Q. I’ve got known to a person who’s pretty strong about the view of not being able to lose salvation. I think, it’s possible to give away salvation. He says, no doubt: I’m wrong. I listen to him. I consider his views. But they make no sense to me, as much as I try. I don’t care much, as this is just peanuts for me, but for him it’s “foundation”, and constantly brought up/between us. I’ve printed the “MEN CAN FORFEIT THEIR SALVATION BY TURNING AWAY FROM CHRIST” essay from your site and showed him, as my Bible knowledge isn’t that good, while he knows the Bible by heart, but he just laughed about it, said it’s full of miss-interpretations (taking verses out of context) and talking mostly about the “old bondage” which isn’t valid anymore. Is this essay really wrong? Is there really no “sin which can’t be forgiven” (=insulting the Holy Spirit)? Is there really no way to lose salvation after getting new-born? Or is this all just uninteresting talk I should ignore?
Alex you can teach a parrot to memorize scripture, but he understands nothing that he has memorized and so it is with your friend.
Consider these scriptures, and they are all speaking to Christians:
1 Cor 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. 9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. 10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
The apostle Paul realized even he could be lost:
1 Cor 9:27, But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
2 Pet 1:5, And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
2 Pet.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. 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. 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.
Here Peter warns Christians not to go back to their former life of sin. He knew what he was talking about. Your friend does not.
1 John 2:1, My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
All Christians sin at times, but Christ is our advocate (he pleads our case with God the Father).
1 John 1:7, But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Rev 2:10, be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
If it was impossible to be unfaithful this advice would be unnecessary.
(The King James Version)