|Once a Person is Saved, Can He be Lost?|
Regardless of how I feel about this question, I must let the word of God answer it.
There are many passages to choose from which address the question. I will direct your attention to one of them: Hebrews 6:1-12. Please read the entire paragraph. In fact, the whole book of Hebrews is written to help people stay faithful … not fall away … endure until the end. Hebrews is in the New Testament because there IS a danger of God’s people falling away and being lost.
Hebrews 6 addresses people who were once enlightened, have tasted the heavenly gift, have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come. Clearly these are saved people in fellowship with God. “If these fall away” it is impossible (v.4) “to renew them again to repentance since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God” (v.6). That is what God said. In verses 9-12, the writer offers words of encouragement: You can do better than that. Show diligence … until the end. Imitate those who, through faith and patience, inherit the promises.
If you have read much of the New Testament, call to mind the many, many passages that are warnings and corrections for Christians. Saints need to be diligent, endure, be steadfast, hold on, stay faithful, continue in the faith, and the like. If it is not possible to lose one’s salvation, all of these scriptures become unimportant and insignificant. If you do not remember these admonitions, just read the New Testament Letters. As you read, look for these statements. If you wish, I can give you a list of some of them.
It is certainly possible for a Christian to turn from righteousness and the Lord and lose his salvation. So, be faithful!