There are a number of factors that can combine together to make losing salvation more possible . The enemy of our soul knows these, and works hard to cultivate such in the lives of Christians . And then to combine them in the perfect storm to destroy us .
1 ) Double – mindedness ; James 1:8 and 4:8 :
8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
We need the singular mind of Christ . Not a mind, for example, that loves and resents God at the same time . We must vigorously discriminate against the voice of the enemy .
2 ) Hyper – grace ideation in the extreme . The notion that no sin that a Christian could commit is too great for God to forgive, or that a Christian could not commit the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit , losing salvation . Many Christians do not know that speaking to Jesus a certain way, if from the heart , can accomplish this sin in round – about fashion in the believer who has experienced the gifts of heaven . See the article about Nearly Losing Salvation . With the free will , Christians sometimes prune themselves from the True Vine, Jesus . It is a heart sin .
3 ) Belief in once saved, always saved / eternal security . I advocate abiding in the Lord while carefully avoiding killing sin ! Once saved, always saved ( OSAS ) is a false doctrine . See the article about a quick proof that losing salvation is possible , as well as that about the near – loss of salvation . OSAS can potentially lead to lack of accountability for the free human will . Scriptures guaranteeing salvation must be balanced with scriptures warning of loss of salvation . The balance point is the God – given , free human will .
4 ) Much woundedness in life as well as frustration or torment leading to a resentment of life and even of God . Blaming God . Sometimes, the enemy gets the advantage against someone for years and years . Perhaps some have a lineage of people hostile to God , producing that kind of stronghold in them . Here is Romans 1:28 – 31 :
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
An individual in a destructive , vicious cycle of curse particularly with significant lineage of ancestors resenting God . Imagine this coupled with double – mindedness !
5 ) A spirit of offense . Jesus sent word to John the Baptist in Luke 7: 23 :
23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Whosoever . Not just non – Christians ! See Mark 4: 5, 16 – 17 about seed sown on stony ground and offense over the word ! Jesus is the WORD ! Do you have the stones of offense in the soil of your heart ?
6 ) Ignorance . Believing a doctrine just because everyone says so . Or because it is cultural Christianity . Bondage to the traditions of men rather than rightly dividing the word of truth . Being unable to endure sound doctrine ! Pet beliefs at odds with the balanced whole of scripture. What you don’t know CAN hurt you, or worse !
7 ) Lack of recognition of the voice of the enemy . Thinking that certain destructive thoughts are one’s own . Adoption of demonic ideas . A mind contrary to the mind of Christ .
8 ) Ingratitude . This is a dangerous addition to the other factors . Especially in those carrying a spirit of offense .
9 ) Belief in future sins automatically forgiven , FSAF . This heresy causes many to lapse into carnality and cease to abide , to be hazardous in use of the free human will . See the Links to Relevant Articles section.
10 ) Unforgiveness . It is a Kingdom principle that servants of God must forgive if they expect to be forgiven . See Matt 18: 21 – 35 and Mark 11: 25 . Jesus is speaking . To whom ? The one who refuses to forgive makes himself higher than God . Woe !
11 ) Forsaking Christ in one’s heart to pursue the love of carnality . 2 Peter 2 : 20 – 21 . Quitting Jesus from the heart to return to the worship of sin .
Conclusion : These are just some of the things that the enemy can employ against a Christian to maneuver him into a position of suddenly losing salvation . Where he can be goaded into stepping on an improvised , spiritual, immaterial and invisible salvation bomb . If any has strong feelings of resentment towards life and / or God, they need to get the right help . At the very least , they should approach their pastor about it, and pastors should be proactive shepherds rather than condemning. Some sheep simply need bondages broken and deliverance ! And the mind of Christ. Church should be a place where it is made clear that whatever ails, God wants to fix it and loves unconditionally ! And we need to be like Him .