Can a Person Lose Their Salvation?

August 7, 2015   |   Category: Ask Irvin   |   Tags:

Is it possible to lose salvation after we’ve received it?


Rafael from Texas is interested in hearing Irvin’s take on, “Can we lose our salvation after we have received it and end up lost?”


Hello Pastor, I was in a Bible meeting last Wednesday and a discussion came up about salvation. Some people believe that we’re saved no matter what we do and once we’re saved we’re saved no matter what. We can commit murder, adultery and we’re still saved. I brought to them a bunch of scriptures like Hebrews 10:26 that talks about unwillful and willful sin; II Peter 3:17 that speaks about being careful not to lose your secured position. So next week if they still want to talk about it I’m going to bring up Matthew 7:22 that says, we bid miracles and drove out demons in Your name and Jesus tells them get away from Me, I don’t know you and also Matthew 25 concerning the ten virgins. I will take your answer off of the air if you have an opinion.



Irvin: Yes, I sure do. Thank you, Rafael! There are many clear scriptures that tell us a person can lose their salvation but there are also scriptures that tell us that no man will take us out of His hand – no man shall pluck you out of My hand, and that’s true. Other people cannot cause you to lose your salvation but, you can do things that would cause you to lose your salvation. For example, the last chapter of Revelation, chapter 22, it says if you add to the things that are written in the book of Revelation, God will add to you the plagues of the book. If you take away from the book of Revelation, God will take your name out of the Book of Life. Now if you can’t have your name taken out of the Book of Life, why does it say in the last chapter of the Bible that if you take away from the things of Revelation, your name will be taken out of the Book of Life? Also, in Hebrews chapter 6 it states there that there are principles of the doctrine that we should leave and go on to perfection, and then it goes on to say, for it is impossible for those who have once tasted the heavenly gift have been made partakers of the Holy Ghost and of the Word of God and the powers of the world to come. If they shall fall away it’s impossible to renew them again to repentance seeing that they have crucified the Son of God afresh and put him to an open shame. So it specifically says there, those who once tasted of the heavenly gift, those who were made partakers of the Holy Ghost; if after they’ve had a mature established walk with God, if they then shall fall away then it is impossible to renew them to repentance because they have crucified the Son of God afresh. Now there are a lot of questions about, okay what does that mean? Does that mean that anybody who’s ever been saved and then they backslide, they can never be saved again? No, that’s not true because we have other stories such as the prodigal son that clearly teach a person can fall away and can be restored. The Bible also says, if your brother has been taken in a fault rebuke him, if he repents restore him. So restoration is possible, however, to those of you who are mature, that really understand the scriptures, that really understand the plan of salvation; don’t play loose with your soul because it is a very dangerous thing to walk out on Jesus Christ and turn your back on Him and say I don’t believe this anymore. That is a very dangerous thing. So, can you fall away? Yes, but God promises as long as you continue to stay with Him, He will not cast you away, He will stay with you; that’s where everything hinges. You cannot lose your salvation without your own fault but, if you choose to walk away and start living after the flesh then you can lose your salvation.


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5 Responses to “Can a Person Lose Their Salvation?”

  1. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time ( 1 Peter 1:3-5 ).

  2. For those that say once saved always saved, my concern is during the tribulation period, will the tribulation saints think it’s okay to get saved first and then get the mark of the beast? We’re under the dispensation of grace now but many are embracing the law. Which dispensation will Satan trick the tribulation saints into embracing? -Sandra

    • Doug Norvell

      The enemy already has people tricked into a false dispensation, one of just believe and you are saved. James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.

  3. Stephen Monument

    Rom 8:35-39,asks…c
    Who shall separate is from the love of God?
    Trouble? No
    Hardship? No
    Persecution? No
    Famine? No
    Nakedness? No
    Danger? No
    Sword? No

    Paul the goes on to say…
    I am convinced that neither death (anything that death can do to us) nor life (anything that we can do in life)
    Neither angels (that is any action by an angelic being whether true or fallen) nor demons
    Neither the present (that is anything I can do now) nor the future (that is anything I can do in the future)
    Not any powers ( that is anything that is part of the kingdom of Satan)
    Neither height nor depth (nothing in heaven or hell)
    And just in case he left anything out, he adds…
    Not anything else in all creation will be able to separate is from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    We are all members of the body of Christ and if any member can be removed, the body of Christ is an amputee body.

    The idea that I can do something that catches an omnipotent, eternal and most of all omniscient God by surprise is ludicrous in the extreme.

    He has made salvation ‘me-proof’

    • Doug Norvell

      Hello Stephen,

      II Timothy 4:10: In Paul’s letter to Timothy, Paul writes about a man named Demas, who has forsaken him having loved this present world. Who is Demas? We read of him in two other places. In both Philemon 24 and Colossians 4:14 we read that he is a fellow laborer – one of the brethren. But in II Timothy 4:10 we see that Demas has left Paul because he has a love for the world. Unfortunately for Demas, I John 2:15 teaches us that “If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” This concept is consistently reflected in Paul’s writings as well. Can a person go to heaven if the love of the Father is not in him? There is no doubt Demas, Paul’s brother in the Lord, once had salvation. II Timothy 4:10 tells us he lost it.