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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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9 Comments

  1. Joey Hime says:

    Can you explain John 15:9-10 . It seems to be saying that obedience to Jesus’s commands are a requirement to not being separated ( “remaining in” ) His love .

    1. Christs Legions says:

      Matthew 7:22 (NASB) says, “Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many [n]miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

      If someone performs miracles in Jesus name you would probably consider them a saved christian right? But it says “depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.” This tells me that this person will not enter into the kingdom of heaven because he didn’t obey God’s word or commandments.

      This tells me you CAN lose your salvation. We must always confess our sins. 1 John 1:8-10,

      Yes John 15:9-10 was not in vain. Jesus gave us commandments for a reason!

  2. debra says:

    I’m looking forward to reading more about .salvation

  3. zach wyatt says:

    Is it possible to be a carnal christian and still be saved?

  4. Sequoia Cougar says:

    When you commit your life to Christ, this means that you’ve committed to him lock stock and barrel. You will WANT to cease the WANT to walk in worldly ways. BUT, we are sinners, and weak, and God knows this. If we fall which we all do, we need to really REPENT honestly and WORK at not repeating our sin. God knows our hearts. BUT we can lose our salvation if we turn and reject Him. We also can lose our salvation because it is our choice to not keep working at perfecting our commitment. For the more we don’t try the easier it is for satan to work his will upon us, and the easier it is to go back to the worldly ways. This leads to turning our back on Christ, and eternal death!

  5. Daisy says:

    I think that becoming a Christian (a Child of God) is a three-fold process. It begins with RESPONDING to the call of repentence. God sends people in your life to help you identify your need for him and to recognize that your sinful choices are condeming you to a life of misery and eternal separation from God. You earnestly and sincerely INVITE Jesus to come into your heart and to apply his blood to your sins (past/present/future). You RECEIVE his grace/forgiveness and you obey all of his commands. The greatest (and his first) command is to love him with all of your heart; soul; strength & mind. Next, be baptized to seal your salvation; and to affirm that you have buried your sinful nature and are written into the book of life!

  6. fiona akhidime says:

    Jesus is Lord

  7. RO says:

    I have always believed in God, His Son and the Holy Spirit. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was 8 years old. I know my life has not been the best but was wondering can a person have head knowledge and not have Christ as their savior?

    1. Pat Hicks says:

      I know your post is old, but I pray that somehow you will see what I am writing. Yes, you definitely can have head knowledge of Jesus and not have Him in your heart. There is an old saying that says, “You can miss Heaven by 18 inches; the distance between your head and your heart.” The only way you can be saved, is for the Holy Spirit to convict you of your sins. It has to speak to your heart and tell you that you are lost in your sins and that your only way to salvation is through the blood that Jesus shed on the cross of Calvary. You must then ask Jesus to save you from your sins, to cover them with His blood. Let Him know you accept Him as your Savior, that you believe He died for your sins, was buried and resurrected. Repent and be baptized.