I ran into some blogs the other day ran by people that used to be a Christians but now hate Christianity but they still think they are saved even though they hate the Bible and Its message but still “believe” in Christ. One might think just because they once fiercely believed and obey Christ and the Bible they will be going to Heaven, but is that really the case? Can the people that once believed in Christ but have walked away from the faith still be saved?
Jesus made it abundantly clear in the Luke 8:4-15 parable that some people will believe in the Gospel, for some time, but after that time’s up they’ll just walk away from it:
One day Jesus told a story in the form of a parable to a large crowd that had gathered from many towns to hear him: “A farmer went out to plant his seed. As he scattered it across his field, some seed fell on a footpath, where it was stepped on, and the birds ate it. Other seed fell among rocks. It began to grow, but the plant soon wilted and died for lack of moisture. Other seed fell among thorns that grew up with it and choked out the tender plants. Still other seed fell on fertile soil. This seed grew and produced a crop that was a hundred times as much as had been planted!” When he had said this, he called out, “Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.”
His disciples asked him what this parable meant. He replied, “You are permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of God. But I use parables to teach the others so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled:
‘When they look, they won’t really see.
When they hear, they won’t understand.’
“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is God’s word. The seeds that fell on the footpath represent those who hear the message, only to have the devil come and take it away from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved. The seeds on the rocky soil represent those who hear the message and receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they believe for a while, then they fall away when they face temptation. The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares and riches and pleasures of this life. And so they never grow into maturity. And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.
Not everyone that CLAIM to be a believer now will be going to Heaven when they die because a lot can happen from the moment they first believed to when they die. Jesus was abundantly clear that some people would believe in the Gospel but then walk away from the Christian faith so no one should be surprised when a Christian stops believing in His Word, nor should it be to anyone’s surprise that some people will choose not to follow His Word because of the pleasures of this life which are wealth, unbelieving friends that lead you astray, lust and so on.
Once save does not mean always saved. To believe you will be forever saved means you think Jesus Himself was wrong when He spoke of salvation. It does not matter how we feel towards one subject or another, all it matter is what He tells us.
There’s 2 passages so strong that come to mind when people claim that “once saved, always saved” nonsense:
2 Corinthians 13:5
Examine yourselves to see if your faith is genuine. Test yourselves. Surely you know that Jesus Christ is among you; if not, you have failed the test of genuine faith.
1 John 2:19
These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.
People WILL fail the test of faith, Jesus knows that. Some people will be Christians for many decades even and then end up straying away from the path at some point. Not everyone will remain faithful all their lives, that’s the sad truth of the matter.
Stay faithful to His Word, never allow anything or anyone lead you away from Him. We all stumble, we all have our moments of weakness in life, but the most important thing is to never to let go of Him. Never allow the devil to convince you that you don’t need the Lord. Never allow the devil convince you that you are too far gone to come back to the Lord. The Lord loves us, every single one of us, the chosen and the lost alike, all we need to do is accept His love and live life according to His Word and will.
I’ve met so many people lately that tell me they feel so distant and that they’ve done so many things they feel ashamed of so they don’t feel like they can come back to Him. I try my best to reassure those people that there is no such thing. We can come back to Him if we truly repent of our sins but sadly the devil is good at convincing people that there is such a thing as “too far gone” and people end up drifting away because of their shame. People are ashamed of being imperfect even though the Bible tells us time and time again that we are imperfect.
How about genuine Christian people that sin? You can fall and you can stumble as a Christian, after all no one is perfect, but it’s all about not giving up on Him and not giving up on your own self. Repent of your sins, pray for guidance and strength and wisdom. We will be forever sinners while on this earth, but that’s no excuse to keep on sinning and disobeying His Word but at the same time being a sinner is no reason to not wanting to seek Him either after all He died for our sins so we can live according to the Father’s will and to live according to His Word. Even though TRUE Christians will stumble and fall every so often, the Lord knows a person’s heart. He knows and sees the actions and hears the prayers of a repentant Christian.
A true Christian will always be saved because they know, follow and respect His Word, even though we might stumble every now and then. Remember John’s word “When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.” Not everyone that claims to be a Christian is truly a Christian and that’s why they’ll turn their back on the Lord and walk away from the faith at some point in their lives. The people that walked away from Christ simply weren’t saved to begin with, otherwise they would never have walked away from the Lord.
But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.