What stirred me with the initial thought that maybe salvation can be lost is the number of people that I have seen who have claimed to be Christians and have truly turned their backs on the Lord's path for their lives. Of course the common question that comes up is: Were they ever saved in the first place?
As I started looking in to this, I realized that the verses I found are speaking to Christians and warning them of the apostasy or falling away of believers. Why would God warn believers of falling away if they are secure from the onset of their acceptance of Jesus as their Savior? Also, much of the New Testament tells us to live out our faith, that faith without works is dead and that we should reflect the fruits of the Spirit.
I have no doubt that if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we live lives according to God's will, we will NOT lose our salvation. However, I am teetering on the fence-line and must admit leaning towards the side of belief that we CAN lose it if WE walk away from God. And that we CAN walk away from Him. God allows us free will and with that free will, we can conclude that life according to the Bible is too hard and choose to turn our backs on it. There may be a difference between back-sliding and pure rejection, but I believe that rejection is possible. And, happening all over the place!
- Hebrews 6:4-12 is well known for the talk of apostasy. The writer tells us that it is impossible for those who have been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift and shared in the Holy Spirit and tasted the goodness of the Word of God and then fallen away, to be restored again to repentance because they are crucifying Jesus all over again. He goes on to say the he desires each of us to show the same earnestness to have full assurance of hope until the end.
- Ezekiel 33:12-20 speaks of the righteous man who does injustice shall die and that the wicked, when turning from his sins will live. The righteous are not to depend on their righteousness to save them when they sin.
- James 1:22 says: "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."
- Matthew 7:13-14 talks about the wide and narrow gates. Jesus tells us that the narrow gate is hard and will be found by few.