e., had a change of heart, felt remorse), which compelled him to return the 30 pieces of silver by which he betrayed the only begotten Son of God. When the Pharisees refused the blood money, Judas cast the coins onto the floor and ran away. Judas then went and hung himself, committing suicide. This was one of Jesus' very Apostles. It is so sad and tragic indeed! My point is that Judas had a change of heart, but that didn't make him saved.

Being born-again is a supernatural miracle of God in responsive to a person's faith in the Gospel alone for salvation. 1st Peter 1:23, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” Ellen White falsely teaches that salvation is a process. I'll say it again, and again, no one becomes a child of God by having your heart changed. Being born-again means being regenerated by the Holy Spirit of God (1st Corinthians 3:16-17; Romans 8:9). 1st John 3:24b, “And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.” The moment that a person believes the Gospel, they are reborn by the Holy Spirit of God. It has NOTHING to do with a change of heart, change of priorities, or surrendering to Christ's Lordship. END

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They'll hurt you. And you don't want to keep your eyes on yourself, because you'll feel inadequate,
like a loser and a failure. Keep your eyes on Jesus!)

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(a quote by Dr. Jack Hyles classic MP3 sermon, “The Happiest Man” (happiest is the man who will not impute sin to others!)

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