Question: After becoming a Christian, can you lose eternal life?
I am beginning a new series. The focus will be theological. Inside the Christian Church there is disagreement on this issue. Some believe you can lose your salvation and others say once saved always saved. I am going to make the case a person who is a spirit filled believer cannot lose his or her salvation. However, I will acknowledge there are good people on both sides of this issue and I am open to counter arguments.
Mike, a youth pastor friend of mine, visited two former high school ministry leaders who had graduated and were now attending San Diego State. He had not seen them for months and was curious how they were doing. These individuals were strong Christians and the previous year were great leaders for his High school group. Both were popular, athletic and on fire for the Lord. What he found out stunned him.
At breakfast the first young man told him he was now a baptized Mormon and believed strongly that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and the Mormon Church was the one true church. Mike was stunned. He tried to reason with him but couldn’t convince him otherwise. The doctrines this young man now believed contradict the Bible. Mike thought to himself, how could this have happened? He left discouraged but was ready to meet his other student leader.
At lunch he encountered a second shock. His other high school ministry leader now was an outspoken atheist. He said intellectually he could no long embrace the Christian faith. Mike again made an effort to reason with him but to no avail. He was more than ready to argue with Mike against the Christian faith. It was a very depressing visit.
How could this happen? How could two young men, both under 20, drastically turn against classical Christianity? Just months ago both would have staunchly defended their Christian beliefs; now they were ready to attack them.
The vast majority of us know someone who has at one time professed to be a Christian but today reject the teachings of the Bible and Christianity. The tough part is that some of these individuals are family members or close friends and we ponder how God is going to deal with them.
Does God still see them as Christians? Did they lose their salvation? Or were they never a Christian? These are the questions I will tackle over the next few weeks.