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Whether a Christian can lose their salvation is a hot topic heavily debated within the Christian community.
(Disclaimer: I am not a pastor, and I am trying to figure this issue out as much as the next curious Christian, you have a duty to still find out the truth for yourself).
Here is my take on it:
1 John 3:9 says No one who is born of God will continue to sin because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning because they have been born of God.
This bible verse suggests that it is not so much that people lose their salvation due to sin, but more like they weren’t saved to begin with because they chose to keep sinning.
But how about people who initially stop sinning (because they were saved), then backslide?
1 John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
But for the people who have chosen not to ask for forgiveness, but to keep wilfully sinning after gaining salvation:
Hebrews 10:26-27 says For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries.
So if you ask me whether a Christian can lose their salvation, my take on it is that a Christian who is truly saved strives to keep their salvation, and apologizes to God for their sins. Those who used to do that before, but who decide to permanently backslide, yes, to me, I think they lose their salvation. What do you think? Am I wrong?
(Father, I pray that you re-ignite the fire in each and everyone reading this right now so that their drive to keep their salvation would empower every distracting desire, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen).