Can a child of God so sin as to be lost eternally? There are some who say one cannot be lost after he has obeyed the laws of their denomination. There are others who say that one can. Too often these teachings come from the teachings of man and not from the word of God. We should realize that the soul of man is at stake and that the answer must be in harmony with the word of God. We are to be judged by God’s word (Jn. 12:48). Let us note the following passages:
He may be cast forth as a branch and be burned (John 15:1-6). A weak brother can perish (1 Cor. 8:11). He may be a castaway (1 Cor. 9:27). He can believe the gospel in vain (1 Cor. 15:1-3). He can fall from grace by being justified by the law of Moses (Gal 5:4). He can be moved away from the hope (Col.1:23). He can be spoiled through deceit (Col. 2:8). He can depart from the faith (1 Tim. 4:1). He can become worse than an infidel (1 Tim. 5:8). He can turn aside after Satan (1 Tim. 5:15). He can depart from the living God (Heb. 3:12). He can have an evil heart of unbelief (Heb. 3.12). He can come short of the promise (Heb. 4:1). He can fall after example of unbelief (Heb. 4:11). He can draw back unto perdition and not save his soul (Heb. 10:38-39). He can fall short of the grace of God (Heb. 12:15). He can count the blood of Christ wherewith he was sanctified unholy (Heb. 10:29). He can trod under foot the Son of God (Heb.10:29). He can do despite unto the Spirit (Heb. 10:29). He can be beset by sin (Heb. 12:1). He can refuse him who speaks from heaven (Heb.12:25). He can be carried away with strange doctrines (Heb.13.9). He can fall into condemnation (Jam 5:12). He can err from the truth (James 5:19). He can deny the Lord that bought him (2 Pet. 2:1). He can forsake the right way (2 Pet. 2:14-15). He can turn from the Holy Commandment (2 Pet. 2:21). He can be led away with the error of the wicked (2 Pet 3:17). He can fall from steadfastness (2 Pet. 3:17). He can fail to keep himself in the love of God (Jude 21). He may become neither hot nor cold (Rev. 3:14-18). He can have his name removed from the book of life (Rev 22:19).
These are just some of the many places in the Bible that teach that one can fall from grace. The Bible does not teach that you cannot fall. This is a false doctrine taught only by man. We are warned many times throughout the Bible to beware of false teachers who can lead us from the truth (Mt 7:15 f; 1 Jn 4:1). We are going to stand in judgment some day to give account of the deeds we have done, whether they have been good or evil (2 Cor. 5:10). Christ will render to every man according to his deeds (Rom. 2:6). Are you ready to stand in judgment? “Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed unless he falls” (1 Cor. 10:12).