You Want to Lose Your Salvation?
How to Lose Your Salvation in Fourteen Easy Steps
So...you want to lose your salvation. Well, you dont really want to lose it - but you think you have, or could, or that someone you know certainly has lost theirs. They used to go to church every service and teach a Sunday School class, but now they cuss and drink and wont step inside a church door. They were obviously saved before. They are obviously lost now. So, they must have lost their salvation. Its as simple as that...or is it?
The idea of losing your salvation is simple. All you have to do is lose everything you gained when you got saved. Since you could never go to hell with anything you received when you were saved, then everything you obtained through salvation must be either reversed or destroyed. Then you can go to hell. So your next move is to find the source which can tell you how to reverse these steps.
Well, if you are going to lose your salvation (just bear with me if you want to keep yours), then you must lose it according to the rules. The rule book is, of course, the word of God. You must not rely on feelings, or common sense, or human reasoning. Feelings can be wrong. Human thinking may not be Gods way (Isa. 55:8-9). Only Gods Word is the absolute authority.
This brings us to the fourteen easy steps for losing your salvation. Since every one of these steps represents some great blessing you received when you got saved, then all of these steps must be completed without fail in order to lose your salvation. You cannot miss any of them and become lost. You must accomplish them all. Now Its time to tackle that first step!
I. DECLARE GODS GRACE AS INSUFFICIENT
This first step involves the basis of your salvation. When you accept Jesus Christ as Saviour, you are saved totally by the grace of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches:
Grace is defined as Gods unmerited favor. It is God doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. Since you cannot save yourself, God offers His gift of grace as the basis of your salvation. This means you cannot save yourself by good works. Water baptism, church membership, church confirmation, loving your neighbor, and even the keeping of the ten commandments are all unable to give you or anyone else a place in heaven.
Romans 3:20 states:
Titus 3:5 declares:
Now, since good works can do nothing to earn salvation (see also Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9), then evil works can do nothing to remove salvation. You are saved in spite of your sins; you cannot become lost because of your sins. Since you are saved by grace, you can only become lost by declaring Gods grace as insufficient for you. That is the first step.
II. FIND THE FAITH OF CHRIST TO BE FAULTY
Whereas the first step removed the basis of salvation--grace, the second step is necessary to reverse the method of salvation--faith. Contrary to popular belief, you are not saved by producing enough faith so that God will accept you. Oh yes, you must believe. But your belief is completed by the faith of Christ. Again, the Bible must be the authority. Look once more at Ephesians 2:8:
You are saved by grace and through faith. But that faith is not of yourself; it is the gift of God. Does this mean that we are saved apart from our own decision to believe? Not at all! Read carefully Galatians 2:16:
You cannot be justified by the works of the law. But you can be justified by the faith of Jesus Christ. This is not faith in Christ, but the faith of Jesus Christ. But in order to be justified by the faith of Christ, you must believe in Him. Sound confusing?
Look at Romans 3:22:
Notice the wording carefully. The righteousness of God is received on the basis of the faith of Jesus Christ. The faith of Jesus Christ is given unto all and upon all them that believe. (See also Phil. 3:9.)
Although you must believe to the best of your ability, the perfect faith which provides for you a perfect salvation is the faith of Christ. This means that there is no need to pray through or hold on in order to get saved. We come to God in simple belief, and He completes our faulty faith with the perfect faith of Christ. This also means that you cannot become lost by losing faith. Although your faith may waver at times, your salvation is based on the faith of Christ. Therefore, the only way to lose your salvation is to find the faith of Christ to be faulty. That completes the second step.
III. GET CHRIST TO TAKE BACK HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
This third step has to do with one of the great products of your salvation--imputed righteousness.. This imputed righteousness (that means righteousness placed on us from an outside source) involves the most uneven swap in the universe. When you get saved, you trade the rags of your sin for the robes of Christs righteousness. Lets consider this trade one part at a time.
When Christ died on the cross, He took our sins upon Himself and paid for them in full. Galatians 3:13 reads:
II Corinthians 5:21 teaches:
God the Father made God the Son (Jesus Christ--the One who knew no sin) to be sin for us. That is, Christ took your sins upon Himself when He died n the cross, so that you could take His righteousness upon yourself when you accept Him as Saviour. When you are saved, you are clothed in the righteousness of Christ (see I Cor. 1:30). When God the Father sees you, He sees you through the blood of His Son. Therefore, you will never have to stand before God in your own righteousness (Phil. 3:9). You are truly complete in Christ (Col. 2:10).
This also means that you cannot become lost by losing your own righteousness. Though your righteousness may fail from time to time, the righteousness of Christ can never fail. In order to lose your salvation, you must get Christ to take back His righteousness, and you must take back upon yourself the sin for which He died. And so the third step is completed.
IV. HAVE THE PARDON REMOVED FROM YOUR SIN
You receive something very special when you accept Christ. You receive a pardon for your sin greater than the pardon any criminal ever received from any governor or president. This pardon is based on none other than the shed blood of Christ.
Ephesians 1:7 declares:
When you are quickened (or, made alive) together with Christ, you are forgiven all trespasses: not just some or most, but all! This is why the forgiveness which saved is a completed act of the past and not a repeated act of the present.
Ephesians 4:32 reads:
We are to be forgiving (present tense) others as God hath forgiven (past tense) us, not as He forgives (present tense) us. God forgave all of your sins at salvation: past, present, and future. Therefore, there is no need for a continual forgiving of sins in order to go to heaven. (NOTE: Of course, such complete forgiveness does not remove the need to repent from sins committed after salvation. But this daily cleansing of sins has no effect on salvation.)
Since you receive a full pardon at salvation, you cannot become lost by committing unpardoned sins. There can be no such thing for the saved person. Although you may sin and displease God after your salvation, God knew when He saved you what you would do and forgave you of those sins also. The only way out is to have the pardon which you received at salvation removed from your sin. And so ends step four.
V. CONVINCE THE FATHER TO FAIL IN HIS COMMITMENT
The fifth step has to do with the safekeeping of your soul. Before you are saved, you are the keeper of your own soul, and you cannot do anything but fail in its keeping. But when you get saved, you turn your soul over to the protection of another--God.
In II Timothy 1:12, Paul says:
In salvation, you gave up control of your own soul, and turned its safe keeping over to God the Father. God is now committed to the keeping of your soul to the end.
I Corinthians 1:8 declares:
Also read Philippians 1:6:
Your confirmation unto the end and the performance of the work in you until the day of Jesus Christ is in the hand of the Lord.
Therefore, you cannot become lost by failing in your commitment to Christ. Since your salvation is based on the commitment of God, the loss of personal commitment would not affect your eternal destiny. No, the only way to lose your salvation is to somehow get God to fail in His commitment. This completes step five.
VI. BREAK THE FATHERS SEAL OF THE SPIRIT
Step six has to do with one of the guarantees of your salvation. When you are saved, the Bible teaches that you are sealed by the Spirit of God. Ephesians 1:13 teaches:
II Corinthians 1:21-22 reads:
These verses teach that you are sealed with the Holy Ghost by the Father at the time of salvation. The Holy Spirit is not your sealer; He is your seal. A seal is something that fastens securely and which must be broken in order to be opened. Your salvation is secured by the Spirit of God. And not only are you presently sealed, but you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
Ephesians 4:30 states:
The seal of the Spirit is guaranteed good unto the day of redemption, that is, the day when Christ takes us up to be with Him.
This means that you cannot become lost by breaking your promise to God. Since your security is based on the seal of the Spirit, no promise or commitment broken by you can void your salvation. The only way to lose your salvation is to break the Fathers seal of the Spirit. That is step six.
VII. CHANGE THE MEANING OF EVERLASTING
When you accept Christ as Saviour, you receive the gift of eternal, or everlasting, life.
Romans 6:23 explains:
Please notice that Romans 6:23 and John 3:15 speak of eternal life, while John 3:16 speaks of everlasting life. When you are saved, you receive both. And while everlasting and eternal both mean without end, there is a difference in emphasis. Everlasting is a term of quantity and emphasizes length of life: everlasting as opposed to temporary. Eternal, on the other hand, is a term of quality and emphasizes the kind of life you receive at salvation: eternal as opposed to temporal or earthly. As Christ taught, He came that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).
Probably the greatest thing about eternal life is that it is given as a present possession.
John 5:24 reads:
When you hear the word and believe on Christ, you have (present tense) everlasting life. Nothing is ever said in scripture about receiving this life in the future. You have everlasting life as a present possession from the point of salvation.
This means that you cannot lose everlasting life. Think about this: if your life has ending today (you are going to perish), then it could not have been without ending (everlasting) yesterday. To lose everlasting life would be an impossibility. Therefore, since to lose everlasting life would be a contradiction of terms, there is only one way to lose your salvation. You must change the meaning of the word everlasting. That is the completion of step seven.
VIII. UNBIRTH YOURSELF FROM THE FAMILY OF GOD
When you are saved, you are born again. This is the doctrine of regeneration.
Titus 3:5 states:
Notice that you are saved by the washing of regeneration. The word regeneration means to be reborn. You are said to be born again because your salvation is your second birth.
Read the teaching of John 1:12-13:
While your first birth was physical, your second birth is spiritual (of God). By this new birth you become one of the sons or children of God.
Since you have been born into the family of God, you cannot become lost by denying your birth. A child naturally born cannot cease to be the fathers child, no matter what is said or what separations are made. So, an individual born into the family of God cannot simply cease to be the Fathers child. In order to lose your salvation, you must somehow unbirth yourself from the family of God. That is step eight.
IX. NULLIFY YOUR ADOPTION BY THE FATHER
Another benefit of salvation is your adoption by the Father. A saved person belongs to the Father by creation (He made us), by redemption (He bought us), by regeneration (we were born to Him), and by adoption (He adopted us). Concerning adoption.
Galatians 4:5-6 teaches:
In salvation you receive the adoption of sons. Therefore, through adoption, you also become one of the children of God (see also Romans 8:15-16).
You cannot become lost by simply ignoring your adoption. Adoption is a legal and binding change of parents whereby you lose your old parentage ( of your father the devil, John 8:44) and gain a new Father. You cannot lose your salvation by turning from your heavenly Father. You must somehow nullify your adoption by the Father. And so step nine ends.
X. SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST
At the very moment any person accepts Christ as Saviour, another wondrous blessing takes place. They are placed within the center of Christs love. The love of Christ, which is beyond human comprehension, becomes your strong refuge. Read here in Ephesians 3:19:
To know Christ is to know a love which is unknowable. This is one of the miracles of salvation.
This love into which you are placed is not only beyond human comprehension, but it is also the greatest power in the universe. Romans 8:35-39 states:
Notice that one by one those things which might separate you from the love of Christ are eliminated. And then, lastly, all other possibilities are at once denied by the phrase, nor any other creature. To be in the love of Christ is to be eternally safe from all the dangers which your soul might encounter.
In fact, you cannot become lost by denying Christs love. When you give yourself to the love of Christ, He takes you into His bosom of love. This love is so powerful as to deny any other thing to come between His love and the Christian. Yet, to lose your salvation, you must somewhere find the strength to separate yourself from this great love. That is step ten.
XI. REMOVE YOURSELF FROM THE PREMISES OF HEAVEN
When you are saved, you are spiritually translated to heaven. Thats right--at the point of your salvation, you are translated into heaven. Now this is not the physical catching up which is promised to come later, but it is a Biblically taught translation.
Look at Colossians 1:12-13:
Notice that you have been (past tense) translated into the kingdom of God. To translate means to bear across and is used in the Bible in reference to a taking up into heaven. Enoch was not found because God had translated him (Heb. 11:5). This translation puts you spiritually into heaven. Still skeptical?
Then read Ephesians 2:5-6:
When are you raised up and made to sit in heavenly places? This occurs when you are saved. And where are these heavenly places? In chapter one of Ephesians, verse twenty, Jesus Christ is sitting at the right hand of God in the heavenly places. The heavenly places are the abode of God. They are heaven itself. You see, the wonderful truth is that since you are in Christ and Christ is in heaven, then you are positionally and spiritually already in heaven. You are only waiting for your body and soul to catch up with your spirit.
Now, for the problem. You cannot become lost by failing to go to heaven. In Christ, you are spiritually already there. You cannot simply lose out on your chance to go there. To lose your salvation, you must leave the premises of heaven and remove yourself from your position in Christ. That completes step eleven.
XII. COMMIT SINS WORSE THAN INCEST AND BLASPHEMY
If salvation is to be lost, then it must be lost through disobedience to God. Most who teach an unsure salvation would agree with this. Yet, what degree of sin brings this loss of salvation? Evil thoughts? Bitterness? Murder? Failing to attend church? Failure to pray? What sin or sins cross the line of no return? Again, we must let Scripture be the measure of truth.
In Corinthians, chapter five, a man in the church had taken his fathers wife as his own. Paul states that this is such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles (I Cor. 5:1). One could hardly imagine a worse category of sin than this. Yet Pauls instructions concerning the treatment of this man in I Corinthians 5:5 are as follows:
Only his flesh was to be delivered to Satan. The spirit was still saved. This matches the description in I Corinthians 3:15 of the man whose works will be burned:
You can lose every reward you could have had and yet go to heaven. Why? Because your salvation is based on the work of Christ, not on your own works. Your works, good or bad, neither gain nor lose salvation.
Another heinous sin is blasphemy. Surely if evil sins could remove salvation, this one could. Yet, in I Timothy 1:20, Paul states:
The pattern is the same as that found in I Corinthians, chapter five. Their flesh is delivered to Satan so that their spirits may be saved in the day of Christ.
You cannot lose your salvation by committing these or other terrible sins. You will be judged. You will lose heavenly rewards. But a human spirit once quickened by God must remain quickened. So, in order to lose your salvation, you must commit sins greater than these.
XIII. TAKE THE SPIRIT WITH YOU TO HELL
Although this may at first seem odd, in order to lose your salvation and go to hell, you must take the Holy Spirit with you. Let me explain. Ephesians 1:13-14 states:
According to the strict order of the passage, you hear first, then you trust (or believe), and lastly, you are sealed with the holy Spirit. The sealing of the Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation because if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his (Rom. 8:9). Therefore, to have Christ in your heart is to have the Spirit. And when you are sealed with the Spirit, the Holy Spirit becomes your earnest: the earnest of your inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.
What is an earnest? In buying real estate, you give earnest money to show that you are earnest or serious about buying a house. If you decide to back out of the purchase, the seller still gets to keep the earnest money. In other words, an earnest is a payment which cannot be taken back.
The Holy Spirit is the earnest of your inheritance. He is the guarantee that you will receive the rest of the purchased possession. And the Spirit, as your earnest, cannot be taken back, even if you were to become lost. Therefore, in order to lose your salvation, you must take Gods Spirit with you to hell.
XIV. TAKE THE SON WITH YOU TO HELL
The last of the steps toward the loss of salvation does not get any easier. This step is based on your relationship to Christ at the time of salvation. Romans 8:16-17 states:
At salvation, you become a joint-heir with Christ. To be a joint-heir means to inherit together; to share in the same inheritance with which the Father will bless the Son. This is a promise of God.
Yet, what if you lose your salvation and go to hell. As joint-heir, not only do you share in Christs inheritance, but He must also share in your inheritance. The only way for you to inherit hell and its horror is to take the Son of God with you to that awful place. That completes the fourteen steps toward loss of salvation.
You have read through fourteen steps which would be necessary if you were to lose your salvation. Obviously, to attempt these steps would be utterly foolish. Gods wondrous gift of salvation is eternal in every way. But, if you are still not convinced, check your reasons. Are they emotional? It just doesnt seem right. Or rational? It doesnt make sense. If so, then you need to surrender your emotions and thought to the truth of Gods word.
Perhaps you have been shown two or three proof texts which seem to teach possible loss of salvation. This is not the place to discuss individual proof texts, but rest assured that there is an answer to them. Check with the person who gave you this booklet. Very likely they or someone they know can give you an answer. Even so, scriptural doctrine must be taken as a whole, not as scattered proof texts. One or two scriptures we do not understand must not be used to deny one or two hundred passages which are very clear.
Maybe you have trouble accepting eternal security because you have watched the sinful lives of those who claim to have once been saved. They cuss and drink or live like the devil and yet expect to go to heaven. But rest assured, Gods salvation is not to be taken lightly. There are many who may have once had religion but they did not have Christ (I John 2:19). They never were saved. There are others who were truly saved and have backslidden. Yet, God teaches that He deals strongly with His own children (Heb. 12:5-8). They cannot leave God without chastisement unless they are not Gods children. The key is to allow God to settle these problems. So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God (Rom. 14:12).
But what about you? Eternal security means nothing to the person who has never been secure in the first place. The way of salvation is both plain and simple. You must first realize that you are a sinner. Sin is displeasing God: doing the wrong you ought not and failing to do what you should.
Romans 3:23 states:
All men are sinners and therefore, you are a sinner. And this sin leads to death and hell.
Read Romans 6:23:
But notice that all men do not have to pay the wages of sin in eternal death. Some receive Gods gift of eternal life. To do that, you must repent, or turn away from your sins, and confess them to Jesus Christ. In Acts 20:21 we read:
Now you must believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, and that he was buried, and arose from the dead the third day. Notice the words of Romans 10:9-10:
But this belief cannot simply be a head belief. No, you must now accept Jesus Christ personally as your Lord and Saviour and ask Him to come into your heart.
Romans 10:13 states:
If you have never been saved, call on the name of the Lord right now. Confess to Him that you are a sinner. Trust in the death of Christ on the cross as the basis of your salvation. Ask Jesus Christ to save you and to come into your heart.
As a saved person, you should now glorify and praise God for His eternal gift to you. Lose your salvation? Not on your life, and not on the life of Jesus Christ!
Im washed in His blood:
Of this I am sure.
The gospel so precious
Is found in His Word:
Ive trusted in Jesus;
Hes ever my Lord.
So often I wander,
And sometimes I fail;
But Christ will not shun me,
Or send me to hell.
His grace is sufficient;
His faith is complete;
His righteousness on me
Is Satans defeat.
My sins - they are pardoned;
My souls in His hand;
The seal of the Spirit
Will all things withstand.
Ive life everlasting;
Reborn from above;
Im also adopted;
Immersed in Christs love.
My spirit already
Translated on high:
No sin Gods forgiven
Will heaven deny.
I have my down payment:
The Spirit of God.
Joint-heir with the Saviour;
Soon heaven Ill trod.
Forever Ill praise,
The One who died for me,
My poor soul to save!"
By David F. Reagan