Is it impossible for a Christian to fall from grace? Some denominational churches teach this is true. Some refer to it as “once saved, always saved.” However, is this doctrine biblical or man-made? Let’s look into God’s Word for the answer.
If it is impossible for a Christian to fall from God’s grace, would God warn His children about the possibility of falling from grace? Of course not! It is not necessary to warn someone about something that cannot happen. The denominational world tells us that Christians cannot fall from grace. Yet, the Bible warns us in numerous places about its possibility.
Take Note Of These Verses:
“Wherefore let him that think he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor 10:12 )
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law you are fallen from grace” (Gal 5:4).
“Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil” (1 Tim 3:6).
“Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into the reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Tim 3:7).
“Let us labor therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief” (Heb 4:11).
“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” (Heb 6:6).
“But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest you fall into condemnation” (Jam 5:12).
“Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if you do these things, you shall never fall” (1 Pet 1:10).
“You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things before, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness” (1 Pet 3:17).
Why would the Holy Spirit waste His time discussing something that cannot happen? Why would He warn of a danger that will never pertain to the child of God? The reality is that God warned about it so many times because it is a very real possibility. God’s children can fall from grace!
Biblical Examples of Falling From Grace
The first is found in Acts 8. Philip the evangelist had entered into the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them (Acts 8:5). One that heard Philip’s preaching was a sorcerer named Simon (Acts 8:9). Philip’s message pricked the heart of this sorcerer, and he obeyed the gospel. “Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done” (Acts 8:13).
According to Jesus, Simon was a saved man at this point in time. (Mk 16:16). When the apostles heard of the conversion of the Samaritans, they sent Peter and John so they could lay hands on them and impart unto them the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17). “And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Spirit ” (Acts 8:18-19).
Peter’s response to this man was sharp and to the point. He left no doubt that Simon was in danger of being lost. “But Peter said unto him, your money perishes with you because you have thought the gift of God may be purchased with money” (Acts 8:20). Peter exhorted Simon to repent and pray to God for the forgiveness of his sins (Acts 8:22). Here was a new convert who had been lured into sin. After he was saved, Peter noted that he could perish if he did not repent and seek God’s forgiveness through prayer. This is a clear example of what can happen to a Christian. He can so sin as to be lost eternally.
When we read the second and third chapters of Revelation, we read letters addressed to the seven churches of Asia. Note, these letters are written to churches, that is, to those who had been called out of the world and into the kingdom of God (Col. 1:13). Several of these churches had severe problems involving doctrinal impurity and immorality. They were exhorted by the Lord Jesus Christ to repent. If they did not, they were told that their candlesticks would be removed out of their places. Jesus’ words to the church at Ephesus were: “Remember therefore from where you are fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place, except you repent” (Rev. 2:5). Notice that he says that they had fallen, something some say cannot be done by Christians. Notice also that to keep from having their candlestick removed from its place they needed to repent.
We have verses in the Bible that tell us that Christians can fall from grace. We have examples in the Bible of those who fell from grace and were commanded to repent lest they perish. This should be enough proof for anyone who is honest to come to an understanding that it is possible for the child of God to lose his salvation. The doctrine of “Once saved, always saved” is a false doctrine. It will condemn the souls of millions who have been led to believe it. It doesn’t have to end this way for anyone___they can REPENT!