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Sermon #38: You Can Lose Your Salvation - So I Believe

"Remain in me, and I will remain in you." - John 15:4 (NIV)

Somebody asked me a question one day. 

The question went something like this: "Is it possible, after one has been born again, to subsequently lose their salvation?"

I believe it's possible. 

To the saved, Jesus Christ is Lord; He is the Director of the life of a saint.

Let us assume that before he was saved, Mr. Jones had a different kind of lord, and that Mr. Jones had abandoned this lord for the Lord. 

Now assume that Mr. Jones, after walking with the Lord for ten years, decided to go back to his former lord. 

Could Mr. Jones have retained his salvation under such circumstances? I don't believe so!

"Remain in me, and I will remain in you," Jesus Christ told his disciples in John 15:4 (NIV). Certainly Mr. Jones did not remain in the Lord; so the Lord, in return, did not remain in Mr. Jones. 

Without the Lord there is no salvation.

"If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned." - John 15:6 (NIV). 

Even if you are saved now, you can lose that salvation, so I believe. I don't believe it's a "once in, always in" type of arrangement.

You need to be vigilant. Instead of wasting time asking whether you can lose your salvation or not, you need to use the time to make your salvation secure!

I know there are different views on this topic. I am also suspicious of the intentions of the people who always ask, "Is it possible for me to lose my salvation?" I wonder whether they just want to know or they are not sure of where they currently stand in the eyes of the Lord. 

What's your view on this?