Can you lose your salvation?

salvationRapp Report episode 165

Have you ever wrestled with the question, “Can I lose my salvation?” If so, this is one episode that’s worth another listen as Andrew and Bud discuss it. The question of whether or not you are “saved” is one that has been debated for centuries. Some believe it is possible to lose your salvation, others do not think so as long as you remain faithful throughout the rest of your life and repent when necessary, while some simply deny such a notion altogether but instead promote eternal security.

The first thing to keep in mind is that the Bible never says you can lose your salvation. It does not say it cannot be lost, but rather there are no verses which state this as a possibility for those who have accepted Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on their behalf and follow Him faithfully throughout life (and repent when necessary).

To understand the answer to the question, one must understand the nature of salvation. In the Bible, salvation is a free gift of God’s grace. It cannot be earned or lost but it can only come through faith in Jesus Christ who died on our behalf and rose again for us to have eternal life with Him (John 14:26). This means that we are saved by what He has done not because there was something inherently good about you that made this happen; rather your belief alone saves you from sin as well death itself!


Twelve Tests of Assurance (John MacArthur)

  1. Do you enjoy fellowship with Christ and His people? 1 John 1:3

  2. Are you sensitive to sin? 1 John 1:9

  3. Do you hate the world and its evil? 1 John 2:15

  4. Are you obedient to God’s Word? 1 John 2:3

  5. Do you love Jesus Christ with an unusual love? 1 John 3:2

  6. Do you see a decreasing pattern of sin in your life? 1 John 3:5

  7. Do you sacrificially love other Christians? 1 John 3:14

  8. Do you experience answered prayer? 1 John 3:22

  9. Do you experience the inner working of the Holy Spirit? 1 John 3:24, 4:13

  10. Do you discern between spiritual truth and error? 1 John 4

  11. Do you believe Scripture? 1 John 5:1

  12. Have you been attacked, persecuted, for the truth? Phil 1: 28

Resources mentioned:

Does Hebrews 6 Teach that You Can Lose Your Salvation?

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