Can a Christian Lose His or Her Salvation?

Greg Laurie

Can a Christian lose his or her salvation? Once you are saved, can you become unsaved? When I hear questions like these, my thought is, Why would you want to push the envelope? What concerns me is there are people who want to know how they can be saved and still live as though they are not. That is a dangerous proposition.

We are told in Titus 2:11-14, "For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God. . . . He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds."

Is that a description of your life today as a follower of Jesus? Are you totally committed to doing what is right? If you really have been saved, then there will be results in your life. Jesus said, "Just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions" (Matthew 7:20). People should be able to see spiritual fruit, changes in your life that will indicate to them that you are a true follower of Jesus Christ.

Writing to the church of Laodicea, Jesus said, "I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!" (Revelation 3:15-16).

Rather than trying to live in two worlds, it is far better to live as close to God as you possibly can.

Excerpted from "A Dangerous Proposition" from Harvest Ministries (used by permission).

Originally published July 26, 2010.

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