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Can a Christian Lose His/Her Salvation?

Updated on March 19, 2016

The Doctrine of Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS)

For years, Christians have debated over the issue of once saved always saved known as OSAS. This means that once you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you cannot lose your salvation. There are plenty of Christians that believe this doctrine is false. I grew up being taught that you can lose your salvation if you choose to walk away from God, even after you have trusted Jesus as your Savior.

Those who believe in the doctrine of OSAS will argue and say, “Was that person really saved from the beginning?” Or was it just a superficial commitment that they made? In some cases, someone may have just made a quick decision because they may have been caught up in their emotions at that particular moment and they felt convicted. However, deep down inside their heart, they were not really ready to leave their sinful lifestyle and truly repent. I believe that this can happen and has happened several times.

On the other hand, I have known people who were Christians and serving God for years, but sadly they got entangled in the things of this world. So, have these kind of people lost their salvation? I believe so and I will use Scripture in the Bible to back up my point.

A few verses come to mind. Matthew 7:21 says, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Hebrews 6:4 says, “For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened--those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit.” II Peter 2:21 says, "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."

Many Christians, including myself, believe that the doctrine of OSAS can be very dangerous. I say this simply because there are those who take advantage of God’s Grace and do not understand fully what it means to be saved. I have had people tell me and have heard people say that even though they are living in sin, they are still going to heaven because at one time they accepted Christ as their Savior. Romans 6:1, 2 is very clear when it says, “ What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

These people will be in for the greatest shock of their lives when they die or when the rapture (when Jesus comes to take His followers to heaven) happens and they were left behind.

OSAS is not an issue if someone accepts Jesus and has continuous fellowship with God. We all mess up at times and we are not going to lose our salvation because we made a mistake. However, we are to always have a repentant heart when we do sin. God knows our heart. He knows that we are human and are infallible. Again, we must always strive to live Christ like and be ready to ask for forgiveness when we disappoint Him in any way.

Whether you believe in this doctrine or not, just be sure that your heart is right with God. Make sure that you are ready to meet Him if you should die or if He should return to take His people home today. Otherwise, hell will be your eternal home and the Bible describes it as a terrible place of torment and separation from God forever. ( If you have never made Jesus the Lord of your life, say this prayer right now. Dear Jesus, I ask you to forgive me of my sins and to come into my heart to be my Savior. I believe that you died on the Cross for me so that I can have eternal life in heaven. Amen.

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