So...you want to lose your salvation. Well, you don’t
really want to lose it--but you think you have, or could, or that
someone you know certainly has lost theirs. They used to go to
church every service and teach a Sunday School class, but now they cuss
and drink and won’t step inside a church door. They were obviously saved
before. They are obviously lost now. So, they must have lost their salvation.
It’s as simple as that...or is it?
The idea of losing your salvation is simple.
All you have to do is lose everything you gained when you got saved.
Since you could never go to hell with anything you received when you
were saved, then everything you obtained through salvation must be either
reversed or destroyed. Then you can go to hell. So your next move is
to find the source which can tell you how to reverse these steps.
Well, if you are going to lose your salvation (just
bear with me if you want to keep yours), then you must lose it according
to the rules. The rule book is, of course, the word of God. You must
not rely on feelings, or common sense, or human reasoning. Feelings
can be wrong. Human thinking may not be God’s way (Isaiah 55:8-9). Only
God’s Word is the absolute authority.
This brings us to the fourteen easy steps for losing
your salvation. Since every one of these steps represents some
great blessing you received when you got saved, then all of these steps
must be completed without fail in order to lose your salvation. You
cannot miss any of them and become lost. You must accomplish them
all. Now It’s time to tackle that first step!
I. DECLARE GOD’S
GRACE AS INSUFFICIENT
This first step involves the basis of your salvation. When you accept Jesus Christ as Saviour, you are saved totally by the
grace of God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches:
by grace are ye saved through
and that not of yourselves:
is the gift of God: Not of works,
any man should boast.
Grace is defined as God’s unmerited favor. It
is God doing for you what you cannot do for yourself. Since you
cannot save yourself, God offers His gift of grace as the basis of your
salvation. This means you cannot save yourself by good works. Water
baptism, church membership, church confirmation, loving your neighbor,
and even the keeping of the ten commandments are all unable to give you
or anyone else a place in heaven.
Romans 3:20 states:
by the deeds of the law
shall no flesh be justified in his
by the law is the knowledge
Titus 3:5 declares:
by works of righteousness which
have done, but according to his mercy
saved us, by the washing of regeneration,
renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Now, since good works can do nothing to earn salvation
(see also Gal. 2:16; Phil. 3:9), then evil works can do nothing to remove
salvation. You are saved in spite of your sins; you cannot become
lost because of your sins. Since you are saved by grace, you can
only become lost by declaring God’s grace as insufficient for you. That
is the first step.
II. FIND THE
FAITH OF CHRIST TO BE FAULTY
Whereas the first step removed the basis of salvation--grace,
the second step is necessary to reverse the method of salvation--faith. Contrary
to popular belief, you are not saved by producing enough faith so that
God will accept you. Oh yes, you must believe. But your belief
is completed by the faith of Christ. Again, the Bible must be the
authority. Look once more at Ephesians 2:8:
by grace are ye saved through
and that not of yourselves:
is the gift of God:
You are saved by grace and through faith. But
that faith is not of yourself; it is the gift of God. Does
this mean that we are saved apart from our own decision to believe? Not
at all! Read carefully Galatians 2:16
that a man is not justified
the works of the law, but by the
of Jesus Christ, even we have
in Jesus Christ, that we
be justified by the faith of Christ,
not by the works of the law: for by
works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
You cannot be justified by the works of the law. But
you can be justified by the faith of Jesus Christ. This is not
faith in Christ, but the faith of Jesus Christ. But
in order to be justified by the faith of Christ, you must believe in Him. Sound
Look at Romans 3:22:
the righteousness of God which is
faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon
them that believe: for there is no difference:
Notice the wording carefully. The righteousness of
God is received on the basis of the faith of Jesus Christ. The faith of
Jesus Christ is given “unto all and upon all them that believe.” (See
also Philippians 3:9.)
Although you must believe to the best of your ability,
the perfect faith which provides for you a perfect salvation is the faith
of Christ. This means that there is no need to “pray through” or “hold
on” in order to get saved. We come to God in simple belief, and
He completes our faulty faith with the perfect faith of Christ. This
also means that you cannot become lost by losing faith. Although
your faith may waver at times, your salvation is based on the faith of
Christ. Therefore, the only way to lose your salvation is to find
the faith of Christ to be faulty. That completes the second step.
III. GET CHRIST
TO TAKE BACK HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS
This third step has to do with one of the great products
of your salvation--imputed righteousness.. This imputed righteousness
(that means righteousness placed on us from an outside source) involves
the most uneven swap in the universe. When you get saved, you trade
the rags of your sin for the robes of Christ’s righteousness. Let’s
consider this trade one part at a time.
When Christ died on the cross, He took our sins upon
Himself and paid for them in full. Galatians 3:13 reads:
hath redeemed us from the curse of the
being made a curse for us: for it is written,
is every one that hangeth on a tree:
II Corinthians 5:21 teaches:
he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew
sin; that we might be made the righteousness
God in him.
God the Father made God the Son (Jesus Christ--the
One who knew no sin) to be sin for us. That is, Christ took your
sins upon Himself when He died n the cross, so that you could take His
righteousness upon yourself when you accept Him as Saviour. When
you are saved, you are clothed in the righteousness of Christ (see 1Corinthians 1:30). When God the Father sees you, He sees you through the
blood of His Son. Therefore, you will never have to stand before
God in your own righteousness (Philippians 3:9). You are truly complete in Christ (Colossians 2:10).
This also means that you cannot become lost by losing
your own righteousness. Though your righteousness may fail from time
to time, the righteousness of Christ can never fail. In order to
lose your salvation, you must get Christ to take back His righteousness,
and you must take back upon yourself the sin for which He died. And
so the third step is completed.
IV. HAVE THE
PARDON REMOVED FROM YOUR SIN
You receive something very special when you accept
Christ. You receive a pardon for your sin greater than the pardon
any criminal ever received from any governor or president. This
pardon is based on none other than the shed blood of Christ.
Ephesians 1:7 declares:
whom we have redemption through
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according
the riches of his grace;
When you are quickened (or, made alive) together with
Christ, you are forgiven all trespasses: not just some or
most, but all! This is why the forgiveness which saved is
a completed act of the past and not a repeated act of the present.
Ephesians 4:32 reads:
be ye kind one to another,
forgiving one another,
as God for Christ’s sake hath
We are to be “forgiving” (present tense) others as
“hath forgiven” (past tense) us, not as He “forgives” (present tense)
us. God forgave all of your sins at salvation: past, present, and future. Therefore, there is no need for a continual forgiving of sins in order
to go to heaven. (NOTE: Of course, such complete forgiveness does
not remove the need to repent from sins committed after salvation. But
this daily cleansing of sins has no effect on salvation.)
Since you receive a full pardon at salvation, you
cannot become lost by committing unpardoned sins. There can be
no such thing for the saved person. Although you may sin and displease
God after your salvation, God knew when He saved you what you would do
and forgave you of those sins also. The only way out is to have
the pardon which you received at salvation removed from your sin. And
so ends step four.
V. CONVINCE THE
FATHER TO FAIL IN HIS COMMITMENT
The fifth step has to do with the safekeeping of your
soul. Before you are saved, you are the keeper of your own soul,
and you cannot do anything but fail in its keeping. But when you
get saved, you turn your soul over to the protection of another--God.
In II Timothy 1:12, Paul says:
the which cause I also suffer these
I know whom I have believed,
am persuaded that he is able to keep
which I have committed unto him against
In salvation, you gave up control of your own soul,
and turned its safe keeping over to God the Father. God is now committed
to the keeping of your soul to the end.
I Corinthians 1:8 declares:
shall also confirm you unto the end,
ye may be blameless in the day of our
Also read Philippians 1:6:
confident of this very thing, that he
hath begun a good work in you will
it until the day of Jesus C Christ:
Your confirmation unto the end and the performance
of the work in you until the day of Jesus Christ is in the hand of the
Therefore, you cannot
become lost by failing in your commitment to Christ. Since your
salvation is based on the commitment of God, the loss of personal commitment
would not affect your eternal destiny. No, the only way to lose
your salvation is to somehow get God to fail in His commitment. This
completes step five.