We received this email in December and because of the nature we responded directly to the writer at that time. "My friend is a [denomination], and he says it is possible to lose your salvation if you 'fall from the grace' of God. He gave references in Hebrews that supposedly backed this up. I find this scary because my relationship with God has been downhill lately. I want to do what is right, and read my Bible everyday, but things always come up, or I make an excuse for myself. Is this true? Can I lose my salvation?"
Because this is such an important subject, we have moved it to the top of the queue and are answering it in our first Got Questions article for this year.
How Can We Know Our Salvation Is Secure?
There are some denominations that hold a theological belief that salvation is not permanent. They use a number of verses to support their belief, however they are taken out of context and misunderstood. We could spend a lot of time discussing the misunderstanding of those verses, but instead we will focus here on the truth of eternal security -- how we can have assurance that our salvation is secure.
Believing that salvation can be lost not only denies the sufficiency of Christ's atonement and the truth of His promises but also His faithfulness in keeping us and even His ability to keep us. If it were true, it would be very scary to think about "falling from grace." It's understandable why this person is concerned, but the very fact that this person has concern, strives to read the Bible and tries to live according to God's will, is an indication of the presence of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The conviction this person speaks of ("relationship with God has been downhill lately") is another indication of the Holy Spirit's presence and work in convicting him.