Can A Christian Lose Salvation? What If You Deny Jesus to a Terrorist? Online Bible Lessons
If there is one thing that pains me it’s the legalist gospel message that teaches believers that they can lose their salvation. Jesus said my yoke is easy and my burden is light, and I can tell you there is nothing easy or light about fearing moment by moment that God might strip you of your salvation. We are saved by faith, not by works, not words, not law.
If you could lose your salvation what would you have to do to lose it? What could cause it? Sin would cause it. And what did Jesus do about your sin? He died for them. He forgave them. He washed them. How little confidence is there in Christ when we think our sin is bigger than the cleansing power of His blood?
The reality is nothing can take your salvation.
[Rom 8:38-39] For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If you think you can lose your salvation, and you’re doing something to keep it, that’s called justification by works, and it’s not the gospel. It’s a lie. You are saved by faith alone.
Hebrews 7:25 tells us “Therefore He is able also to save FOREVER those who draw near to God through Him, since He ALWAYS lives to make intercession for them”.
So God can save us completely because He lives forever, not because you sin less.
I find it interesting that the same legalist that teach this doctrine of losing salvation will insist that God hates divorce, and then they turn right around and say that we, as the bride of Christ, might sin one too many times and God will divorce us and we will lose our salvation. Do we not see the contradiction here?
Romans 11:29 tells us that the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. That means they won’t be taken away. We have been sealed to the day of redemption and our salvation is unshakable.
It would be impossible to live the Christian life if we thought at any moment God might change His mind. We’d live in fear moment by moment, and 1 John 4:18 tells us “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
Consider this too – God calls us to forgive others as He forgave us. Well, what if God only forgave us to a certain point? You see God has completely forgiven every sin the believer has or will over commit and He wants us to do the same, to the ability that we can. Jesus said in Matthew 18:22 to forgive 70 x 7. In other words keep forgiving. He tells us to do that because that’s the measure of forgiveness He has given to us.
Be careful not to let the legalist take your confidence in the blood of Christ because they’ll be quick to call total forgiveness a hyper grace message. We do not condone a life of sin, but rather we encourage believers to avoid it. Sin stinks, and it never fulfills. Nonetheless 1 John 2:1tells us this, “I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
That’s right, God Himself is our advocate. He defends you. He calls you innocent. And keeps doing it for you as long as He needs to.
Romans 5:20 tells us “where sin increased, grace abounded all the more”. So how in the world do we get a doctrine of one too many sins and Gods forgiveness is null and void. It’s not the gospel.
Some people are quick to pull out a verse from Hebrews, such as Hebrews 10:26 which says “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins” , and the problem is they don’t understand who the audience is. This willful sin is referring to the sin of unbelief. In fact the first 10 chapters of Hebrews pretty much never mentions any kid of sin expect the sin of unbelief. No mention of lying, adultery, murder, or any other commandments. That’s because this book is written to Jewish people who are were all about the law for their righteousness, and now they have heard the gospel (received the knowledge of Christ as Savior), but have rejected Jesus as the life, the truth, and the only way to the father, and instead have returned to law as their way of obtaining righteousness. Jesus was the only acceptable sacrifice for sin and therefore if you willfully chose not to believe and refuse Christ there no longer remains a sacrifice for sin. This is not losing salvation. This is about never having it in the first place.
Some might ask “what if you get the mark of the beast as seen in Revelation 13?”. This passage talks about a day when you would pretty much would not able to eat or live without this mark. We are told not to get this mark and I personally would refuse it, but there is not a single verse that says you would lose your salvation if you did. There is no tattoo, computer chip, or mark that can reverse what Jesus did and the guys that teach this are way off base and building their own doctrine on personal assumptions and will do anything they can to find some parable and twist it all to pieces until it fits there man made theology.
I have no doubt there will be some believers that will take this mark. Some out overwhelming fear and some because they don’t even know about this verse in Revelation 13. But even still, you can’t undo what Jesus did to your heart. You are saved by faith, not bravery, and you certainly can’t teach that faith is void if you have ignorance about a verse or get threatened by some lunatic and an uncontrollable fear causes you to do something that is not consistent with your new heart, which by the way Christ abides in.
And this leads me to one last thought. I have seen many news stories about terrorists beheading Christians in some countries or walking into a school and asking people to deny Jesus or die. It breaks my heart that religion has believers thinking that God would revoke their salvation if they give in to these evil men with their words. False religious teaching puts them in fear that their words might override their hearts and place them in hell for eternity and consequently many of these children of God have left behind wives, husbands, and little children. This happens because somewhere along the line they were miss-taught verses like Matthew 10:33 saying “But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father”. This verse in Matthew is talking about truly denying Jesus in unbelief. It is the only unforgivable sin, and this it’s not about words. It’s about a heart condition.
Do you remember what Peter did three times when he was afraid of what the people might do to him if he said he knew Jesus? He denied Jesus three times. Where do you think he is today? I submit to you that even though his fear caused him to use words that were not from his heart, his faith overruled his words and now he is with the father in heaven.
On a final note to close this thought. The legalist, rightfully so, are quick to say that it doesn’t matter what you say with your mouth, if you don’t really believe with your heart then you won’t be saved. I agree. With that said, how is that they can make that claim for getting saved and then turn around and change the rules when it comes to staying saved? The answer is simple. They are wrong. God remains faithful when we are unfaithful. God will never leave us or forsake us. Brothers and sisters, if you are a believer in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus then you are sealed and your words or struggles with sin can’t change that.
I leave you with Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.