A guy was wrestling with a question that had troubled him for years.
“Can a person lose his salvation?”
The question came up when I was recently visiting his men’s Bible study. He explained a scenario to me:
“Christopher, right now you are saved and you are a Christian. You serve the Lord faithfully and are a man of God. However, let’s say that something drastic happens in your life and you walk away from God and your faith. Furthermore, you not only walk away from God but you become an active worshipper of Satan. If you start to worship Satan and have walked away from God, are you still saved?“
The men’s group shared that they often struggle with that same question. If I am saved can I lose my salvation? How do I know I’m saved?
And to be honest, as a pastor I also struggle with this question.
In this post I want to explain two main topics: eternal security and assurance. First, let’s define those terms briefly and then, second look at what Scripture says.
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The Assurance of Eternal Security
I. DEFINITIONS OF “ETERNAL SECURITY” AND “ASSURANCE”
Eternal security is the biblical fact that once you are saved you cannot lose your salvation. Assurance is the feeling of comfort you experience because you are certain you cannot lose your salvation.
II. WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT ETERNAL SECURITY