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Q:

Once a person decides to follow Jesus, can they lose their salvation later on if they commit a major sin? We've been discussing this in our Bible class, and I'm not sure what to think.


A:

Only God knows if someone has truly and sincerely repented of their sins and given their life to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, but if they have, they now belong to Him forever, and their salvation is secure. The Bible says that nothing “will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).

Remember: When we come to Christ, He comes to live within us by His Spirit — and He will never depart from us. And when we come to Him, God adopts us into His family and we become His children — and He’ll never disown us or disinherit us. If He did reject us, it would mean our salvation depends on how good we are. But we can never be good enough, for God’s standard is perfection. Our salvation depends solely on Christ, Who died to take away all our sins.

Does this mean it doesn’t matter how we live? Absolutely not! If we live sinful lives, it may well mean that we haven’t given ourselves to Christ after all, and we’ve even deceived ourselves into thinking we are saved when we really aren’t. The Bible warns, “As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead” (James 2:26).

Make sure of your commitment to Jesus Christ, both as your Savior and as your Lord. Then thank Him that you now belong to Him forever — and ask Him to help you live a life that reflects His love and purity every day.

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45 Comments

  1. John Lategan says:

    I was a prodigal son
    I was a born again believer
    But I left my Father and wasted my inheritance on the flesh
    I stopped going to church
    I stopped reading my Bible
    I stopped praying
    My faith died
    But the Lord rescued me and brought me to my senses
    I returned to my Father
    I was dead but am alive again

  2. Marilyn says:

    Thank you BGEA for the explanation on this. I needed to understand it too. To Christine and Tonya on your comments, I will keep you both in my prayers. Keep me in yours also as I struggle with overcoming an addiction too, to a person.

  3. Anon says:

    My son is experiencing gay feelings. Please pray a change of heart. He was raised in a Christian home and knows it’s sin.

  4. tom says:

    God bless you for making it so clear. I used to think different, but now I see the truth.

  5. Christine says:

    I gave my life to Jesus in 1992 & fell in love with Him. I am so afraid I will lose my salvation based on what a pastor said. I have a boyfriend who said when we began dating he wants to marry me, now I know he never will. I’m still living with him but not intimate. I’ve asked God for forgiveness but have no place to go. I’m scared I will be separated from Jesus for eternity. I’ve prayed for a way out. I was told to end the relationship or marry him, which he doesn’t want. Have I lost my salvation? My heart is so heavy thinking I won’t be with Jesus. I feel lost and confused. Is God still with me?

    1. Tina says:

      Christine, please do not be afraid. God is at work in you! This conviction you have is a sign He is with you! Take heart and know that God will direct you in the way that you should go and He will open a door of escape from sin. Take heart! Ask God to show you the way to go and a heartbeat of obedience! Psalm 25

  6. Tonya Jahn says:

    Please pray for me, I have given in to my addiction and I am struggling to quit. I love the Lord and I feel as though I have failed him. I do not want to continue this way and I need him. I have in the past tried to get clean but it wasn’t until I got saved that I was able to. I don’t know how I ended up back in this spot but it hurts me that I’m hurting God.

    1. BGEA says:

      Tonya,

      Just prayed for you. Here is a link to help with quitting an addiction: https://goingfarther.net/life-issues/addiction/

      God bless! -BGEA Team

  7. Sizile says:

    John 3:16 tells us that we are given grace because God loves us, Jesus is love, when you have received Him you will have love. 1 Corinthians 13, if we have not love, we are nothing. The Bible says we must forgive so that we can be forgiven, only love can lead us to forgive, 1 Peter 4:8.