Is it possible for believers of Jesus Christ to lose their salvation? The church of Jesus Christ is divided very much on this topic. There are plenty of Scriptural references to support both sides, and both sides have enough ammunition to blow each other up! But this topic can be understood better if we look at it through our own father/son relationship!

I just want to ask you this simple question: How many of us will really throw our kids out of the house, because they are rebellious, or because they misbehaved so badly? Even among the hard core prisoners, very few parents abandon them completely! If we who are less than perfect, are so loving to our children, how much more God will forgive, and preserve our life? God never gives up on us. The nation of Israel is a classic example. Even though, they were stiff necked and rebellious, He still kept going after them. “He never leaves us nor forsakes us” is a faithful saying!

There is a Scripture verse that gives us mixed signals. Romans 8:35-39 tells us very clearly that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Even though this verse points to eternal security, those who believe that one could lose their salvation, will contend that no external things or persons may separate us from the love of God, but the very person himself could separate himself from the love of God! Hebrew 6:4-6 suggests this possibility also. Theoretically speaking, we could lose our salvation, based on this premise.

But practically speaking, it is almost impossible! I always used to think that the only person who could lose the salvation is the one who does not want to have anything to do with Jesus anymore, and switches to some other religion. Apostasy seemed to be the only possibility. But when we see the history of Israel, we see lots of apostasy, and yet God pulled them by their ears, and chastened them to stay with Him!

For God to be God, all the options should be there on the table.God cannot be restricted or boxed in by any form of theology. There is always the remote possibility of God chasing someone away because he does not wear the appropriate robe of righteousness (the wedding banquet parable [Mathew 22:11-14]! But those who believe in eternal security will contend that this person was not saved at all to begin with!). Even though this option is available to God, He never seems to exercise it! That is why I say, theoretically yes, (one could lose their salvation.) But practically speaking, it is almost impossible! It is almost a blasphemy to think that God will abandon His beloved children who are born of His Holy Spirit, and are sealed into everlasting covenant unconditionally!

No matter what the right position is, we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling! At the same time, we must have the peace, and assurance that “He will never leave us nor forsake us! (Please read Phil 1:6). Let me conclude this tough topic with an appropriate benediction! “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion, and power, both now and ever, Amen!


Pastor's Column 
Theoretically Yes! Practically No!

by Rev. Daniel Israel
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