Can a Born-again Believer Lose His or Her Salvation?

One of the most sensitive topics Christians have been argued about for decades is: Can a Born Again Believer Lose Salvation, or Are We Once Saved Always Saved?

The bible does not say nowhere that a believer can lose his/her salvation. John 10:28 (NKJV) says: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand”. John 3:36 says: “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.

By accepting Christ as our savior, we are being:

1- Regenerated or transformed from a state of spiritual death to spiritual life (John 3:5, 10:10,28; 1 John 5:11-12)

2- Justified (God declares US righteous) in the righteousness of Christ (Romans 3:21-26)

3- Freed from sin meaning that “Our sins are forgiven” (Romans 6:2-14). Based on all these, a born again believer cannot lose HIS/HER salvation because God always keeps his promise.

 However, we must not forget what apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new”. This verse is in perfect relation with what stated above about the believer being Regenerated, Justified, and Freed by the blood of Jesus.

The question now is: Is being saved a free pass to a sinful life style? How do we know that we are truly saved if there is no real repentance and conversion?  How do we know that we are saved if we continue to live the same life style we used to live?

This does not mean that we should or we will be perfect. The bible acknowledges that in 1 John 1:8 (NKJV) “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us”.

We are human. As long as we are on this earth, we will always struggle against temptation and eventually sin against the holy spirit. Jesus knew that, that’s why he taught His disciples to pray “Forgive us our sins … And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Luke 11:4, Matthew 6:13).

To sum up, just because we sin does not mean we are no longer God’s children. When we sin, he is always ready to forgive us, and we need to turn to Him immediately. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness”. No, a born again believer cannot lose HIS/HER salvation, however being saved IS NOT A FREE PASS TO A SINFUL LIFE.

Marc Andre Jean

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