At Risk for Losing Salvation : Deadly Factors

losing salvation by one's own action
Severing one’s own line of salvation . Ok , forget that these are two right hands …

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 :

A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.

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 !

losing salvation by ignorance
Walking in ignorance

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 .