Q. I thought I was secure in my salvation by faith. I was recently told, however, that 2Peter 2:21-22 proved that I could lose that assurance. Is that possible? Now I’m concerned about this. Please advise me on this. Thank you so much.
A. God’s word cannot contradict itself. There is no verse in the Bible that can cancel out the others. When we think we’ve found one, we have to realize that it’s our understanding that’s faulty, not God’s word.
2 Peter 2:21-22 is no exception. The whole chapter is about false teachers who know the truth but deliberately teach falsehood. Peter says it would be better for them if they had never known the truth than to have willfully turned their backs on it.
By reading the whole chapter in context instead of just lifting 2 verses out of the middle it’s clear that these men were never saved and will suffer eternal punishment. There’s a big difference between knowing what is right and believing it.