Route 12 - It is Possible for a Child of God to Sin and Be Lost -
Romans 8:31-39
Many have been taught that once one becomes a Christian there is nothing he can do to be lost.  This is the
doctrine which is popularly called "Once saved always saved" or, in the creeds and manuals, the Doctrine of the
Perseverance of the Saints.  It is the "P" in the "TULIP" of Calvinism.

It is important that you know and make clear that you do not believe that one HAS to sin.  It is the
possibility of
apostasy with which you are concerned.  This subject needs to be taught because Calvinistic perseverance is a
deceitful doctrine that lures men into a false sense of confidence and a false system of justification.

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       Scriptures teach that God has the power to keep one saved
Route 12 - It is Possible for a Child of God to Sin and Be Lost (Part II)
12 - Romans 8:31-39 - Possible for child of God to sin and be lost
- These passages give us great comfort.  But one must be careful not to mix up the scriptures and thereby believe
they teach something they really don't
- The Bible teaches that when God saves a person,
no outside force, power, or influence can steal this person
away from God against that person's will.  That is just how powerful God's salvation is.  It is of great comfort to
know that God's plan will preserve those who remain faithful to Him.
- Nothing is said here about the Christian giving up his faith.
- The Bible teaches that
a person can lose his salvation by giving it away.  God wants those who are His to
serve Him because they choose to serve Him.  However, He will not keep a person saved who decides not to
serve Him.

12 - John 10:27-29
- The emphasis of this entire chapter is on Jesus' power to protect those who are His.
    - It shows how the shepherd will
protect His sheep from any outsiders who would try to "snatch them."
- It also teaches that those who will be protected have chosen to "hear" and "follow" Jesus.
    - John 10:3-4
         Scriptures teach that Christians can have salvation, but then lose it

12 - Acts 8:13, 18:21, 23
- Simon the sorcerer was saved after hearing the preaching of Philip the evangelist.  Was he actually saved?  In
the Lord's own words:
    - Mark 16:16
- But Simon was lost.
    - "Your money perish with you"
    - "your heart is not right in the sight of God"
    - "For I see that you are
full of bitterness and captive to sin" (New International Version)
- Sin separates man from God.
    - Isaiah 59:1-2
12 - Romans 11:21-22
- What words in this passage indicate the Christians in Rome were saved?
    - If you continue in His goodness
- What words indicate they could be lost?
    - He may not spare you either
If you continue in his goodness
    - You also will be cut off

12 - 1st Corinthians 15:1-2
- Which words indicate the Corinthians were saved?
    - Gospel...which also you received
    - And in which you stand
    - By which also you are saved
- Which words indicate the Corinthians could be lost?
    - If you hold fast that word
    - Unless you believed in vain
           - Mark 16:16
12 - Galatians 5:1,4
- What words indicate the Christians of Galatia were at one time saved?
    - Christ has made us free
    - You have become estranged from Christ
(one could not become estranged from Christ if they had not been in
      relation with Him).
- What words indicate the Christians of Galatia were or could be lost?
    - Do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage
    - You have become estranged from Christ
    - You have fallen from grace.

12 - Galatians 5:19-21
- Is it possible for Christians to commit the works of the flesh?
    - Yes
- What will be their condition if they do?
    - They will not inherit the kingdom of God.
12 - Colossians 1:21-23
- What words address the Colossians' former state?
    - Once were alienated and enemies in our mind by wicked works.
- What words address the Colossians' present state?
    - Now He has reconciled
    - Continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, not moved away from the hope of the gospel
- What words indicate the Colossians' state of reconciliation to God was conditional?
- If you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast
    - If you
continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast
    - If you...are not moved away from the hope of the gospel

12 - 1st Timothy 4:1
- What words indicate that some were in the faith?
    - Depart from the faith (one cannot depart from a place they have not been in)
- What words indicate that some could be lost?
- Some WILL depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons
12 - 1st Timothy 5:11-12, 15
- What had been the condition of these Christian widows?
    - They had been followers of Christ
    - Had their first faith
- What was their condition when Paul wrote this?
    - Condemned because they had cast off their first faith
    - Some had turned aside after Satan.
Were saved, but now lost

12 - Hebrews 2:1-3
- Who does the writer of Hebrews include in the warning?
    - The Hebrew Christian and himself
- What does he indicate is possible for them to do?
- Drift away (let them slip)
Neglect so great a salvation
- What would be the outcome if they drifted away?
    - Would not be able to escape their just reward.
12 - Hebrews 3:12
- What does the writer of Hebrews indicate is possible for a child of God to do?
    - Depart from the living God.        
- Where must one be before they CAN depart from the living God?
    - They must be in a relationship with God.
- Will God save one who has departed from Him with an evil heart of unbelief?
    - Luke 12:46
12 - Hebrews 6:4-6
- How are Christians, the saved, described in this passage?
    - Enlightened
    - Tasted the heavenly gift
    - Partakers of the Holy Spirit
    - Tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come
- What have these Christians become guilty of?
    - Falling away
    - Crucifying the Son of God again for themselves
    - Putting the Son of God to an open shame
- What does the Hebrew writer say is impossible?
    - To renew them again to repentance
- What will become of those who do not repent?
    - Luke 13:3
12 - Hebrews 10:26-31
- What words describe the saved condition of the Christian?
    - Have received the knowledge of the truth
    - Was sanctified
    - His people
- What words describe his now lost condition?
    - Sinned willfully
    - Has no sacrifice for sin remaining
    - Had nothing to look forward to but fearful expectation of judgment and devouring fiery indignation
    - Is now an adversary
    - Worse punishment than death without mercy
    - Has trampled the Son of God underfoot
    - Has counted the blood of the covenant (Christ's blood) a common thing
    - Has insulted the Spirit of grace
    - Vengeance and judgment from God
    - Falling into the hands of the living God, a fearful thing
- Does this one sound saved?