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Can a person be saved more than once?


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Some people who truly repent of their sin and receive Jesus as their Savior and Lord fall into sin and then feel that they must be saved all over again. This is not the case. The Bible says, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One” (1 John 2:1). Also, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Mr. Graham has said, “Christian conversion is the transformation which we experience when we are born of God. Since one is not born over and over again, we must think of Christian development in two phases: birth and growth. A child, for example, is born once. True, he falls down many times, but when he falls he doesn’t need to be born again. His falls, his bumps and bruises are all part of growing. So it is in the Christian life. Birth is sudden, once and for all, but development is the work of an entire lifetime. We can be converted in a moment: the precise moment that we accept Christ. But it takes a lot of prayer, Bible reading, church-going, and Christian service to make a mature Christian.”

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9 Comments

  1. Richard Reese says:

    Franklin…my wife and I will be eternally grateful for your father’s commitment and consistency. We met him in 1999 and will never forget his encouragement. Be strong in the Lord, Franklin, as we pray for your good work in His name!

  2. Michael Hinkle says:

    I was saved in 1982 and was baptised. I have sinned against God for some stupid things I have gotten into. Now not sure if I’m reaaly saved. Not sure what to do. I feel quilty for what I have done. I did not break the law but commit adultry. I thought of asking God to forgive me and I want make sure I am saved and go to heaven. I am near retirement and have chnaged my life to be faithful to others and study the bible.

  3. Melissa VanOstrand says:

    I am crushed by the comment of a mentor friend who texts a daily message to about 80 people. He said he doesn’t believe in once saved always saved. Then he said I don’t want to debate this with anyone. I’m a new Christian. I blocked him from further texts. Please pray for me to know the truth even from so called ‘Christians’. Thank you and God bless

  4. ImaJean says:

    so is this saying once saved always saved?

  5. Carolyn Joiner says:

    Upon dwelling on things I’ve done in my lifetime after Christ saved me, I find myself questioning how GOD can overlook my early life, even though I’ve asked for forgiveness. Thank you for this.

  6. douglas welch says:

    amen

  7. Kim Hanline says:

    Thank you I was told you had to be saved again if you fall out of the church now I know that I have to repent.

  8. Joe McCullough says:

    Thank you , for explaining the word of God too me more clearer

    1. Joe McCullough says:

      Thank you for explaining too me , more clearer in Gods word. And may God continue to bless the ministries.