Once Saved, Always Saved?

This section is from a previous blog, but I thought it was worth making its own.

Is is possible to lose your salvation?

The 3 biggest issues brought up were: 1) Is is possible to have a true conversion to Christ and subsequently change your mind and reject Christ? 2) If it is not possible, how can we explain verses like Hebrews 6:4-6, “For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift and shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the son of god to their own harm and holding him up in contempt.” 3) Does this question truly matter if both sides agree from a practical standpoint?

It was argued that if Christ had truly converted someone to himself, that person would never be able to leave him (the idea of perseverance of the saints). It could be that the person who seems to fall away was never truly in relationship with Christ to begin with and therefore could leave the relationship because it was never really a relationship. Conversely, it was argued that in light of the verse above, it seems that people can in fact share in the Holy Spirit and then fall away. Why couldn’t someone choose no longer to be in relationship with Christ and therefore cease to be “in Christ”? This would seem to result in a loss of their salvation.

The final thought discussed comes from Paul’s exclamation immediately after his statement about groups or individuals being “broken off,” when he says that no one can understand the mind of God. Could it be that since we will never be able to understand this completely, we should focus on how salvation works practically more than theologically? In both viewpoints, there is a moment of repentance and then a continual relationship with the Lord in order to have salvation. Is is possible that understanding this is the most important aspect of salvation and that we ought to leave the decisions about the loss of salvation in God’s hands?

Thoughts? Disagreement? Agreement?

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3 responses to “Once Saved, Always Saved?

  1. I am of the opinion that yes in fact there can be a falling away. I have seen this in many of my closest family members. I also would say that based on scripture that if they “passed on” in their current state of ….whats the right word … backsliding they would not enter the kingdom of heaven. I do think that God is always waiting with open arms for the heart of the truly repentant. I guess it is best to be sure that Our own relationship with God is on the right track and then we have no need to worry 🙂

    • Jessica,

      I totally agree. I think when it comes down to it, the most important thing is how we live our lives in relation to God. Nobody will ever know for sure if we can lose our salvation, but why take a chance?!

  2. Melva: When you turn your back on your husband/God and get a divorce, are you still married to him/God? It takes a relationship with someone/God to make it work and if you don’t have that, what do you have? Nothing, in my opinion.

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