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Is a Christian Able to Lose their Salvation?
Fickle 1As a Christian, can you lose your salvation? This is a question that has been sought after in the church for many years. It has been studied by many experts in the field which has now led to many differing viewpoints on the subject. It is my belief that you cannot lose your salvation and I will attempt to prove this using scripture. The main debate occurs between people who are Calvinist and are Arminiest. Unfortunately, this is a topic like so many others that we can’t truly know the answer until we can ask God ourselves in heaven. A topic in similar accord is can salvation be earned. This can be a misconception for a lot of people who think that their works for God are great, but miss Jesus in the process. The book of Romans tells us that our works are like filthy rags in the eyes of God. In this essay I will hold the argument that Salvation cannot be earned or lost, because if that is true, did you ever have it from the start?The Ransom Theory is a philosophical foundation for salvation that is about what Jesus did on the cross for everyone. Some have a point of view as Jesus giving some ransom to the Devil for our sins. What is misunderstood about this statement is that Jesus doesn’t owe the Devil anything. As put by Ligonier Ministries,1“Yet this bondage is the result of God’s sovereignpermission and does not originate from the power of Satan. This enslavement is a consequence of the debt sinners have incurred against God.” In other words, Jesus never owed the Devil nor humanity anything, but chose to redeem humanity in the sight of God by taking our place on the cross. That would be the philosophical explanation for salvation. This reasoning is backed up in Matthew 6:12 which says, 2“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This verse continues to confirm that Jesus is whom we owe our sins to, not the Devil.1 "Ligonier Ministries." Ligonier Ministries. Accessed April 06, 2017. - ransom-theory/. 2 “The Holy Bible, NIV” Mark 6:12