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Can you lose your salvation? The question is phrased incorrectly. The question should be can you fall away from the faith? The biblical answer is yes, you can fall away from the faith. You can become a “son of perdition” as Judas was called. Judas is not the only “Son of Perdition” referred to in the bible. Son means mature child who went away into perdition or destruction/eternal damnation. Before Jesus returns the “son of perdition” shall be revealed. We don’t think we can become one because we believe the false Once Saved Always Saved, but can we become a son of perdition and how? Regarding the rapture of the church and the son of perdition spoken together in this context, let’s read what the bible says viewing the son of perdition as a child of God that has fallen away or became apostate or has departed from the truth, instead of as the Anti Christ. Not saying there isn’t an anti Christ. I am saying that the “son of perdition” being revealed is in the same sentence and context of the church becoming apostate or departing from the true gospel just before the true bride of Christ is raptured. I am just saying that Jesus is returning soon and in our false Once Saved Always Saved gospel where one can never fall away, Jesus may be trying to expose the spiritual stronghold or state of people that believe they are saved, when in fact they have fallen away or became apostate. This He would do because He wishes that none would perish and He is trying to call these apostate ones back to Himself, but before He can, they have to indeed know they are apostate or fallen away so let’s explore this without any biblical strongholds or preconceived beliefs you may have. http://www.latter-rain.net/index.php?p=1_44_Strongholds-in-the-Church Let the TRUTH, Jesus, wash you so that no one hears, Depart from me you worker of iniquity. Iniquity means you knew it was wrong and you did it anyway and these were people who stood before the Lord believing they were saved. How deceived do you have to be to believe that you can knowingly do something wrong and still get into heaven, but that is the fruit of this Once Saved Always Saved no matter what you do you will get into heaven if you asked Jesus into your heartâ doctrine, which is equivalent to what the devil told Eve in the garden. “Go ahead and do that. You shall not surely die”. Nothing will happen and the source of that lie is the devil. Some believe that if you are practicing sin, you were never saved but that is not what the bible says.
II Thessalonians 2:1-6 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together (rapture, collection or snatching away) unto Him (There is an event in regards to something that will happen right before the rapture.)
That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that day of Christ is at hand.
Let no man DECEIVE you by any means; for that day (rapture) shall not come, except there come a FALLING AWAY (DEPARTURE FROM THE TRUTH OR APOSTASY) first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition. Falling away or departing from the truth produces this son of perdition and that is what is being revealed because it is something that was hidden or not known. Is this just one man who departs from the truth or a group of people? Was it the church being warned not to be deceived and why is there so many bible verses that talk about how deceptive things will be in end times just before Jesus returns, warning us repeatedly not to be deceived? Because we can depart from the truth, that is why and to be deceived means you have departed! It doesn’t mean you don’t go to church, read your bible, pray or anything else. These warnings are given to church people. You could do all that and still be deceived about what is true. To be deceived means that you don’t know you are wrong. II Thes 2 verse 6 says the son of perdition will be revealed when it is time and that time is now. Jesus is about to come for a bride without spot or wrinkle. Keep in mind Son means child of God and perdition is one who departs from the truth and is damned. Is the man, the anti-christ a Son of God that departed from the truth? If you are a son of the devil, if you are going to depart from your father the devils beliefs, you would have to become a Christian, right? So this son would have to be a believer who departed or has fallen away from the truth and thus went into perdition or damnation as Judas did.
Now as you read this, notice it is plural in verse 10 and not about just one man. The word falling away comes from the Greek word apostate which means a departure from the truth and there is a strong warning not to be deceived. This is not just one man that is departing from the truth but the church. Verse 10 goes on to say And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them (plural) that perish because they (plural) received not the love of the truth that they might be saved. Also, what they are deceived about is righteousness and because of their strongholds of false beliefs (grace is a license if you can never lose your salvation or fall away) and they could be saved if they would just repent and receive the love of the truth, which is grace or empowerment not to sin through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said He didn’t do away with the law but fulfilled it. The law was to show us we couldn’t keep it and the baptism in the Holy Spirit given at Pentecost is the empowerment (translated grace) to become Holy. Grace is used as an excuse not to be Holy today so people are deceived about their unrighteousness. This empowerment was not available before the resurrection of Christ. God’s moral law never changed and never will. Animal sacrifices and traditions are done away with, but not Godâs moral law. It is finished. There is no more sacrifice for sin. Now you have been empowered not to sin after water baptism and baptism in the Holy Spirit who is Holy and the word Holy means set apart.
Can we know we are going to heaven? The biblical answer to that questions is yes we can know we are going to heaven. The cross is an accomplished fact. Jesus died for our sins. It is finished. There is no more sacrifice for sin. Itâs a matter of faith . . .
“Eternal security or once saved always saved” teachers will often ask the question “what particular sin can cause someone to lose their salvation”? The biblical response to that question is that when faith fails and love grows cold a person will fall into their old sinful lifestyle. Itâs not a matter of a believer stumbling, falling into sin, and then repenting. It’s a matter of falling away from the faith entirely and falling back into their old sinful lifestyle. There is no security in sin. Repentance is not a one time act.
I Timothy 5:11 in talking about widows who were in the church and Christians: But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. (Fell Away or became apostate)
In the parable of the sower, Jesus taught that there would be those who would believe only for awhile and endure only for a time. He said some would fall away.
Luke 8:11-15 They fall away because the devil takes the seed of the word of God from their hearts. Other methods he uses are: Temptation, persecution and trials, deceivableness of riches (prosperity doctrine), pleasure, cares and worries.
11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. (This is what one looks like if they have a good ground heart)
17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
This is how one falls away which means: FALL AWAY aphistemi to remove, i.e. (actively) instigate to revolt; usually (reflexively) to desist,desert, etc.: depart, draw (fall) away, refrain, withdraw self. Jesus spoke of continuing in His word.
John 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye CONTINUE in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
CONTINUE meno a primary verb; to stay (in a given place, state, relation or expectancy): abide, continue, dwell, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry. Consider also . . .
2 Peter 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the KNOWLEDGE of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
KNOWLEDGE epignosis recognition, i.e. (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgment.
2 Peter 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to TURN from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
TURN epistrepho to revert (literally, figuratively or morally): come (go) again, convert, (re-)turn (about, again).
2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was WASHED to her wallowing in the mire.
WASHED louo a primary verb 3068; to bathe (the whole person; whereas 3538 means to wet a part only, and 4150 to wash, cleanse garments exclusively): wash.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have KEPT the faith:
KEPT tereo from teros (a watch; perhaps akin to 2334); to guard (from loss or injury, properly, by keeping the eye upon;
Knowledge of danger helps us avoid danger, and keeps us safe. Knowledge of danger is like a fence around a rooftop patio, it keeps us safe, it keeps us from falling. Knowing you are going to heaven, and the doctrine of falling away from the faith, are not contradictory doctrines, they are two sides of the same coin. Our assurance should not be threatened by this doctrine, it should be strengthened. Why? Because those that teach that repentance is a one time act, that there is security in sin, or that a believers can never make shipwreck of their faith, are not teaching the faith which was once delivered unto the saints Jude 1:3 and there can be no security in that.
1 John 5:13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
Don’t let anyone or anything steal your faith! And donât let anyone tell you that because you reject the unbiblical eternal security teaching that you do not have assurance of salvation. I pray that the Lord, through the Holy Spirit and the Word, would give all His children discernment concerning this doctrine.
The devil brings in demonic doctrines that sound like truth to deceive Christians and this is also a way to fall away nor become apostate. We need discernment. There is too much witchcraft in the church today masquerading as the Holy Spirit. Like the frog in the pot, you don’t put him in boiling water right away. You put him in water that is comfortable and then slowly turn up the heat until death occurs. The devil seduces and leads one away from the faith so that they are apostate by disguising deception in truth. Once a small amount has been accepted, more is added and now you have departed so far away from what the bible teaches that you are apostate or have fallen away from the original gospel so that you donât even recognize it and it has happened one step at a time.
Hebrews 10:26-31 talks about willful sinners after knowing Christ, being judged and cut off by God. The word “judge” means crisis or the time it is determined when one will be cut off. Jesus said that before He returns, He will gather out of His kingdom all that offends and all workers of iniquity. Rev. teaches that you can have your name removed from the lamb’s book of life and if your name is not found there, you are thrown into the lake of fire. I can go on and on regarding new testament scripture where it tells believers that if they are doing this or that, they won’t enter the kingdom of heaven with one of the worst being fornicators and that word fornicate comes from the Greek word pornia which is where we get the word porn. Jesus warned in Matthew in the context of lust and sexual sin that if your eyes offend you, pluck it out and if your hand offends you, cut it off because it would be better for you that you enter heaven maimed then enter hell with all your body parts. Don’t let anyone tell you masturbation and porn use is not found in the bible. We might not use the same word, but the concept, in context, is there. This is a sin against one’s own body, not just adultery against one’s wife and sin against God, so pastors and leaders, if you arenât addressing this and other sins in your church, you will BE HELD MORE ACCOUNTABLE WITH WORSE JUDGMENT. I warn because no one’s blood will be on my hands. The bible says that men would be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God in regards to perilous times before Christ returns. Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be that enter. Narrow is the way that leads to eternal life and few there be that find it. If your path is broad and anything is acceptable, you are on the wrong one.
The once saved, always saved is not biblically accurate because they base everything they believe on “Grace is a license to sin” or sins past, present and future are forgiven and nothing you can do will change your eternal destiny if you just said your little prayer. Grace is the power of God given to you not to sin and the bible warns that in end times, some will deny or reject that power and its teaching and with such we are not to be associated. So, don’t be deceived is a HUGE WARNING BY JESUS HIMSELF REGARDING END TIMES! CAN YOU SEE WHY? Let’s teach people how to get into the faith the biblical way and remain there and come along side of them when they struggle.
The foolish run out. All accepted the marriage proposal of Jesus and knew He was about to return. Only half received the truth in order to be saved. The reason you see Christians on the scene during the tribulation is because they were the foolish ones and they were shut out. Don’t be foolish. Read your bible and be careful how you hear. The bible even says that before God judges the world, He judges His church first before He returns. Judgment or crisis (the time it is determined when one will die eternally and be cut off) starts in the house of the Lord, so how can people claim you are eternally secure when all the biblical evidence points otherwise and they base it on half a sentence and stop reading after “no condemnation” when the sentence goes on to say that there is no condemnation for those who walk in the Spirit and are led and controlled by the Holy Spirit only. It goes on to say that this eternal security is not for those who walk according to the flesh. The Holy Spirit led group doesn’t have to worry about condemnation. But if you are practicing sin and walking in the flesh and fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, you can be sure there is no eternal security in that, only a fearful looking for of judgment or condemnation. So I pray that you receive the love of the truth that you might be saved and not reject the truth because it doesn’t conform to your stronghold or lens through which you read the bible. Jesus is faithful to warn, reveal deception so that the gates of hell do not prevail against His church, but man has free will. Will you be wise or foolish? You don’t become born again by works of the flesh to please God. You respond to Him in faith and obedience and this is not dead works. You are responding to what He has done and provided. If you willfully sin and do not repent, you are rejecting or choosing not to respond to the truth and what Jesus did. These are not works, but responses to the truth, which is who Jesus is, not what He does and your response of acceptance and obedience or rejection of Jesus determines your eternal destiny and whether you will be cut off, so choose wisely. The Holy Spirit is only given to those who choose to respond in obedience.
In Jewish culture a betrothed virgin could have the legal engagement broken and this is what Joseph was seeking to do when he found out Mary was pregnant with Jesus until an angel stopped him. That legal process to break an engagement is a judgment that releases the groom and at the time one is engaged because they accepted the marriage proposal of the Lamb, we are âsealedâ with the intention to purchase, much as one is given an engagement ring. That is what the word sealed means: a deposit or down payment. We are not the bride yet and our ignorance of Jewish customs has caused so much deception in the church. To be sealed, does not mean, sign, sealed, delivered and can never be broken. It is merely a deposit of the Holy Spirit, not to be confused with the baptism in the Holy. It would be like putting a deposit on a house with the intention to purchase and if the deal falls through, you get your deposit back. That is why the foolish virgins ran out of oil. They were judged, cut off and the deposit was returned. Sealed has been interpreted incorrectly, as well, to mean secure and that is not what it means.
To be In Christ Jesus where there is no condemnation means that you are walking and being led and controlled by the Holy Spirit because you have been empowered not to sin and not your flesh and sinful old nature. Don’t base a doctrine or belief on half a sentence and saying a prayer does not make one “born again”. Your freedom in Christ comes from no longer being a slave to sin as John 8:34 states: Whosoever commits sin is the servant or slave of sin. Jesus is coming back for a Glorious Church and it is just around the corner. With this word and revelation and the sons of perdition being revealed, the glorious bride of Christ is about to be raptured or caught up, but He wishes that none would perish, no not one. How will you respond?