Can a person lose his salvation?


See also:

God’s Sovereignty and Our Free Will

Matthew 6:33
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The Centrality of God’s Kingdom, by Dr. Gary North

Dr. Gary North, Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew

A. The Centrality of God’s Kingdom
Jesus made it clear that seeking God’s kingdom is priority number
one for the individual. Most people today and in the past have not ac-
knowledged this fact, not even to themselves. They suppress the truth
that their own nature and the creation reveal about God (Rom. 1:18–25).
This does not mean that Jesus was wrong about mankind’s top
priority. It means only that most men are in rebellion against God.
Evangelical Christians too often believe that God’s top priority is
the salvation of men. This is a man-centered viewpoint, a kind of bap-
tized humanism for Christians. It makes them think that they are the
center of God’s concern. They are not. God is the center of God’s con-

The universe is theocentric.

If the salvation of men were God’s primary concern, then He is
surely suffering a massive program failure, for comparatively few people so far have been saved.
The glory of God, which includes hell (Luke
16:23) and the post-final judgment lake of fire (Rev. 20:15), is God’s
chief priority. The salvation of men is God’s means of extending His
kingdom in history, but the way in which it is built, which includes the
eternal destruction of those who oppose His kingdom, is part of God’s
decree. As Paul wrote, “For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for
this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power
in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he
will he hardeneth” (Rom. 9:17–18). The destruction of His enemies
glorifies God.

See:  The Centrality of God’s Kingdom, by Dr. Gary North

Hebrews 4:12
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword [the truth of the Word is a sword that convicts of sin, righteousness and judgment–what the Holy Spirit does], piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.


Ephesians 2:8-9
8 For by grace are ye saved [the soul—the gospel] through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast [this is the gospel—Jesus did it ALL—as Savior].
The soul is saved. The soul and salvation are words of time—this age (time outside the realm of eternity). The soul is in the blood. Lev. 17:11. These words are defined in the Greek and almost unbelievable the Hebrew words for soul have the same definition (also the same for the spirit).
We can do no works with respect to salvation. If we do, it is self-righteousness or legalism of the fleshly nature. But this is the gospel. I am talking about the gospel of the Kingdom.

The gospel is the Savior dying on the cross, shedding blood, arising as perfect (because He was sinless on earth) and ascending. This is the foundation of everything that we access solely by faith and faith alone. Jesus is the Savior; and this is the gospel. But this is NOT the gospel of the Kingdom where Jesus is King. In the Kingdom of Jesus there is another kingdom—the kingdom of the of the other god: Satan. The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of UNbelivers (not nonbelievers). 2 Corinthians 4:4. World in 2 Corinthians is incorrect because this deals with god of time (age) vs. God of eternity—salvation. World is the social order established by humans. Satan is the ruler of the world as Jesus stated three times. Satan is not the ruler of time—he is the god of time (this age). Being removed from the world and the world systems is the definition of sanctification where our 5 senses say no to the world system. We are denying our souls and taking up our cross and following Him to the Father. (The Greek language has numerous tenses but primarily two: the perfect past tense: He was crucified, and the present active tense: “And they that are Christ’s have crucified (are crucifying) the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Galatians 5:24. The requirement that we must be crucifying the flesh is NOT the gospel—it involves the gospel of the Kingdom. We are either in Satan’s kingdom or the kingdom of Jesus (or God the Father). To say a person is following the law or is self-righteous when he is crucifying the flesh is wrong because this has to do with which Kingdom are we in: Jesus or Satan. Which do we follow as ruler and king (not Savior)?


Ezekiel 3:20
20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezekiel 18:26
26 When a righteous man turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and dieth in them; for his iniquity that he hath done shall he die.

Zephaniah 1:1-10
1 The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah.
2 I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD.
3 I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumbling blocks with the wicked: and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.
4 I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off the remnant of Baal from this place, and the name of the Chemarims with the priests;
5 And them that worship the host of heaven upon the housetops; and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Malcham;
6 And them that are turned back from the LORD [a person cannot turn back unless he was with the Lord previously]; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him.
7 Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests.
8 And it shall come to pass in the day of the LORD’s sacrifice, that I will punish the princes, and the king’s children, and all such as are clothed with strange apparel.
9 In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.

2 Peter 2:20-22 (talking about teachers and prophets who fell away)
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world [being sanctified] through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it [THE WAY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Matthew 13:44-52. A person who is not in the Kingdom of God will not go to heaven. (Some say what about the man on the cross next to Jesus. Strange question because the man died immediately; and God is not a legalistic tyrant.)

Jesus is the Savior in the gospel–blood, cross and we believe only by faith (no work). But in the gospel of the Kingdom Jesus is the King (not Savior). The Kingdom involves the spirit, not the soul, and the breath not blood. Being saved allows us to “see” the Kingdom and then grow in the Kingdom through breath–being removed from the world (sanctification), denying the desires of the soul and taking up our cross (not His cross but our cross) and following Him to the Father, dealing with demons, putting on the armor, keeping commandment from love and much other work. We are chosen to go thru sanctification and when Jesus said that many are called but few are chosen it is because most refuse to continue going thru sanctification. (Perseverance and overcoming is required. Rev. 21:7; Hebrews 10: 36–notice endurance is needed so that when you have [when you have–must continue] done the will of God you MAY receive what was promised and what was promised is at Hebrews 9:15.) Regarding being chosen for sanctification See 1 Peter 2. Read it. And then confirmation (and there are other verses) at 2 Thessalonians 13–“But we should always give thanks to God for you brethren beloved by the Lord, because God has chosen you from the beginning for salvation THROUGH SANCTIFICATION by the Spirit [not the soul—breath] and faith in the truth.” And finally false teachers and prophets are discussed at 2 Peter 2 and who they are clearly described at 2 Peter 2:20-22 (they fell away). Sanctification is a process not an event. Being born again is an event (due to forgiveness of past sins), which is the gospel, that allows us to SEE the Kingdom of God. Hebrews 5:11-14 commands babies on milk to grow up (in the Kingdom) and one of the reasons is that they do not know the difference between good and evil. Hebrews 6:1-2 commands to leave (grow up) the 6 elementary doctrines and then describes in verses 4-5 describes enlightened people who tasted the heavenly gift and made partakers of the Holy Spirit, tasted the good word of God and the powers of the coming age (these people were saved and WERE in the Kingdom of God) and then verse 6 says they fell away and it is impossible for them to be brought back to repentance. The Greek word used for falling away in this verse is not used again anywhere in the New Covenant. It means a slow falling away.

Being initially saved relates to past sins only. See 1 Cor. 15:1-2 and 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (quoted above).

Matthew 13:44Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.13:47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:13:48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world [age]: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,13:50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.13:51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.13:52 Then said he unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of his treasure things new and old.

Matthew 13:24-30
24 Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Matthew 13:37-43
37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;
38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world [age]; and the reapers are the angels.
40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world [age].
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom [cannot be in the Kingdom without the soul having been saved] all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them [that offend] into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
A person cannot untie his shoe if the shoe was not first tied.

If a person is an “nontier” of shoes, then he never tied any shoes.

A nonbeliever is not the same as an unbeliever.

A person cannot be an unbeliever if he was not first a believer.


Is it worse to be a nonbeliever or unbeliever?  I will let the reader answer that question:

2 Peter 2:20-22

20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.


For anyone who believes in the once saved always saved false doctrine look at Judas Iscariot. Most will say that Judas was never saved. That is not true. Look at his situation: “And they prayed and said, ‘You Lord, who know the hearts of all men, show which one of these two You have chosen to occupy this ministry and apostleship from which Judas TURNED ASIDE  to go to his own place.”‘  Acts 1:24-25.

Jesus choose Judas for the ministry of Jesus and as an apostle.

And a person cannot “turn aside” unless he turned away from: The Lord’s ministry and from his being an apostle. Judas became an unbeliever. He was not a nonbeliever (never saved). He became an Unbeliever.

The once saved always saved doctrine was refuted by three of Paul’s students–and MANY Scriptures in the Bible, which I have included in numerous papers that I have written over the past 20 plus years. It is the most false doctrine I know.

The once saved always saved doctrine is a false theological doctrine. A person cannot fall away unless he was first saved. 2 Peter 2:20-22 [2 Peter 2 is about false teachers; and they are the ones who fell away and became UNbelievers]; Hebrews 6:4-6; Ezekiel 18:24, 26; 1 Corinthians 15:1-3 and many, many more Scriptures.

Romans 8:1
1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”
This verse apparently has no meaning for those under the once saved, always saved doctrine. Because this man-made doctrine states that if one is really saved, then he will walk after the Spirit. And this doctrine states if one was not really saved, then he will not walk after the Spirit. So, this doctrine says that when one is first saved, that this is an event, condition and location: the event of first being saved causes the condition of always being saved. In other words, the “location” of being saved was on that date in which one was first saved (and born again) that provided the condition of always being saved. This is not what the Bible says and those who hold to this once saved, always saved doctrine do not know the difference in the soul and the spirit and the difference in the gospel and the gospel of the Kingdom.

Romans 8:1 is just one of hundreds of warnings in the Bible—to believers (and believers must be saved and born again). This verse clearly says “which are in Christ Jesus” but continues with “who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” I also remind you that the soul (will, intellect, emotions—the mind) is saved. The soul is NOT the spirit. The soul is in the blood. Lev. 17:11. The Spirit is in the breath, not the blood. The spirit is NOT the soul. The soul is of this age—time that is outside the realm of eternity. The spirit involves no time—now, now, now and now. The spirit is of eternity—outside the realm of time.

If you are saved and always saved, then why are there so many warnings to “brethren”? And in order to fit Roman 8:1 in this false doctrine of once saved always saved, the verse must read as follows: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WALK AFTER THE FLESH, BUT AFTER THE SPIRIT.” This is NOT what Roman 8:1 says.

1 Corinthians 15:1-3
1Moreover, brethren [not sinners], I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved [the soul], if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
Galatians 3:1-10
1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched [witchcraft—evil-eyed] you, that ye should not obey the truth [obedience comes through being sanctified—1 Peter 1:2–those who are chosen; and God chose us to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and belief in the truth–2 Thessalonians 2:13]), before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you [read carefully because these people had the SPIRIT]?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? [their souls were saved but look at their spirits now]
4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
The above is included to show that saved people (and who have received the Spirit) can come under witchcraft. (Isa Bajalia discusses this on my blog—Audio). They were made to believe that they could earn their righteousness (gospel) and stopped going through sanctification—see verse 1

Isa Bajalia and Richard Duke–Galatians 3:1-10: Who Has Bewitched You? PART ONE–AUDIO

Isa Bajalia and Richard Duke–Galatians 3:1-10: Who Has Bewitched You? PART TWO–AUDIO

Language is clear if one simply reads what it says and ONLY looks for further interpretation from Scripture but NOT MAN’S INTERPRETATION. Many Scriptures interpret Romans 8:1, such as 2 Peter 2:20-22 (stating that false teachers in 2 Peter 2, are those who fell away) and also the following:
1 Corinthians 15:1-2 (quoted above)–
1 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, IF ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.”
Regarding: unless you have believed in vain: You cannot have believed in vain unless you first believed. One cannot untie his shoe unless it was tied. For those who say that this may mean that one always believed in vain, please read the verses again. This is addressed to “Brethren” not nonbelievers. And it also says the those brethren both received and took their stand (with respect to the gospel). Verse 2 clearly states that you re saved IF the conditions are met: One keeps in memory (that is not an event of being saved but a continuous keeping in memory the gospel—death, burial and resurrection of Jesus); and if one does not keep this in memory then he will have believed in vain.
Much of man-made doctrine has to change the plain meaning of Scripture. Man makes doctrine. One can interpret Scripture only with other Scriptures. If no Scripture changes the plain meaning of a verse, then that verse means what it says.
As Derek Prince often stated: Being initially saved allows one to be cleansed from all PAST sins (soul) by the blood and to be born again (spirit). But being saved is not an event, condition or location. Being saved is a process:
Philippians 2:12
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 trembling.”
2 Thessalonians 2:13
13 “But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth
Being saved is not an event, condition or location (except for the initial date of being saved so that one was born again) but a process in time (of this age). When born again, one is a baby in the Christ. And we are warned to grow up:
Hebrews 5:11-15
11 “Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” If one remains a baby, he cannot know the difference in good and evil. Remember this person was saved and born again.
And the consequence of failing to grow up:

Hebrews 6:1-6
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 And this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Once saved, always saved is a false, man-made, theological doctrine. Those who believe in this doctrine do not know the difference in the soul (of time—this age, which is outside the realm of eternity) and the spirit (of eternity, which is outside the realm of time and this age). Time (this age) has a past, present and future. Eternity (the spirit) has no past or future—it is only now. We must be denying the soul (daily) and taking up our cross and following Him. Luke 9:23. This false doctrine says that those who are in the Kingdom, following the King, are self-righteous. No! Those in the Kingdom are warring against demons, curses, etc. We are called to suffer for Christ. Because He suffered in the flesh, arm your souls to also suffer in the flesh. This is NOT the gospel; this is the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM!

Those who go through sanctification—a process as the Greek words make clear. And those who stop going through sanctification will be removed from the Kingdom of God. Listen to the above because I quote the Scriptures.

Matthew 13:41-42.
41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom [cannot be in the Kingdom without the soul having been saved] all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;
42 And shall cast them [that offend] into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called [here it covers many are called but few are chosen; they are chosen because they are going through sanctification]:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.
3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints [notice they are no longer earnestly contending for the faith].
4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [cheap grace that Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt [1 Corinthians 10], afterward destroyed them that believed not.
6 And the angels [have only spirits, not souls—yet they left God] which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
1 Corinthians 10:1-12
10 Moreover, brethren [believers], I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown [the word is clear—they were okay initially] in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play [having a great time—as David Wilkerson shows in his message*].
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
* David Wilkerson – Jezebel [False Doctrine]

Man had better deal with Romans where Paul states that many are called. Next sentence: many are predestined and called. But Jesus threw a wrench into this statement. Many are called but FEW ARE CHOSEN. So man had better find out what that means—FROM THE SCRIPTURES, NOT WHAT MAN SAYS-
Richard Duke–Many are called but few are chosen. Audio


Matthew 7:6
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend [rhegnumi] you.

Rhegnumi means:

1) to rend, burst or break asunder, break up, break through
1a) to tear in pieces
1b) to break forth
1b1) into joy, of infants or dumb persons beginning to speak
1c) to distort, convulse
1c1) of a demon causing convulsions in a man possessed
1c2) to dash down, hurl to the ground (a common occurrence in
cases of demon possession and epilepsy)

Matthew 10:14-15
14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
15 Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.

Matthew 24:10

And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.


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