Can Salvation Be Lost?
ChristiaNet.com, a large Christian portal with eight million monthly page loads, recently asked, "Can salvation be lost?" Bill Cooper, president of ChristiaNet, states, "I believe our focus should be on spreading the Gospel and gaining new salvations."
Out of 1,200 Christians surveyed, 54% believed that Christians can not lose their salvation. Some surveyed in this group felt that, "Once you have accepted Jesus, no one can pluck you out of His hand." One poller responded, "I am kept by the power of Christ not my own works." "It is a free gift from God. There is nothing we did to earn it." While this group felt their salvation was secure, they did believe you could lose Heavenly rewards and crowns based on the warning given in the Book of Revelation to the Church of Philadelphia.
Thirty-nine percent of those surveyed felt that one could lose their salvation. The cause of the loss comes as some action against God such as grieving the Holy Spirit, losing ones faith in Jesus or unrepentant sin. One poller responded, "After accepting the gift of salvation and then denying the savior, I believe salvation can be lost if there is no repentance." Most in this group felt that once a person repents or asks for forgiveness their salvation would be restored. "Peter was a good example of being restored when he denied even knowing Jesus. Jesus later forgave Peter and re-instated him to take care of His flock."
Seven percent of pollers were unsure. Those in this group could see evidence for both sides of this issue. Some felt that if someone was to lose their salvation maybe that person was not saved in the first place. "If someone denies Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior after accepting God's gift of salvation, in most cases, those who deny were not saved in the first place." No matter how they answered, many surveyors believed that if someone truly repented in their heart before they died, God would be faithful to grant salvation. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
To help educate Christians, ChristiaNet has just released a free Salvation Quiz. Using the latest interactive technology, one can test their Biblical knowledge on issues facing the Christian Community.