Audio Length 47:32
“Can You Lose Your Salvation?” (Introduction)
The answer to this question is yes. The Word of God never teaches, once saved, always saved, no matter what. One of the most believed false doctrine of the western civilization. There are a lot of key words that proves this to be true doctrine. Such as: “Abide;” “Continue;” “Obey;” “Hold Firm;” “Watch out;” “Watch closely.” Which we will obviously study. There is so much to say in this intro before we begin, so please bear with me and the Lord Jesus, the Christ, The Son of God, and of His Holy Spirit. Because this message is truly near and dear to the Lord’s Heart. This false doctrine of “once you gave your heart to the Lord Jesus, you will always be saved, no matter what you ,or, I do. And you cannot loose your salvation in Him. This doctrine will destroy you. And it has destroyed many people of the world. This false teaching preys on humanities ignorance of the true Holy Word of God. This false doctrine give false sense of security, and false hopes.
Now, I don’t mean to alarm anyone, but we should really take a hard, closer look, and to know what the Word of God really teaches, that many of us do skimp over. We should really take a hard look at our selves in the mirror, and that mirror is the Word of God, and really examine what we really believe, and what we have just taken someone else’s word for it. It could be possible that a lot of doctrine we have just taken some ones word for, can be false, dangerous doctrine or teachings. This subject needs to be addressed in these critical last days. For there are many false teacher’s and the Word of God does warn us about them in: 2 Peter 2; and 1 Timothy 6:3-10.
Because what a lot of us do embrace as true doctrines of the Holy, infallible Word of God are actually false. Like for example: “Jesus, when He died on that cross, His soul went to hell in order to redeem man from the pit of hell.” This is a false doctrine. The Word of God does not support such views. Now I know this has nothing to do with the question of “Can You Lose Your Salvation,” but I am building up this case, that we are too comfortable in the false doctrine that you cannot lose salvation.
The word, “Sheol” in the Old Testament means: “Abode or house of the dead.” King David and other psalmists, has written much about this place in the book of Psalms. It does not mean hell, as many preachers has preached on, as the word Sheol is to mean. And in fact no demon has ever gone to hell either. For they are waiting for that place in the final judgment, found in the book of Revelation 20. Also the saying; that some of us do say, without thinking about it “No demon in hell… so on and so on as an example!”
Although it is written in:
1 Peter 3:17-20
“It is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, through whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison who disobeyed long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built.”
The word, “Prison” according to the Webster’s New World Dictionary means: “A place of confinement for criminals or for persons awaiting trial.”
Now the word Sheol again, means: “Abode or house of the dead,” where the righteous and the unrighteous go at death according to Genesis 37:35; Psalm 9:17; Isaiah 38:10. Or another words purgatory. A place of waiting. Which does not exist today. For the place of purgatory was abolished when Christ Jesus died and preached to the souls in Sheol or purgatory, according to the scriptures we just read in: 1 Peter 3:17-20. Other wise, what would be the point for Christ Jesus to die for anyone’s sins, if purgatory still exists, and a congregation of faith, can pray or petition God for dead souls into heaven, whether they, (the deceased,) believed in Christ Jesus as the Son of God or not. Sheol is a place where God’s presence was also, where He even cared for souls of the righteous and unrighteous. Does this sound like hell? No!
Hell on the other hand, is a lake of eternal fire for the un-righteous or the unrepented and un-confessed sinners. A place of eternal torment. Where the soul of the unrighteous is excommunicated from the presence of God forever. Hell is also described this way as well, a garbage dump. The word: “Gehenna” was used to describe an actual garbage dump. A symbol of hell to describe hell as. A cosmic garbage dump, of those who are unfit for heaven. While Jesus also describes hell as a place of darkness: Matthew 8:12. I have done a more in-depth study on this particular subject of Sheol, the traditions of false teaching of purgatory and praying the dead into Heaven. And even have the live audio, of this untraditional Christmas sermon called: “Challenging Religion, Challenging traditions.”
I have heard preachers say, and I quote, “As soon as you gave your heart and life to Christ Jesus, the devil and his demons had a meeting in hell. Plotting against you!” False! Wrong! Another false teaching that comes to mind, that has become slightly popular, which scares the hell out of me, and that is commanding angels to do your bidding to do your will. Have you ever heard of that? That God has given us authority to command Holy angels to do our will. That is false, and absurd doctrine! The Word of God specifically teaches this doctrine to be false. Like for example:
Psalm 91:11 specifically teaches that:
“For He (meaning God Almighty the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth and the sea, and everything in them, as well as the universe and beyond. He Himself ,) shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways.”
God Himself will give His own angels charge over you, or command His angels over you. No where in the entire Word of God, does it ever teach that God Almighty, through His only begotten Son, Lord Jesus the Christ, has ever given man authority to command His angels. No where can this be found. The Holy angels had seen the fall of satan and those Holy angels that follow satan in the rebellion, turning to unholy creatures of doom before their eyes. Seen them fall, like lightning. Seen there pending future judgment and doom, for all eternity without recourse, do to pride, and selfishness and selfish ambitions. Believing that he can take over the thrown of God, and to overthrow God off His own thrown. They’ve seen this. And they have never forgotten. They await God Almighty, the Father’s direction, not mans, guaranteed! This kind of false teachings does not come from the council of the Holy Spirit. But the influence of satan and demon forces. For he and they are great deceivers. They had mastered deceptions. They’ve been doing this for thousands of years. We need to know what the Word of God says, to see this. Or another example comes to mind, the false teachings of the “name it claim it. Grab it and blab it”. And even pervert what the Word of God say’s. Preachers quote: Romans 4:17 to prove that this teaching works in your life. Magical incantations to get wealth, or what ever.
“Call those things that are not, as though they were.”
This is dangerous teachings. As you look closer to what the Word of God actually say’s, which is infallible, and it cannot lie” the true Word of God says, in that same verse:
“The God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.”
It is God that calls those thing that are not as though they were. God Has not given man the authority to do so. Only God who can. Amen. Again, we need to know what the Word of God says, to see this. And the only way too know, is to do our part individually. Putting this flesh under, surrendering to God’s will, and one of His will, is to read His Word. To discipline thy self and read His word. Even the false teachings of, “once saved; always saved, is predominate in the Body Of Christ, the church.” It sounds good, but it is a false doctrine or teaching that is popular and gives people a false sense of security. The Word of God never teaches such things. You can lose your salvation in Christ Jesus. I’ll say it again: You can lose your salvation in Christ Jesus. The Word of God does teach this, which we will examine closely.
Remember, the insignificant words such as, “if.” Or, “should.” they maybe insignificant, but they are very strong words in there context, as we will get into in this study. And context are very important in studying the Word of God. And always remember, that the Holy Word of God interprets itself, through the Holy Spirit of God. Man need not to interpret. For the Word of God can easily be twisted, or taken out of context. Especially to those who do not know the Word of God. Context is important. And what scares me, is the statistics of the evangelical church: 57% of American evangelical Christians, who have taken this poll, have not read through the New Testament, let alone has ever read the Old testament. These are the type of people that can be lied to so easily. “And as long as the preacher is reading the Word Of God in their sermons, then they are teaching the truth, and I will take the pastors word for it.” Wrong! Anyone of us can read the Word of God in a sermon, but can take it out of context, and twist the Holy Word of God, to teach something contrary, if that Preacher; Pastor; Teacher; Evangelist; and Prophet does not have the Holy Spirit of God, nor His council.
And this needs to be added before we begin as well. It is easy to obtain salvation. For all we have to do is believe in our hearts, being fully convinced, and confess out our mouths, that:
1). We are sinners.
2). The Lord Jesus, the Christ, came into this world by The virgin birth, in the flesh.
3). That He, died for our Sins; Transgressions; and Iniquities.
4). He also Rose from the Dead on the third day.
To give all your heart and life to Him. All of yourself. And if you believe, having this saving faith that Jesus, The Christ, is the Son of God, Then you can call upon the name of the Lord, and you will be saved. This is promised. This is all we have to do. There’s no special religious ritual that we have to perform, in order to get God’s attention. There is no drug that we can take in order to get to God. There is no magical incantation in order to be saved and go to Heaven. He is not in any of those things. It just simply takes Faith; Confession; and Giving of yourself continually. It’s just that simple.
But it is hard to keep salvation, in human terms and definitions, in the matter of self. If it were easy to keep salvation, than everyone would be doing it. There is a price to pay to keep salvation. And that is self. For some, this is a heavy price to pay. To deny one self, and pick up the cross and follow Christ Jesus. A lot of people also uses God’s salvation as a crutch to get stuff. To get riches, material things. And God see’s right through that fasod. Because when a small trial. A small storm comes there way, they fall away so easily like a house of paper cards. And there is many other reasons for this. Which is, that that person, or persons, did not read the Word of God faithfully, or at all. And has not put their trust and Hope in the Lord, nor have given to the Lord fully, their full hearts and life to Him. And if they had, then the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of this world would not have chocked the Word of God out there minds, hearts and lives, Found in:
“Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.” Then Jesus said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Jesus then explained the parable:
“The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”
True Christianity is a continual commitment. And this is the number one key of keeping Salvation, commitment. Which by the way, this generation lacks, and have been lacking for a couple of generations now. And there are conditions, and they are all action words. So lets now get into the meat and potatoes. And I warn ahead of time, there is no desert here. And this is not a Christian buffet. “I’ll take this and that, but not that and that,” Sort of thing.
Now, I would like start by saying that, God is not on His thrown, blotting out our names from the Lambs Book of Life, every time we sin. And, when we confess, writes our names back in that book. No! He gives each and every one of us time to repent. We see a glimpse of this in:
“Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways.”
God Almighty is not a respecter of persons. What He has done for her, can and does do that for anyone. And as the Word of God also promises in:
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
This is why the Apostle Paul wrote in: 2 Corinthians 13:5
“Examine yourselves” (Because you never know when our days are up. For they are numbered. We are here today and gone tomorrow as the Word of God also promises:
“For He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust. As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.”
James 4:14 puts it this way:
“whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
And I can guarantee you this: Not one un-confessed and un-repented sin will ever enter the kingdom of heaven. God will not ever, wink and nod you, or I, or, our sins, past those gates of Heaven. If we have unconfessed, and un-repented sins in our lives, then we can miss Heaven completely. What are sins that the Word of God mentions? There are many lists in the Holy Word of God of course. The Lord’s intentions are not to oppress humanity with the, “do’s and don’t rules.” They are guidelines, teaching man what sin is. What separates humanity from God our Father, Creator. And what displeases Him. He has drawn for us, the boundary line, as our choosing, what not to cross. So lets quickly review:
1 Corinthians 6:9&10
“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
And, Ephesians 5:5-7
“For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.”
As the Word of God elsewhere has warned us about partaking, agreeing, or condoning with those who sin or rebel against God.
“Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, He gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Notice here, that the Word of God is not just talking about those who do not know, God, or His righteous ways. But in fact includes them as well, the believers of the Lord Jesus. And as we read on, we see a deeper trend of this:
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. That includes both believers of Christ Jesus, and non believers alike. It is all who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of heaven. The Word of God is not just warning the rebellious non-believers, but it is definitely possible according the Holy and the infallible, Word of God, that Christians can give up his or her heart over to these sins as well. Remember what the Apostle Paul had shared with us, his struggles of sin which is common to all Christians. And if you don’t believe that, you are self deceived and blinded by the devil himself. This passage of Scripture is found in:
Romans 7:7-25 Struggling With Sin
“What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “Do not covet. But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. We know that the law is spiritual; but I am unspiritual, sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.
So I find this law at work: When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in the sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.”
So What Does Sin Do?
I know we’ve had covered this before, but it is worth mentioning again as a reminder. Because that is part of human nature that we struggle against, and that is: “forgetting.” The scriptures has covered most of this. So lets review this again. Sin seeks opportunity to deceive and to put to death, Romans 7:11 Putting to death can mean physical, emotional and obviously spiritual death. To kill our relationship with God, the Father. To kill our faith in Christ Jesus. Sin separates us from God. Romans 6:20-23;
You see, Christians battle against, possibly, four things:
1). Desires of the flesh.
2). Temptations of the devil. Both of these can be found in: James 1:13-15
3). The natural sin nature in us all, which by the way, we will always battle. And that all Human kind will never be delivered from, as long as we live in this world, in this body of flesh. Why? the Word of God also Expounds on this fact. It all started in the Garden of Edan, The fall of man: according to Genesis 3. But look what it says in:
Romans 5:12-19 Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
“Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the One to come. But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the One Man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! Again, the gift of God is not like the result of the one man’s sin: The judgment followed one sin and brought condemnation, but the gift followed many trespasses and brought justification. For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One Man, Jesus Christ. Consequently, just as the result of one trespass was condemnation for all men, so also the result of one act of righteousness was justification that brings life for all men, (through Jesus the Christ). For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, (through Adam, ) so also through the obedience of the One Man the many will be made righteous, (Through the Blood of Christ Jesus).”
And 4). (which is optional. For this should not be in our lives as believers and followers of Christ Jesus), and that is: Some battle God’s will, God’s call, and the convictions of the Holy Spirit.
And finally in: Revelation 21:6-8
“He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son.”(Lets stop it here for a second. There is something important here that needs to be pointed out. Jesus had said here: “To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.” Jesus had mentioned this earlier in: Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.” With this as He also mentions that: “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be My son.” Overcome what? Sin. The temptations there of. The desire, the drive. To reject, to abstain from the practices of sin. Sin takes the flesh to be in cooperation, in order to fall short of the glory of God. So the equation here is, self. Then Christ Jesus mentions, once we overcome sin, “will inherit all this,” All this what? The promise of salvation. The promise of the kingdom of heaven. See, here is where Christ Jesus mentions conditions for salvation in Him. Based upon our own choices of coarse. So this already disproves that the keeping salvation is an unconditional gift of God.) So lets continue on in:
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
So lets recap. Those who practices, partakes, condones and is in the agreement with sin, such as: The obvious, murder, sexual immorality of all kinds including, homosexuality; bi-sexuality and transgender sexuality, bestiality which is idolatry: The practice of worship, of God Almighty’s creation, rather than worshipping the Creator. Placing whatever things above God Himself is idolatry. Liars, thievery. The proud, which are the arrogant; self centered, boastful, which again, falls under the category of idolatry. Those who practice and agree’s with, condones drunkenness, greed, people who gossip, which leads to discord, jealously, defaming of character, slander. For most gossip is not truth. But ones perception of truth, which is an illusion, when you boil it all down. Those who practices and agrees, and condones with witchcraft, which is obviously witchcraft, spell and curse cast. Making someone do something against there will, which is the true definition of witchcraft. Even illegal drug use falls under witchcraft. Or another words sorceries, according to the Greek word: “Pharmakeia,” Which is pronounced as (Far, mak, eye, ah.) Where we get the English word: “Pharmacy” from. Which is generally “described as the use of medicine, drugs, spells. And later the word was used of poisoning, and then sorcery, accompanied by drugs, incantations, charms and magic.” (According to the study notes of the “New Spirit Filled Life Bible; published by Thomas Nelson.) Those who practices and condones hatred, revenge, jealousy. Who practices and condones discord, fits of rage. Those who are cowardly in things of God, the ministering of God’s Word. Those who are ashamed of Christ Jesus. Which falls under “shrinking back” or backslides and is backsliding. Giving of your heart in exchange for the things of the world, as the word of God warns in:
Mark 8:34-38 Take Up the Cross and Follow Him
“Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”
And also in: 2 Peter 2:19-22
“for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him. If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” (sins) and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”
These are the people who will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven, and Christians are not exempt of this judgment.
If you let un-forgiveness to rule and to reign in your life, to the point of death, surely you will miss Heaven completely. I can and will guarantee you that. Un-forgiveness is an automatic forfeit of your soul to hell as Jesus taught in:
“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Simple, obvious and to the point, right? Now we do not have the authority to forgive anyone’s sins. For we are not God. God alone forgives us all our of sins. Relieves us from the penalty of sin. But we do have the authority by choice, to say, “I forgive you, even though what you did to me hurts. I will not let this destroy our marriage, our friendship, our work life, what ever the case maybe. I will not let it bother me. I will not let it destroy my soul, or sin against God in my life, heart and mind. I will not count it against you” If our sins will not be forgiven, because of un-forgiveness, guess what, you will not enter the kingdom of God. You or I will die in the second death, because God Almighty will not allow one sin into Heaven. Why is it that, God is against un-forgiveness? Jesus taught: in:
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.”
Also in: John 13:33-35
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Forgiveness is an act of Godly love. Un-forgiveness is rebellion! Sin is rebellion. And God Hates rebellion. The Lord is not playing around. God Hates sin, but loves the sinner, unconditionally.
“be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.” You must not worship the LORD your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the LORD hates. They even burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods. See that you do all I command you; do not add to it or take away from it.”
And again in: 1 Samuel 15:22-24
So Samuel said: “Has the LORD has great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.”
Jesus taught us to be ready for the kingdom of Heaven and His coming, which ever comes first. To be on the safe side of life, we should be read for both.
(To be continued…)