Do you lose salvation the moment you sin?

Author: BibleAsk Team


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Speaker 1

All right.

Speaker 2

And this one is also from Robert. So I don’t believe in once saved, always saved. But do you lose your salvation the moment you sin? Or does it take multiple sins to lose salvation?

Speaker 3

And Robert, this is an excellent question and it’s kind of similar to the one that we just answered, but it is slightly different and want to separately answer this. And first I want to just highlight that it’s important to understand that there’s kind of this spectrum. There’s two sides of the road that Satan always wants to steer us into. The truth is a narrow, narrow path, whereas Satan just wants us to get over here or get over there and think that either extreme is correct and that’s not the case. And so what are those extremes I’m talking about, the first one is called Antinomialism, and this is where some people go so far to the extreme to say like, the law is totally abolished, there’s nothing but grace, just do whatever you want, there’s no consequences, god will love you and save you no matter what. I mean, you’re totally saved. Maybe once you’re saved, you’re always saved. And that is not actually biblical. The other extreme is then legalism, where there’s almost this belief that we’re hopelessly under the condemnation of the law. And grace is just really conditional, really narrow, and you have to just pretty much be perfect to get in heaven.

Speaker 3

One little sin, the smallest little thing, and God is just going to disqualify you. And somehow there’s going to be some people that make it in and they have this strong false sense of being lost, whereas the Antinomialists probably have this false sense of security that, oh, I’m going to be saved, and be shocked that maybe they’re not. So what is the happy middle ground? It is this idea where, yes, there is law and God is calling us to the law. And as we always talk about, the law is calling us to love, to love everybody, to love God, to love our neighbors, to love our families, to love our enemies. That is what the law is calling us to do. But what happens when we don’t quite live up to that level of love? If we sin once, do we lose salvation? What if we sin a couple of times, two or three times? At what point is our salvation in jeopardy? And that’s a good question. So by default, the default rule is that even with one sin, we are deserving of death. And we see that in James, chapter two, verse ten.

Speaker 3

For whomever shall keep the whole law and yet stumble in one point he is guilty of all. And then Romans 623 says, for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. I like this verse because that really captures it. The wages of sin is death. Like, we are all deserving of death because we have all sinned and even just one sin should merit it. But God is giving us this gift of eternal life where at times, and we’ll talk about it, maybe even despite our sins, god is going to give it to us because God really wants everybody saved. This is such an important concept that we and one of our favorite verses here at Bible ask is Two Peter 39, the Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is long suffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. His interest is that all should come to repentance. And I think we’re never going to have perfect understanding of the sins we commit. We have so poor of an understanding of what love really is that we’re all totally falling really short of what the bar is of loving.

Speaker 3

And we’re sinning on levels that we have no idea about. And yet God is not going to hold us necessarily accountable for those things. He’s going to wink at our times of ignorance and even when we know better and we still might fall and do it, god is understanding and we can take some relief in this verse from First John, chapter five, verse 16. And John says, if anyone sees his brother sinning, a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask and he will give him life. For those who commit sin not leading to death, there is sin not leading to death. All unrighteousness is sin and there is a sin not leading to death. So we see John just saying it again and again and again. There is a sin that doesn’t lead to death. What is he talking about? And this is something that scholars just love debating because you could interpret it many different ways, but never take one Bible verse by itself and create a huge doctrine. And we try not to do that. We always try to cite two 3410 Bible verses to show that there’s this repeating pattern throughout the Bible.

Speaker 3

And I think the Bible is also giving us here a repeating pattern that God isn’t so concerned about these one off times where you do something and you still might feel horrible, you could be in the act of sinning and hate it and still grappling with it and still potentially be saved. And we see this concept in One John 319, where sorry, starting at verse 20, says if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God. If our hearts do not condemn us. And I think that’s important, really. God is looking at our heart, he’s looking at our character. And we talked about earlier our trajectory. Where are we going? Are we safe to be in the presence of God’s, other brothers and sisters? Or are we going to be a problem? We’re always going to be this one way street. We’re going to create these huge imbalances that ultimately lead to pain, heartache, death, who knows what else that sin actually causes. Sin is absolutely horrible and atrocious, and God cannot and should not tolerate it one bit, and yet he does with the hope that we’ll all come to repentance. Matthew twelve, verses 34 to 37.

Speaker 3

God or Jesus talks a lot about the abundance of the heart, and he talks about out of the heart, good treasures come, and you could also find evil treasures coming out of the heart. Jesus is sort of talking here. Yeah, if you are always cursing and always saying mean and hurtful things about people all the time, that’s reflection of your heart, and that’s really where your state is. But are you someone who’s normally giving compliments, normally building people up, normally saying words that are good and helpful and beneficial? Well, that’s reflecting where your heart is. And I’m not going to read it, but I love Romans. Chapter seven, verses 14, all the way down to the rest of the chapter to verses 24. And this is that chapter where Paul is talking about this battle between the flesh and the flesh being wanting to be sinful and causing them to sin, and then the Spirit trying to bring him into alignment with God’s law. And you just have this conflict and this twist and almost this agony that anybody who struggled with sin can understand. And he has this line in verse 20, now I do that I will not to do.

Speaker 3

So I’m doing that which I don’t want to do. And it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me, which is interesting. He says you could get to a point where in a sense, you’re sinning still, but that’s still your flesh, that’s separate than who you really are, that’s you at times falling prey to your lust, to your temptations, but that really wasn’t who you wanted to be. You’re still struggling with it. And God knows that. God recognizes. I think that is an example of a sin that does not lead to death. Am I encouraging caving into lust, caving into sins? Not at all. But I’m saying it’s important that we are struggling, that we are, by always turning to God, please give us the Spirit, help me to overcome, help me to get more in alignment with your laws, Lord. Help me to not stumble and sin, because then you realize sin is hurting, sin is creating damage to you, damages to the others, and you want to get liberated from it. I hope that is helpful. It could go on and on. So many verses. This is something where if you really study the Bible, you’re going to see there’s more evidence of this where we can sin.

Speaker 3

And God, out of his abundant mercy, out of his abundance of grace, will still forgive us and still consider us written and having our names in his book of life. So there’s that balance, we don’t have to be legalists, but at the same time, let us not abuse grace. Tina?

Speaker 1

Yeah, I think that was really well said and I definitely agree with a lot of what you’re saying and I think it’s a tough question to answer because it’s kind of tricky. But I guess what came to my mind when I’m thinking about will we be lost the second we sin after we accept Christ? And I think know when God created the nation of Israel because they were to be a light, they were like a nation they had when God created the nation of Israel. That’s why I love Bible stories, because it gives.

Speaker 3

We just lost Know, God.

Speaker 1

Creating the nation of Know. They go through the water, they’re cleansed in a sense, they’re baptized and then God creates this nation. Well, does Israel do everything right? No, they make a ton of mistakes for decades and God keeps sending prophets and telling them, hey, I want you to correct these specific sins. And so God is constantly trying to lead them out and away from sin. And God is very patient, but eventually he does bring the punishments that God said, if you don’t obey this, there will be punishments, there will be consequences. But God is very merciful at the same time and that he’s not going to just punish you right away or cut you off right away. That’s not how he is. And that’s why I like the verse so much. In Nehemiah, chapter nine, verse 19, nehemiah is talking about God and how he worked with the nation of Israel until they finally had to be taken captive by Babylon. And even then they weren’t fully destroyed. But Nehemiah says nehemiah 919 says, yet in your manifold mercies you do not forsake them. And so he keeps talking about your abundant mercy. And so God was very patient with his people and he’s very, very patient with us.

Speaker 1

Will there be consequences? Can we still be lost? Yes. Was the nation of Israel finally put to an end? Yeah, it was. The temple is no more. There’s no more earthly sanctuary in Jerusalem. God had to fulfill the conditions which he laid out with his people. But it took hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years of Him trying to work with his people, trying to bring them back into repentance and into a right relationship with Him. And he’s just that way. He’s always trying to seek our good and always trying to help us to get in line with Him. But will there be an end of the mercy? Yes. When he knows that we have no more. We absolutely won’t come back to Him anymore. Just like Noah in the flood, he knew that this is the last family on Earth. And the imagination of everybody other thoughts was only evil continually they would not repent. And so it’s only at that refused.

Speaker 3

To get into the Ark. They refuse to take advantage of the means of salvation that God provided.

Speaker 1

Yeah, exactly. So I hope that that is something that we just don’t forget that God is merciful and we just have to keep coming back. And like it says in the book of Proverbs, a righteous man falls seven times but gets up again. So we just have to keep getting up, keep trying. And as long as we keep coming back to the Lord, he’s not going to in any way cast us out. Thank you.

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