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  • Betty A. Burnett

The Wrong Perception!

Can Christians Lose Their Salvation – Once Saved, Always Saved?


I have heard this statement for many years that “once saved always saved” is not true. Whoever came up with that does not understand the scriptures, and people are kept in bondage when they don’t understand what salvation means.


Over the years, in witnessing the Gospel, I would ask someone if they were saved, and they would say “I’m a Christian” And if I asked if they were born-again, the said “I go to church” In other words, they did not understand what those words meant.


Below is the meaning of each word

Born again - "born again, from above") is used twice in the NT (John 3:3-8, 31) – both times referring to God regenerating a believer (giving a supernatural, new birth). Verse 31 that Jesus Christ came from heaven and He is above all.


Salvation - heal, be made whole (Jesus took care of our whole person; sicknesses (physical); mind/soul (emotions) and our sins. After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said, “I thirst!” ……  So, when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit (John 19:28-20). God does not do anything partially, He is the God of completion.


Save - properly, deliver out of danger and into safety; used principally of God rescuing believers from the penalty of sin (Jesus took away the penalty when He died, and was resurrected); this freed us.

That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved……. (Romans 10:9-10).


For by grace, you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast (Ephesians 2:8-9). STOP! Remember this, we didn’t do a thing; God did all. The only part we played was to accept Him by the faith God put in us.

And power of sin - For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace (Romans 6:14). The words were taken from the internet, but I used scriptures to connect, relate and support what was written.


Christians – They were first called Christians at Antioch (Acts 11:26) are “those of Christ” they belong to Christ, as His possessions, because Christians are “slaves of Jesus Christ”


When it comes to losing your salvation, that just doesn’t make sense. Why would a loving Father give you a precious gift and take it back? (Romans 11:29). Even if someone would say falling into sin would cause them to lose their salvation, which wouldn’t make sense either.


God knew us and He also knew what we would do throughout our lives, therefore salvation is not based on what anyone does or don’t do, it is based on LOVE. He predestined us to be saved. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined (Romans 8:29a). For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [cannot be changed]  (Romans 11:29).

This one is even more absurd. Some people told me you can take yourself out of God’s hand. What does the Word of God say? And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one. 


Is God lying, and who has more power than God? It is so silly to say something as foolish as that. Watch out! Somebody needs a new mindset and that comes from studying and rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

One day when we see Him, we will be delivered from the presence of sin, glory to God!

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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