Question: "Can a Christian lose salvation?" ...The Biblical Answer: "Yes."
Though no one may take it [salvation] from them [John 10:28-29]
, but for the answer of "Yes"
, here is how it [salvation] may be spurned and "cast away"
. A Christian may throw their salvation away, may cast it aside, may go back to their previous lifestyle or worse, and may freely leap from the hand of God, for God does not take away their freedom of choice from choosing to continue in Him. There is no such thing as "irresistable grace".Biblical text in evidence:
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome
, of the same is he brought in bondage. 2 Peter 2:19
For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
, they are again entangled therein
, and overcome
, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning
. 2 Peter 2:20
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness
, than, after they have known [it]
, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them
. 2 Peter 2:21
But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog [is] turned
to his own vomit again
; and the sow that was washed
to her wallowing in the mire. 2 Peter 2:22Look at the texts, consider the words.
to "have known"
: Past Tense
[as in at one point they did know the "way of righteousness"
and the "holy commandment"
], Greek: epiginōskō, to be thoroughly
acquainted with see [Matthew 11:27, as Son knoweth the Father, and likewise the Father, the Son]"after they have escaped"
: Past Tense
[as in they have completely gotten away from what they once were in the "pollutions of the world"
]. How did they "escape"? it was through "the knowledge
of the Lord
Jesus Christ". This means that they fully acknowledged Jesus as both their Lord [they obeyed him] and their Saviour [they accepted the free salvation in Christ Jesus].
Yet, the scriptures says, that "if"
[if is the complete possibility to choose to turn away from the salvation so freely offered. Should it not be possible to do so, there could be no such "if"
.] and so the scripture continues with this "if" by saying, "they are again entangled therein". What does it mean then this "again"
, but they had once been free from such entanglement and are now "again"
entangled? How can it be said "again"
unless there was at least a first time before then? For the word "again"
means "once more", "another time", "in addition", etc.
Notice the word "overcome"
. Christ Jesus says that we may "overcometh"
[temptation to sin, not in our own strength of course, but by Him through the Holy Spirit], just as He "overcame"
[every temptation] [Revelation 3:21; Hebrews 4:15], but since the scripture says that it is possible to still be "overcome"
and to fall back/away "again"
from Christ Jesus and are "again entangled"
, we can choose to refuse that "way to escape" [1 Corinthians 10:13]
offered from every temptation to sin [transgress the Law].
Notice that the "latter end"
with them than "the beginning"
. How could this be so, if they never had salvation and known
it? For the word "worse"
is something of increase
in situation, and not for the betterment, and not of the sameness as before.
Notice the words which refer to the "dog" that "turned" and "the sow that was washed". We are all sinners. How then can anyone say of the "sow that was washed" that they were never "washed", never had salvation? How then can anyone say that the "sow that was washed" is turned to "her wallowing in the mire". It was the sows choice to do so, to "turn" yet "again", though she was at one point "washed". Washed in what? The Blood of the Lamb of course.Consider still more texts:
I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me
, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch
, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast [them] into the fire, and they are burned. John 15:6
What does the word "abideth"
mean? Greek: menō which means to "remain, not depart, to keep in place, continue to be present, held, etc". Cain was offered the same salvation as Abel [Genesis 3:15], yet Cain chose to "go out from the presence of the Lord" and those like him said "depart from us". Judas, likewise, chosen by Jesus, filled with Holy Spirit, preaching, casting out devils etc, yet was "overcome" by his own choosing, and his end was worse than if he had never known the way of righteousness. King Saul [1 Samuel 10:6] is yet still another example. Filled with the Holy Spirit, chosen by God, a King, prophesying, yet, continually chose to rebel and refused to repent and eventually disregarded all of the words of the Lord, and so heeded devils and took his own life.
How can Jesus and the scriptures say that we must "abide", "continue", have "patience", have "faith", "walk with", "remain"
, etc, if we could never "lose" [cast away] our "so great salvation"
? We can never by any of our own works or merits, or law abiding ever earn or pay for our salvation [it is an utter impossibility], but we can cast away what we have once received so freely offered by Christ Jesus.Yet more scripture:
Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? Matthew 18:21
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. Matthew 18:22
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven
likened unto a certain king
, which would take account of his servants
. Matthew 18:23
And when he had begun to reckon, one
was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents
. Matthew 18:24
But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. Matthew 18:25The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him
, saying, Lord
, have patience with me
, and I will pay thee all. Matthew 18:26Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt
. Matthew 18:27
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. Matthew 18:28
And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Matthew 18:29
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. Matthew 18:30
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. Matthew 18:31
Then his lord
, after that he had called him
, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me
: Matthew 18:32Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee
? Matthew 18:33
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him
. Matthew 18:34So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses
. Matthew 18:35
Notice the words. There was a "certain King"
which would "take account of His servants"
. Whose servants
are they? Are they not the servants of the "certain King"
? Is this parable not speaking of the "Kingdom of Heaven"
? Who then is this "certain King"
if not Jesus Christ? Who then are these "servants"
Did not this servant owe a great sum of money? An amount which could never be paid, except at the cost of His Life, and everything?
What then did the "servant"
which owed do? Is it not true that this "servant fell down"
What did the "Lord of that servant"
say and do? Was He not "moved with compassion"
and "loosed him"
? Did not this "Lord"
have great mercy on His "servant", forgiveness ["forgave him the debt"
] upon him and set him free from the entire debt owed?Yet, is this the end of the parable? No, for it continues...
which had owed but then freed, did not do as His Lord had done to other servants, but instead was unmerciful. Was not this "servant"
which had owed the great sum then brough back again before the Merciful "King"
? Does not the "Lord"
call him then a "wicked servant"
whom the "Lord"
had previously "forgave all that debt"
because the "servant"
of His "Lord"
What then happened to the unmerciful debtor? He again was to pay all the debt owed, which is the "wages of sin", being the "second death".Yet more scripture [Matthew 13]:
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it
; Matthew 13:20
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while
: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended
. Matthew 13:21
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful
. Matthew 13:22
What of the parable of the sower and the seed which fell upon differing kinds of ground? Did not some fall upon the wayside and some upon the thorns? Did not some beleive for a short while, and then turned away or overcome? Does not the passage clearly say that the seed among "stony places"
was he that "heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it"
? Look at the words, "heareth"
. It means that they understood, and took the meaning to heart [with "joy receiveth it"
], yet it continues by saying, "dureth for a while"
. This person chose not to remain rooted to those things or to "abide"
until "the end" [Matthew 24:13; Mark 13:13]
. They let "tribulation"
overcome them and were then "offended"
. That which fell "among thorns"
, heard "the word"
and yet "the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word"
. Notice that by this means does this person then "become unfruitful"
. It never says that they could never bear fruit, but rather it says plainly that they could bear fruit at one point, but because of those things by which they allowed themselves to be overcome, they then became "unfruitful"
. For they were drawn away of their own lust [James 1:14]
There are many more such examples in scripture, like Ezekiel 33; Revelation ["if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book"
; see also Psalms 69:28], the "I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent"
, etc. Paul, himself, speaks on the subject many times:
But I keep under my body, and bring [it] into subjection
: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway
. 1 Corinthians 9:27
We must "walk in the Light, even as He is in the Light", we mus "keep [his] saying", etc:Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. 1 John 2:24