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Can a person lose his salvation?

Submitted: 3/3/2005
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Question: When a person is baptized in the name of Jesus and is saved, is a person always saved? Can a person lose his salvation?

Answer: Peter wrote that we receive the salvation of our souls at the end of our faith (1 Peter 1:9). Until we reach the end we are free to make the choice to abandon the Savior and go our own way (although it is hard to imagine why anyone would do this). Salvation changes our heart, but it does not do away with our will.

There are many verses that make it clear that we must persevere to the end in order to enter into eternal life. A few examples are:

1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you -- unless you believed in vain.

Hebrews 2:1-3
Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.2 For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation....

Hebrews 10:38-39
Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.' 39 But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.

2 Peter 2:20-22
For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.21 For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.