Can I Lose My Salvation?

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A question has arisen several times lately so I have decided it’s time to discuss it.
Question: Can I lose my salvation?
Answer: A true believer, meaning someone who is one with Christ, can not lose salvation.

Establishing that one is a true believer is important to understand because if not then of course loss of salvation does not apply one way or the other because it has not been obtained yet. These Scripture verses helped me nail down my own salvation: The whole book of 1 John is pretty clear about who is a believer and who is not and John 10 gives a good picture of Jesus as Shepherd and believers as His sheep.

Understand in 1 John when he speaks of “the one who believes does not continue to sin” he means sinning as a way of life, meaning this is the pattern. Of course we cannot judge the motives of another’s heart and we do not know why someone may be sucked in by addictions and such, so read these verses in examination of your own salvation. Search your own heart and motives.

Proof from Scripture that we cannot lose our salvation: 1 John 5:18-20, John 10:25-30. Both of these passages are clear about what true salvation is and that we are secure in salvation once we receive it.

Romans 8:38-39 promises us that nothing can cause God to stop loving us once we are His children. Nothing!

Some say if we hold to the doctrine of eternal security we will be prone to “have a license to sin.” However I disagree with this belief because it is obvious to me that anyone who lives under the belief that God’s grace and salvation is given as a gift and is permanent, knows that we live for Him out of our love for Him. We love because He first loved us. The understanding of God’s great love for me draws me  into an intimate, close relationship of trust with Him. Out of this relationship flows a love that causes me to WANT to live for God, not sin because I can. It is exactly the opposite of what the followers of the doctrine that one can lose salvation describes it to be. Even the Apostle Paul had something to say about this in Romans 6:2-6. Read it.

I hope this has answered some of your questions. Please feel free to post comments or ask questions. Email me anytime at



  1. You know part of my story, so you might assume I’ve struggled with this very question… and you would be right. I have come to the same conclusion, but not without wrestling. Unfortunately the stuggle was not with God but with a liar and the father of lies… I do also think your first point is critical. To KNOW you are a Christ-follower is critical. I am scared that some folks think they have a “ticket to heaven” because they “walked the aisle” during VBS when they were 7 years old (like me). There is something to be said for fruit on the vine after years of walking this earth… These years are like vapors. I pray some of mine count for much. You have a way with postsing things that touch me just at the right time! Thanks again…

    • I agree totally. I walked the aisle because my friend did when I was about 8 and I know now I did not accept Christ until I was 21 years old. it is so important to know for sure. Hey when will you be ready to guest post again?

  2. Julie:

    Very good post, and one that I believe many Christians should read.

    God Bless…


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