SALVATION LOST? YES! BY STEVE FINNELL
Can a Christian ever lose their salvation? The position of those who believe in the doctrine of Eternal Security; is that the conduct of a Christian cannot cause them to be lost. They believe the mere fact they were once saved guarantees them eternity in heaven.
THE CONDUCT OF CHRISTIANS CAN CAUSE THEM TO BE LOST.
Matthew 7:21-23 "Not everyone who says to Me, "Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' 23 And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS."
The first line of defense for the Calvinist is to say they were not saved to begin with; because Jesus said "I never knew you." The problem with that position is they were casting out demons. Jesus made it quite clear that Satan does not cast out demons (Mark 3:22-27....23?...."How can Satan cast out Satan?.......). If they were not casting out demons through the power of the Holy Spirit, then how were they casting them out. They were in fact Christians and they were lost.
Jesus was not saying they were never saved to begin with. These Christians had a personal conduct problem. They were practicing lawlessness. Their lifestyle was sinful. Conduct does matter.
1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.
CONDUCT DOES MATTER!
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, out bursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.(Also see: Ephesians 5:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
The apostle Paul was warning Christians that if their lifestyle was a practice of lawlessness [sin] they would not inherit the kingdom of God. In Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-5, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Paul was talking to Christians.
CONDUCT OF CHRISTIANS DOES MATTER!
John 15:6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.
Was Jesus giving an example of eternal security? No. CONDUCT DOES MATTER.
Galatians 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
Paul was taking to Jewish Christians. He makes it clear that if they were seeking justification through law keeping that they had fallen from grace. You cannot fall from grace if you were never under grace. They were not once saved always saved.
CONDUCT DOES MATTER.
SALVATION CAN BE LOST!