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Can a person lose their salvation?

Submitted: 6/20/2015
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Question: What happens to a person who accepts Jesus but goes on being overpowered by an addiction? Was he born again in the first instance? Does this person lose his salvation? Does Hebrews 6:4 apply to this person? Can he ever be forgiven?

Answer: 2 Timothy 2:19 says, 'Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.' Every person who is born again (John 3:5; Acts 2:38) must depart from iniquity. This may not happen instantly, however. God is patient and allows each of us time to grow in grace and holiness. But if a person shows no desire to depart from iniquity but seems to accept his addiction, then he will eventually fall from grace. Hebrews 6:4 could apply to such a person, but keep in mind that it is not saying a person cannot be forgiven; it's saying that a person cannot repent so long as he is rejecting the One who grants repentance.