Can you lose your salvation? Can you ever really know that you have been saved?
To kick off the new season of Trending Faith, Grand Canyon University Pastor and Dean of Students Tim Griffin and Dean of the College of Theology Jason Hiles, PhD, sat down to discuss this question.
Pastor Tim started the discussion by sharing his story of how he has professed his faith at multiple times throughout his life. Like many Christians, he wondered if he was truly saved each time he learned something new about Christianity and re-pronounced his faith.
Dr. Hiles then explained that it is common for Christians to struggle with this. However, it can be helpful to view the topic of salvation in light of there being two sides of the conversation.
When it comes to our subjective experience, we have confessed our sins, embraced the gospel as true and accepted Christ as our Savior. It can be easy to only focus on our side of this, but it is also important to realize that God plays a significant part in our transformation.
Christ died in our place, and we are justified because of what He accomplished. Because of this, we are adopted into His family. When we see someone else struggling, we may believe that they are losing their salvation, when in reality, they are struggling with their side of this conversation.
While Christians have different views on whether or not we can lose our salvation, Dr. Hiles believes that there are several passages in Scripture that make a strong case for why we can be secure in our faith. For example, in Romans 1-8, Paul explains to believers that nothing can separate us from God’s love.
In addition, 1 John 1-5 is a great place to begin for those who are struggling with their salvation. Throughout these chapters, John explains how we can know that our hearts have been truly transformed and changed.
In the end, it is important to remember that God is faithful in His promises. He sent His son to die on our behalf, so that we might be saved. If we accept this as true and commit to live according to His plans, we can be secure in our salvation.
To hear the full discussion, watch the video below: