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Salvation Lost

Submitted: 11/15/2004
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Question: Do you believe that once a person is saved he cannot lose his salvation? Do you think that speaking in tongues is the true sign of being born again, or do all who become saved have to speak in tongues?

Answer: Your first question concerns the doctrine of “unconditional eternal security.” The Bible says that faith has a beginning (Romans 10:17); that we must live from “faith to faith” (Romans 1:17); that we must “continue in the faith” (Colossians 2:23); that our faith must be completed (1 Thessalonians 3:10); that “some shall depart from the faith” (1 Timothy 4:1); that some have “cast off their first faith” (1 Timothy 5:12); that some have “stayed concerning the faith” (1 Timothy 6:21); that faith can be “overthrown” by false teachings (2 Timothy 2:18); that a person can “believe in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:1); and that we receive salvation at the “end of our faith” (1 Peter 1:9). Based on these verses and countless others, it is clear that a person can indeed stop believing and turn away from Jesus Christ. When that happens, such a person could be said to have lost his salvation.

Concerning your second question, please see the Q and A posted on 10/12/2004 titled Speaking in Tongues. Also read our article titled Speaking in Tongues in the Church found on Shelf 1 of the Apostolic Free Library.