What about the Christians who sin. Do they lose their salvation
By: The John Ankerberg Show
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|Saved for Sure, Overcoming Doubt: How do you overcome those doubts, to be brought to the point where you say, “Yes, I know it’s okay. I’m going to Heaven.” For Doubters Only: There are still some people who have a tough time in having confidence in their salvation. What do those folks need to do? Dr. Erwin Lutzer’s personal testimony.
Copyright: 2003, Number of Programs: 4, Cat. No. YBS2
Keywords: New creation, Security, John 10:27-30
- Lutzer: You know, what about somebody who does sin? Do they lose their salvation? We began this show by talking about that. Listen to the words of Jesus. We quoted Paul, but now Jesus. I’m in John 10:27-30: “My sheep listen to my voice. I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish. No one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.” You know what I call this? I preached on it one time and I called it “Hands in Harmony.” You have the hand of the Father and you have the hand of the Son holding the sheep that belong to Jesus.
- You know, if you were a shepherd, John, and I entrusted 100 sheep to you, and then you came back in the evening with 93, what do you think the other shepherds would say? What do you think I would say if they were my sheep? I’d say, “John, you’re a lousy shepherd.” And you’d say, “Oh, but these sheep were so stubborn! They went their own way. They found false paths and they took them.” I’d say, “John, I don’t care whether those sheep were stubborn! Take those stubborn sheep and use your crook and get them in line and get them here!”
- You can’t imagine that those who belong to Jesus, who are a gift, the Bible says, from the Father to the Son, and from the Son to the Father, those who are saved, that Jesus has been given a certain number and then in eternity some of them are going to be missing. “Well, because they had free will. They were so rebellious.” Listen, once they’re saved and they belong to God, He’s going to bring them all the way home.
- I’ve had people say, “Yeah, but you know, it says that no man can pluck them out of my Father’s hand, but we can pluck ourselves out of God’s hand.” Well, it’s a little more complicated than that. Biblically, we actually are God’s hands. Remember Jesus said, “You are members of my body, of my flesh and of my bones.” [Eph. 5:30]
- So here’s what I want to do right now, John; I want to give security to those who trust Christ as Savior, but I also want to give a warning to those who think they’ve trusted Christ as Savior and never have.