Can You Lose Your Salvation? What Is Unforgivable Sin?

Yes, unfortunately Christians can indeed lose their salvation. (see further down for biblical proof, but before that, let me reassure you first)

However, you can be certain that you can keep your salvation NOW and find out how you can make sure you keep it – just read on!

Anyone can fall from any height. As long as we are on earth, we have to be careful lest we are disqualified. (1 Cor 9:27)

If you find this webpage because you are afraid of losing your salvation, do not fear! You must believe in God’s infinite power to forgive!

It doesn’t matter how addicted you are to certain sins, or how many times you have repented of these sins already, but you keep sinning again – as long as you repent sincerely and genuinely want to stop sinning, the Lord will forgive you at your first sign of repentance. (Luke 17:3)

If you think you have committed the unforgivable sin, then you didn’t. But, if you insist that God won’t forgive you for whatever blaspheme thoughts or words that you think you have committed against the Holy Trinity, you are in grave danger of hell simply because of unbelief.

Although we have become born again Christians, we must continue to believe in God’s forgiveness through faith in Christ to stand firm. (Gal 5:4; 1 Cor 15:1)

In other words, if you stop believing in God’s forgiveness through faith in Christ, you lose your salvation until you can believe again. So please stick with your faith.

Many Christians are suffering because they worried they might have committed the unforgivable sin. Some have gone so far that they became convinced that Christ had given up on them, so they rejected Christ and joined the dark side! This is exactly a self-fulfilling prophecy!

These renegade Christians believe their feelings of fears, and outward signs that seem to convince them that they have passed the “point of no return”, instead of believing in God’s promises of salvation and Christ’s forgiveness. If one believes in outward signs and feeling more than he or she believes in Christ’s infinite grace and forgiveness, he or she has officially fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4-6)

Unless they repent of the sin of unbelief, and once again place their trust on God’s promise of salvation, forgiveness, and grace, they will not regain their salvation.

But any time they go back to God and seek forgiveness through faith in Christ, God is able to forgive them of any sin.

I learned that people who are fearful of the unpardonable sin often need as many proof as they can find to ascertain themselves that they can indeed be forgiven, here is an extremely useful article for those who are extremely worried about the unpardonable sin:

Unforgiveable? The Unpardonable sin of Blasphemy Against the Holy Ghost

If you are still worried about the unpardonable sin after you have read my post and the link I gave you above, go to Testimonies of Christians who found forgiveness after being sure they had blasphemed the Holy Spirit and committed the unpardonable sin for many more articles of real Christians who have gone so far from God because they thought they have blasphemed the Holy Spirit, but found forgiveness after.

This worry can escalate to the point of mental illness. If you find intrusive thoughts of blasphemy raging in your mind, it is possible that you have developed a clinical disorder known as the Religious Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Fortunately, once you know the cause of ROCD by reading the articles through the above links, you will see recovery very quickly.

Now let’s see what kind of traps can get Christians into hell so we can all avoid them.

Two Types Of Christians Who Ended Up In Hell After They Crossed Over

  1. Christians who deliberately sinned till the end of their life after they have become born again, because they thought God would look at the other way when they sinned since they thought they were “once saved, always saved”. They refused to repent from certain “pet sins”. They had grieved the Holy Spirit and quenched Him (1 Thess 5:19) Their conscience were seared by sins by the time they died. (1 Tim 4:2)
  2. Christians who thought God won’t forgive them, so they stopped believing in Christ through faith. Forgiveness is not automatic. We must receive it by faith. Anytime we add anything extra to the gospel we risk falling from grace (Gal 5:4; Gal 1:6-9). For example, Christians who were once saved, and later added extra requirement to salvation such as performance of good deeds would end up in hell when they crossed over, because they believed in “a different gospel”. (Gal 1:6-9) Anytime we disbelieve in forgiveness in Christ through faith, we lose our salvation unless we believe again. (Gal 5:4; 1 Cor 15:1)

In fewer words: Christians will end up in hell if, by the time they die, they still refuse to repent from their pet sins, OR they still believe their sins can’t be forgiven.

We don’t need to experience a 100% sinless life before we are allowed into heaven, but we have to be sincerely wanting to be free and genuinely repenting from all sin – at least before we die and cross over.

However, if someone plans to repent on death bed, that leads to two major problems – first, he doesn’t know when he is going to die, and second, his repentance is probably insincere, after many years of active sinning it would be hard for him to genuinely want to stop sinning. We can’t mock God. (Gal 6:7)

666 – The Mark Of The Beast: A Biblical Example Of How Christians Lose Salvation

Christians who get left behind will face the anti-Christ after the Rapture, and they will have to endure the great Tribulation – which is the final seven years of earth, with all the intense suffering that the world has never seen before. At some point during the Tribulation, the anti-Christ and his false prophet will force everyone to take a mark of the beast on his forehead, or on his right hand. (Rev 13:15-17) Anyone who takes the mark of the beast is going to hell.

Rev 14:9-13

9A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, 10he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. 11And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 12This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. 13Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” 

When God says anyone who worships the beast is going to Hell, He means anyone – including Christians.

During the Tribulation, Christians who happen to remain on earth will face intense persecutions.

For those who refuse to take the mark of the beast, chances are the anti-Christ government will have torture programs instated for them. The demonic government is not going to let their enemies die so easily. Remember, during the Tribulation the demonic army of Satan will be on earth without major restraint from God (2 Thess 2:7; Rev 12:9; Rev 12:12).

The Tribulation will be terrible! But there is an escape; the only way out is the Rapture. In the Rapture, the Lord will harvest selected Christians from around the world and take them up to heaven (1 Thess 4:15-18), and shortly after the Rapture the Tribulation will commence.

Be prepared for the Rapture because it can happen anytime soon. Being a born again Christian doesn’t guarantee we can join the Rapture, but only those of us who keep the words of Christ will qualify. (Rev 3:10)

If Jesus thinks you are ready for the Rapture, you can be certain that you are also ready for Heaven anytime should you die and cross over. But if by any chance you find yourself getting left behind, repent completely, so you can at least go to heaven if you die during the Tribulation.

If you do get left behind for whatever reason, remember don’t take the mark of the beast 666 no matter what! Some Christians will say “God will understand. God will forgive”, but they are putting greater trust on their assumptions than on God’s explicit warning. Their chance of getting away with eternal punishment is zero.

Christians, listen to what God said! Love truth, not make true of what we love.

*Caution* The following section is for those who might be tempted to “beat the system” – by trying to sin, and yet still try to get into heaven by being a born again Christian. I know a lot of people, including myself, who sometime entertain the idea that a little unconfessed and unrepented sin here and there is OK. This is an extremely dangerous way of thinking. See the Bible verses and explanation below.

If you are not in this category, but are among those who fear you might have become unforgivable, then go straight to the links at the bottom for more articles that tell you that you are forgivable.

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Other Scripture Passages That Say A Christian Can Lose His Salvation:

1. Unforgiveness

But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses. Mark 11:26

If you die at the time when you harbor bitterness toward someone, which means you withhold forgiveness from that person, the Father will not forgive you as well. If you refuse to forgive even after you die, it means you  die in unforgiveness, i.e. You die in sin! Will you still go to heaven if the Father doesn’t forgive you?

2. Believing in good work rather than salvation through faith in Christ only

You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. Galatians 5:4

Some new Christians were indeed saved by grace, but later they got deceived by cult such as the Mormon and Jehovah Witness. These cults preach a “different gospel” (Gal 1:6-9), and the result for anyone who believe in a “different gospel” is “fallen from grace”.

What is a “different gospel”? It is a gospel that preaches anything other than believing through faith in Christ, an example of a “different gospel” would be salvation by faith plus good deeds, or something other than faith.

We are saved by grace, through faith in Christ. If we are fallen from grace, that means we lose our salvation, unless we repent and go back to the pure gospel and hold on to it. ( 1 Cor 15:1)

3. Disobey God’s will

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’ Matthew 7:21-23

We all fail to obey God many times. That’s inevitable because of our ignorance, weakness, and foolishness. But if God sends us explicit warnings and rebukes us through His faithful servants, but we insist on disobedience and keep it that way until we die, we are in grave danger of hell when we cross over.

It doesn’t matter how many souls we have saved, how much we have served God, or how many good works we have done: If we don’t do God’s will, all our good works are just filthy rags. (Isaiah 64:6)

4. Deliberately keep on sinning

26If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[d] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[e] 31It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31

One can only lose his salvation by unrepentance or false repentance on deathbed. If a Christian plans to use Christ’s sacrifice to sin willfully and get away with hell, his repentance is false, and God is not mocked (Gal 6:7).

God isn’t a computer program which has bugs you can take advantage of. You can’t beat the system by taking advantage of His provision.

In addition, sin can blind and deceive its slave (Ephesians 4:17-18; Hebrews 3:13). It can also harden the transgressor’s heart. (Hebrews 3:13)

I believe that’s why the Scripture said “no sacrifice for sins is left” for those who deliberately keeps on sinning, because the sinner has already seared his conscience by deliberately sinning and he can no longer truly repent. (Hebrews 10:26; 1 Timothy 4:2)

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What if you have deliberately sinned?

You have to be very deliberate to be able to “deliberate sinning” to the point where you can no longer truly repent.

Every time we consciously sin such as ignoring the speed limit when we drive, or lust after someone and decide to satisfy our lust with more dark deeds in private, we are “deliberately sinning”.

No Christians on earth has never deliberately sinned before. Most sins began with conscious decisions, albeit under heavy pressures of temptations.

Don’t worry if you are addicted to certain sins. If you are struggling with sins but sincerely repent every time, then it’s not deliberately sinning. Sometimes God allows us to be tortured by sins for reasons such as training our faith, humbling us, or reminding us to rely on Him.

As long as we have “today”, we are to ask God to deliver us from traps of sins and ask for His grace to experience total freedom. (Hebrews 3:7-15) Don’t ever compromise and let your addictions reign – no matter how much pains the addictions have caused you.

5. Returning to the Pre-Saved days

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:20

If a Christian re-commits himself once again to the old lifestyle he had before his conversion, the Scripture says his condition is worse than before.

The consequences of sins for him will be heavier than prior while on earth, and if he dies in that condition without returning to God, he will suffer much more than unbelievers and more than he would have had had he not become a Christian in the first place. (Hebrews 11:24)

If You Worried You Might Have Committed The Unforgivable Sin

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Extremely comforting words that explain why you and I are forgivable as long as we repent NOW

Good Precautions You Can Take To Minimize The Chance For you To Die In Sins

Anyone can fall from any height. No matter how many souls we have brought to Christ, or how spiritual we have become, if we die in sin, big sin or small sin, we can jeopardize our eternal rewards and even our salvation.

No amount of precautions can bring you to heaven, only forgiveness through faith in Christ can. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

But here I like to give you some articles and suggestions of precautions you can take to prevent hardening of heart and searing of conscience by sin, to keep you qualified for the Rapture, and to prevent a prolonged window of time when you could die in sins.

First, practice the way of love, for he who has the love of God has no reasons to fear anything or stumble in darkness. (1 John 2:10; 1 John 4:17-18) Ultimately, the commandments to love God and love others will make you bullet proof!

Second, practice the presence of God daily and walk in the Spirit!

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  1. saikit

    “In addition, I never disagreed with the blogger. ”

    You clearly are, but you chose to be passive aggressive about it. Let me give you a hint, if people see through your intention and bring your aggression into the open, then admit it. You are the only one who is not realizing that most people who read your previous comment see through it, so don’t bother to confuse us with “wow, you put words into my mouth”

    “Funny how you took my saying “What we SHOULD do is reach the ones that do not know Christ at all.” made it all…”

    No one twisted any word of yours. You want us to stop debating “one another” and reach those who “do not know Christ at all”. You are actually saying, as long as someone has at least heard of Christ or proclaim themselves as ones who know Christ or call him Lord, then we are causing division and losing track if we debate with them. In other words, aren’t you saying that as long as anyone call Jesus as Lord then he or she is a REAL Christian and we are not supposed to debate with that person?

    “We should not be using scripture to ‘prove’ who’s right and wrong.”

    Your hypocracy is clear as day. You are protecting wolves who hide themselves under sheep skins. Let’s not debate with one another… blah blah blah. Who are you to say who is our own?

  2. Jennifer

    I really enjoyed this article. I feel that people have a misconception about salvation and how it works. Salvation is a free gift and it is forever but only if you live a godly life. No one says that you will be perfect, but you have to understand that there is a difference between falling short of God’s glory and willfully sinning. Willful sin will send any Christian or sinner to Hell. When you know something is wrong and you do it anyway with no remorse, that is willful sin. If a Christian can’t lose their salvation then why did Paul say that we have to crucify the flesh daily?

  3. saikit

    Hi Jennifer. I am glad to hear that. You pretty much summed it up. One thing to add though, hidden, unknown sins can be just as deadly, since we can subconsciously decide to skip the conscience, and make ourselves “forget” about those sins. The truth is, we are still hidding those sins and God might not let that go. We can learn from King David, who prayed for forgiveness of his hidden sins. The Holy Spirit can sometime bring to our minds our hidden sins and help us repent of those sins. See my article “Can Unknown Sin Keep You from Heaven?”

  4. robert

    People, read your bibles, watch out for ANYONE that twists scripture and go spread Gods word to the unbelievers. Tonya: you are so right here.

    We all..even us who already stay in the bible need to read it more. You will never get wisdom and understanding with your bible on the table looking good. Yes our whole mission here with each other is to find out just which of us our going to be true to the word of god. So even with all the pit falls of todays world. A true lover of god will find away to love all, cause that is what god wants from us.

  5. Stan Livingston

    I have read several of your articles. I agree with most of what you write but I think you are in error on the loss of salvation. Those who are truly saved can never lose their salvation (John 10:28,29). I do agree that most if not all saved (i.e., true Christians) continue to sin after being saved but a saved person will be aware of his/her sins and not only seek forgiveness but work to right the wrong as well as work to change their ways (2Cor 5:17). The Calvinist acronym TULIP is well-proved and speaks to (true)salvation being preserved (the “P” stands for perseverance of the saints). To believe that God, whose perfect will was applied to electing one to salvation, could lose an elect would be to believe that God is not sovereign.

  6. Lourens

    I find this topic very fascinating. The Bible clearly says that when you are (truly)born again then you are made the righteousness of God through Christ. Now, I would like you to tell me what can we do on this earth to influence or change the righteousness of God? Is there really any “sin” that I can commit that can make God’s very own righteousness unrighteous? Note sin in inverted commas.

    Maybe we must look at what sin is first. Sin is breaking the Law. Jesus came to fulfill the Law and 2 Cor 5:21 also says that God made Jesus sin(to BE all of sin, not a sinner) Jesus became all of the wrongs we as humans do concentrated into one. When Jesus died, sin died. When we accept Jesus as Savior and we are born again from above according what Jesus says in Matt 3 then we are not sinners anymore but a new creation. 2 Cor 5:17. Among other places in the New Testament we find in 1 John 3:9 the Word says “Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.”

    If it is imposable for us as real born-again Christians to sin then what do we call it when we do things we should not? Paul calls it “works of the flesh” and it is clear that doing the works of the flesh has dire consequences to the Christian’s walk with God. Gal 5:19 says we will not inherit(or take part of)the Kingdom of God. That Kingdom is the one we life in here on earth. Do not expect the promises, provision etc. of God to be part of your life if you continue to do the works of the flesh.

    A question we should ask though if we still have a “desire” to sin is, if we are really born again and been made a new creation? Paul talks lots of doing things he did not want to do but still did it in Rom 7. The important factor is however he “did not want to do it” The new born-again-creature do not WANT to sin anymore.

    Can you remember how God hanged you when you were born again. So many things in life that always seemed to be ok to do all of a sudden did not feel to right anymore. It is a process that will continue for the rest of our Christian lives here on earth. More and more you want to do less wrong and do more things to please God. That is the new creature operating in you.

    But if you still want to sin you should truly accept the Son of God as your Savior so that the Holy Spirit can confirm your salvation to you in your heart. You will change. You will become a new creature. Then Rom 8:38 will also apply to you. Nothing can separate you from the Love of God.

  7. Joy Isaiah Michael

    Dear People I totally disagree with the subject that a BORN-AGAIN Holy Ghost REGENERATED CHRISTIAN can loose his /her salvation. I fully believe in Eternal Security because I have been through the process where anybody would have have thought that I had lost my salvation. I was saved at the age of 12 and thought that life would be happy ever afterwards. From the age of 17 I went into a backslidden state. It went on for 26 years. I was literally hammered by God my Father or chastised is the Bible word for it Hebrews 11:3-15. I did not even have the faintest inkling of what was happening. My own family thought I was having a severe run of bad luck and unlucky stars. They tried everything from astrologers to visiting holy places etc. I got married and had a son. He also was falling sick on and often, so much so we had to keep doctors fees ready or him any time of day. We went through a financial strain without a penny in the bank. Then I got a job and read my Holy Bible in secret in Saudi Arabia. At the same time God prepared my wife a staunch Roman Catholic to receive his Son as her saviour. From there my son started getting well and he is in good health now. When turned back to God after 26 years like the prodigal son He accepted me back. Rejoice and rejoice always. Romans 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come.Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Yes dear born again brothers we tend to forget the LOVE OF GOD AND HIS SON JESUS CHRIST WHO DIED TO SAVE OUR SOULS AND WAS RESURRECTED TO SAVE OUR SINFUL BODIES. GALATIANS 2:20 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. HIS FAITH STRENGTHENS US AND HIS LOVE FEEDS AND HIS FAITH KEEPS US SAVED NOT YOURS.
    JOY

  8. Joy Isaiah Michael

    Correction Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

  9. Joy Isaiah Michael

    Dear Friends, The question here is Can a Christian lose his salvation? ETERNAL SECURITY – Does a Born Again regenerated Christian Have eternal security? YES its God;s gift. My personal testimony is proof of that. I was saved at the age of 12 and I thought that life was happy ever afterwards. I went into a back slidden state from the age of 17. It went on for 26 years. I was literally hammered by God my Father for 26 years, chastised is the word for it Hebrews 12:3-15. Nobody could understand what was happening to me not even my own family. They thought I was having a run of severe bad luck and black unlucky stars. We went to various religious places and done various unwanted things. If we go by the comments anybody would think that I had lost my salvation. I got married and had a son. My wife came from a staunch Catholic family. We used to worship idols all the time and go for various religious festivals. What would any one say? Loss of salvation or not–? I glorify Jesus Christ that I never lost my salvation. Backslidden yes. My son used fall sick every now and then so much so we had to keep separate money for the doctor for emergencies due to my son’s sickness. We went through desperate financial straights. There was not a penny in the bank. I went through 3 bad accidents on my bike and twice people thought I was dead. Then I got a job in Saudi Arabia. I thought I should take a Bible and read it. I read it in secret in Saudi for 2 years. Praise God for small mercies and EVERLASTING LOVE, he slowly made me understand my mistakes and accepted back his long lost prodigal son. At the same time he prepared my staunch Catholic wife to accept his only begotten Son as her Saviour. When She accepted we lost our property and worldly goods. We were ostracized by our families. We threw out all our idols at my wife’s instructions. You want trouble– try that in a strong Catholic family. My son’s sickness went away and he is healthy now. He has accepted Christ as his personal saviour. Sometimes he backslides but we leave it in God’s hand. Life is not easy but we have God on our side. I AM FULLY ASSURED OF THE LOVE OF CHRIST AND THAT NOTHING CAN SEPARATE ME FROM TH LOVE OF GOD. ROMANS 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. HAVE YOU SUCH AN ASSURANCE — BLESSED ASSURANCE JESUS IS MINE, O WHAT A FORETASTE OF GLORY DIVINE. GALATIANS 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: neverthless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. WE LIVE BY THE FAITH OF THE SON OF GOD — HIS LOVE FEEDS US — HIS FAITH STRENGTHENS OUR WEAK FAITH — HE DIED TO SAVE OUR SOULS – HE WAS RESURRECTED BY THE GLORY OF THE FATHER TO GLORIFY OUR RESURRECTED BODIES. NOTHING WE CAN DO OF OURSELVES OR BY OUR WORKS. IT IS THE HOLY GHOST WHO WORKS IN US. SIMPLY REST IN CHRIST JESUS. REMEMBER THREE THINGS A BORN AGAIN CHRISTIAN CAN DO WRONG 1) MISINTERPRET SCRIPTURE 2) DISLOCATE SCRIPTURE 3) MISAPPLICATE SCRIPTURE — DO NOT BE INVOLVED IN SUCH WORKS — FOR WE MUS ALL APPEAR BEFORE THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST TO BE JUDGED FOR OUR WORKS. IT WOULD BE SHAMEFUL NOT TO RECEIVE A REWARD IN FRONT OF MILLION OF BELIEVERS OR OUR ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
    JOY ISAIAH MICHAEL

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