Surprisingly, one of our prayer warriors just asked me that question via email a short while ago. I'll enclose my reply and some links for you.
This is one of the toughest question and until now, I
am still struggling with this issue.
Okay, what I believe. I believe that we are saved
through grace and through the finished work of the
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God
hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made
All we need to do is confess and believe and the bible
says that through this, we will be saved.
Some of us may still be struggling with our sin once
we are saved and I believe that as we continue our
walk with God, we do not need to revert back to having
to work for our salvation. It is a free gift and we
cannot depend on anything but the finished work of the
1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that
ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus
Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the
Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are
ye now made perfect by the flesh?
We are to continue in the Spirit and not through our
flesh. Not trying to work out our salvation with our
However, having said that, many people receive Christ
and are saved but they are just delivered out of their
Egypt. God wants us to move on to the promised land.
Moses delivered the people from Egypt but Joshua took
them into the promised land. Many people do not want
to go on with the Word and with God and take hold of
the promises of God and that is not what God intends
for us in our lives.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed,
not as in my presence only, but now much more in my
absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will
and to do of his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons
of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and
perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may
rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in
vain, neither laboured in vain.
We are not to take our salvation for granted and live
like sons of God. We might have danger of falling into
apostasy and of rejecting the Son.
[1 Timothy 4:1-2]
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the
latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving
heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their
conscience seared with a hot iron;
So, it is possible to depart from the faith and to go
away from God. But people who apostasize are people
who have their conscience seared with a hot iron. They
are no longer open to God or the things of God. It is
possible for people to back-slide and yet be open and
come back to God. That is not apostasy and they do not
lose their salvation. Apostasy is departing from the
faith and hardening our hearts until we no longer
desire or become open to God.
This is my perspective. I am not an expert on this, so
don't take my word for it. Study the scriptures and
ask God for revelation.
The following is an interesting article by Graham Pockett: