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Can I lose my Salvation?

I came across an interesting article by Maryville First Church of the Nazarene, on the subject of losing ones salvation.  The Church of the Nazarene teaches that one can lose their salvation, as opposed to the Bible which says that, once saved always saved, that is, eternal security, we are saved by faith alone, and not of works, for instance,
 'For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.' Ephesians 2:8-9
and,
'For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.' John 3:16
among other scriptures such as Romans 11:6.

Here is the Church of Nazarene article: Maryville First Church of the Nazarene

Bible quotes from Church of Nazarene article

Matthew 10:22,

“And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

Absolutey, I agree, on reading this verse, it would appear that unless a person endures to the end - endures all sorts of hardships and persecution until the end of their life, then they will not be saved.  However, to consider the verse, one has to look at the full context of the scripture - the full context of Matthew Chapter 10.

In Matthew Chapter 10, Jesus is talking to his disciples, the chapter begins by Jesus calling His twelve disciples together (Matthew 10:1) and names them (Matthew 10:2-3).

Continuing to read through Matthew Chapter 10, we see that Jesus is continuing to talk to His disciples.  He is telling His disciples to go and preach to the lost sheep of Israel, not the Gentiles, not the Samaritans.  Jesus gives them gifts of healing, power to cast out devils, to raise the dead, so that the lost house of Israel may know that the disciples come in His name.  Jesus goes on tell them (still His disciples) that they will be persecuted, but if they perservere until the end of His ministry, they will be saved, that is, they will be delivered alive - it is God's protection to the 12 disciples of Christ, as they are reaching out to the lost of Israel.

It is NOT to do with a believers salvation being lost!

Matthew 10:32-33 is still referring to the disciples, and in terms of their gain or loss of rewards in Heaven, not their salvation!  This is similar to how believers are dealt with today, as in Colossians 3:14-15,

'If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.'

The remaining verse also does not refer to losing salvation

The final verse that the Nazarene Church uses, to say that one can lose their salvation, is Matthew 24:12-13,

'And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.'
Again, on the face of it, this verse would suggest that one can lose their salvation, however, once more, context is the key.  In Matthew 24, the chapter begins at Matthew 24:3, where Jesus' disciples are asking Him about the end times, and what they will be like.  Jesus is therefore talking about a different period - the end times and the tribulations, prophesying of things to come, the end of the world.  He who endures then shall be saved.

Church of Nazarene, are they saved?

I don't have the opinion that people who are Church of Nazarene members, or adhere to the Nazarine doctrine of loss of salvation, are not themselves saved.  We're saved by trusting in Jesus through faith, recognising that we cannot save ourselves.  It's His precious blood which washes us clean.  I think it is more a worry of becoming too engrossed in sin, to the extent that they worry if they ever were saved, rather than thinking that works are required for salvation as well as faith.  I would say such a situation is more a re-dedication of ones life, rather than a loss of salvation.

 'Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the LORD our God.' Jeremiah 3:22

There are many people who have doubts about their salvation.  This is normal.  The point of this article is to show that the worry, as evidenced by the Church of Nazarene's scriptures, isn't the case.

When we're born again, we are new creatures (2 Corinthians 5:17), but what is of issue is, what is this change, as new creatures?  The changes take time, some people change quicker than others, some in different ways.  An individual, who may be a drug addict, an alcoholic, or have many evil thoughts, or other things, may have a change by cutting back on their evil thoughts, feeling guilty about their thoughts (under conviction), or having a change of mind about their addiction, the way they want to live, how they treat others, how they view Christ.  Some people may have greatly changed external lives, but, salvation is of the heart (Romans 10:10),.

As much as we may try and fail, God loves us, and likes us.  Until such time as we have our glorified bodies, we will always be in a struggle between the Spirit and the flesh, and we will not win every battle, as much as we want to.  Perhaps the greatest Christian to ever live, Paul, struggled with the flesh,

“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Romans 7:24

Joy of Salvation

Further to note, is that one can still be saved, but be in a backslidden condition, and in that condition, lose the joy of their salvati
on.  David committed many sins, and was in the state of losing the joy of his salvation, but was still saved himself,
'Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.' Psalm 15:12
Notice David is asking to have the joy of God's salvation restored restored to him, not the salvation itself.  It is a joy to walk with God, but also a struggle in this life, but there is joy in the heart which beats any other type of joy, like watching sports, drinking beer etc.





17th September 2017

 

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