A recent college graduate from our church sent me an email recently. She’s struggled with her spiritual past. She became a believer early in life, got off track for a while, and now she’s on fire for God, Her dilemma is whether she lost her salvation during that time. She wonders what would have happened to her eternally had she died during her time of wandering. She wanted to know why I believe in eternal security.
I realize I’m stepping in dangerous territory with this discussion question. This issue divides people theologically as much as any other. Some of my closest believing friends would disagree with me here, believing that one can lose their salvation, but I believe in eternal security. I am not a theologian so I look for simple answers.
Here is my quick answer to my friend:
These are standard questions most people wrestle with at some point in life. Great questions.
Here’s a short answer. I believe in eternal security, because:
The Bible says “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you SHALL be saved”…not you might be saved…
The Bible says “Do not worry”…How could you not worry if you were constantly wondering if you’ve gone too far…if you had lost your salvation?
It takes grace to be saved, why would it take works to remain saved?
Works are the result of salvation, not to earn or keep salvation…
Was there ever a time when you were “living in sin” when you didn’t “believe”? I’d say probably not…you may not have looked like a believer…but Jesus looks at the heart, not the outward appearance…
If we start drawing lines of how to lose salvation, where does the line stop? Could we ever remain saved? It’s just like the law…Jesus even added higher standards…one bad thought…one lust…one hatred…one dishonoring of parents…one idol placed in front of God…and we’re doomed…who then could be saved? Read the rich young ruler story…”What’s impossible for man is possible with God”…
The bottom line though is what difference does it make about what could have happened then? The bottom line is, are you saved now? Which, from watching your heart and life, I believe you are indeed.
Rejoice in your salvation!
Love your heart!
Hope this helps!
There is so much more to this issue, but I suspect many others, including me, have wrestled with this same issue.
How would you have answered?
What questions do you have about eternal security?
Does this testimony resemble your own?
Share your thoughts!