Once Saved, Always Saved. Really

Can you accept Jesus as your Savior and then deny Him afterwards and still have your name written in the Book of Life?

Q. I asked my sister if she still believes that Jesus is her savior, that he died for her sins on the cross etc… and she says “no”, thus denying Jesus as her Savior now … she accepted Jesus when she was a little girl, but now she changed her mind … she believes in reincarnation to get closer to God very strongly – she doesn’t believe that Jesus is the only way to God any more.

What must I make of that? Can she “lose” her salvation because she changed her mind on who’s her Savior… or will she still be saved?

Can you accept Jesus as your Savior and then deny Him afterward and still have your name written in the Book of Life?

If she repents and re-direct her views and beliefs towards Jesus, well YES, but what if she dies tomorrow without changing back to Jesus as her Savior?

A. Here’s the bottom line. Ephesians 1:13-14 says “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory. Note the word “guaranteeing”.

John 6:39 says “And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.” Note the word “none”.

John 10:27-30 says “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” Note the words “no one.”

Romans 8: 38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Note the words “nor anything in all creation.”

Peter’s denial validates it for us. He denied the Lord 3 times and yet was re-instated.

Either your sister was never saved or she is forever saved. Before the foundation of the Earth was laid, the Lord wrote the names of His own in the Book of Life. He didn’t put anyone in there who doesn’t belong and He didn’t fail to include any one who does. There’s no indication anywhere that He blots people out. If your sister was saved and is now going through a phase of denial, then the Lord cannot let her die until she returns to Him. He promised He wouldn’t lose any of us and His word is at stake.

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