Ways to Lose Salvation Besides Sin

Have you ever heard an eternal security teacher use the following argument?

If we could lose our salvation it would have to be because of sin. Since sin can’t cause this, we, therefore, can’t lose our salvation.

The only thing that could cause us to die again spiritually—sin—has been dealt with once and for all! (italics his). (Bob George, Eternal Security, p.8 )

If one who has been saved could be lost because of sin (and remember that is the only thing that can cause anyone to be lost) … (J. F. Strombeck, Shall Never Perish, p.94)

Surprisingly, there are other ways to negate one’s salvation besides sin. Scripture declares accepting a false plan of salvation will cause a Christian to fall from grace (Gal. 5:2-4) and be without God (1 Jn. 2:24,25; 2 Jn. 9). The third way is by disowning Christ (Mt. 10:33).

Copyright Dan Corner.

Conditional Forgiveness | Unforgiveness | Loss of Salvation

The Unforgiving In Heart

The unforgiving in heart will nullify their own forgiveness, according to the ultimate authority—the Lord Jesus (Mt. 18:21-35)! Furthermore, the Father forgiving us of our sins is conditional upon us forgiving others who have sinned against us. Jesus taught:

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins (Mt. 6:14,15).

This can only be referring to the saved, for the unsaved have the devil as their spiritual father (Jn. 8:44), and he can’t forgive our sins!

Also, Jesus elaborated on this important subject of forgiving others at another time when Peter asked him about the number of times he should forgive his brother who sins against him (Mt. 18:21-35). [See the chapter addressing this teaching entitled, The Importance of Forgiving in our 801 page volume, The Believer’s Conditional Security.]

Scripture elsewhere reiterates the dangers of hatred and bitterness. Gal. 5:15 and Heb. 12:15, respectively, read:

If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.

See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Unforgiveness, hatred and bitterness seem to be implied here, as are other works of the sinful nature.

Copyright, Dan Corner.

Fruitless Christians Will Lose Salvation

Excerpted from The Believer’s Conditional Security by Dan Corner. Copyright 2000 by Daniel D. Corner

Fruitless Christians are in the greatest danger that exists in the universe. Unless they repent and bear fruit, they will be severed from Christ and will be thrown into the fire and burned, according to Jesus! What a shock it must be to some to hear statements like this, but Jesus taught this truth more than once!

In Jn. 15:2, Jesus taught about the Father:

He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he trims clean so that it will be even more fruitful (NIV).

Notice how the Father wants fruit. But what happens to people who do not remain in Christ, namely the branches that get cut off because they bear no fruit? Verse 6 gives the answer:

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 (NIV).

Remember, Jesus taught in Jn. 15:1-10 that there are two types of Christians—those who do remain in him and bring forth fruit and those who do not remain (the fruitless) and end up in the fire! Though the moderate form of OSAS teaches that a real Christian has to remain, the Lord taught otherwise!

The KJV uses the word abide in this passage instead of remain. The reader should be aware that the Greek meaning of abide is remain:

abide, continue, dwell in, endure, be present, remain, stand, tarry (for) X thine own.

Similarly, in Mt. 25:14-30 we read the Parable of the Talents. The servant of the Master who was entrusted with one talent never lost that one talent, but gained absolutely nothing. His Master returned from his journey and called him to account. The Master of that servant then said:

And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (v. 30, NIV).

Similarly, in Lk. 13:6-9, Jesus taught about a fruit tree that wasn’t bearing fruit. The owner of the vineyard went to it for three years without finding any fruit. It would be given just one more year to bear fruit—with special attention of digging around it and fertilizing—then it would be cut down (or killed), if it remained fruitless! Fruitlessness leads to termination of life.

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