By   •   July 5, 2007   •   Topics: ,


How big a sin do you have to commit before you lose your salvation? I know I am a Christian, but I've done some things that are really wrong, and I'm afraid God has given up on me.


I am convinced that once a person sincerely and honestly trusts Christ for his or her salvation, they become a member of God’s family forever—and nothing can change that relationship. Jesus said, “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand” (John 10:29).

Does this mean it doesn’t matter how a professing Christian lives, since they will be saved anyway? No, not at all! For one thing, if that person refuses to follow Christ and lives a life of sin, it may well mean he or she wasn’t a Christian after all. The Bible warns, “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning” (1 John 3:6). Outwardly Judas was a disciple—but inwardly his heart was rebellious and unbelieving.

In addition, sin separates us from God, and when we sin our fellowship with God is broken, and our witness for Christ is blunted. Peter stood at the fire and denied Jesus three times, and those around him must have assumed Jesus meant little to him (see Mark 14:66-72).

But listen: Peter repented, and God forgave him and restored him to usefulness. And that can happen to you. Don’t let sin hold you in its grip any longer, but repent and ask Christ to forgive you and help you—and He will. His promise is for you: “If we confess our sins, he … (will) purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

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  1. Marain says:

    Paul said if you break one part of the law, you’ve broken the whole law. There are no big sins, no little sins. All sins keep us from God unless we have the blood of Jesus Christ. God does not grade on a curve! If you can’t be perfect enough to deserve salvation, how can you stay perfect enough to keep salvation?

  2. vandra says:

    Is divorce a sin?

    1. BGEA says:

      Divorce is a departure from what God intended. It is the result of sin in the lives of one or both of the partners, and more often than not, both are to blame to some degree.

      The Bible says a husband and wife are joined as “one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). Mark 10:9 says, “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Divorce was not God’s original plan for marriage.

      Before considering divorce, exhaust every other option. Try to work things out on a personal level in humility and forgiveness (Matthew 18:21-22). Submit to counseling from a Christian marriage counselor or qualified pastor. Also consider the cost of divorce – how it will affect others and whether it will really solve any problems. Divorce can be emotionally traumatic. If necessary, consider a trial separation while searching for a solution. In a case of physical or psychological abuse, separation might be advisable.

      Divorce is not endorsed by Scripture except under limited conditions: when a spouse is guilty of sexual immorality and has no intention of seeking God’s forgiveness and being faithful to his or her spouse (Matthew 19:9), or when one partner deserts the other, especially when an unbelieving partner deserts a Christian spouse (1 Corinthians 7:15).

  3. Ron Bryant says:

    I want Jesus in my life. I want to be forgiven of my sins.

  4. Brian pitts says:

    When i was 7 i asked the lord into my heart. But growing up and then being on my own, i never grew in the lord and lived a life i shouldnt have lived. But in the last few uyears, i have returned to the church and want to grow closer to tje lord. Have i lost my salvation and has the lord given up on me? Am i still saved or am i doomed with no hope! HELP

    1. BGEA says:

      Brian, thank you for your comment. Many people have this same question. We pray that this website will guide you where you need to go:

  5. Bea warren says:

    My son was saved at a very early age. Now he is 42 and says he doesn’t believe in Jesus and salvation. He says he believes in a higher being but not like I do. He will not listen to anything I say or the scriptures. What can I do? I love my son.

  6. Naomi Jean Gray says:

    Logic would demand that one could never lose their salvation once saved always saved… however what about Mark 3:29 as well Revelation 3:5… those scriptures seems to say that God holds the right to deny anyone into heaven even if they are saved or not .. could this be true… njg<

    1. Marain says:

      No, it is not true.