Can You Lose Your Salvation?
Jehovah Witnesses teach that you can lose your salvation from Jesus Christ. But is this Biblical? Lets take a look at the scriptures JW’s use to support there case. While JW’s are not the only Christians who take this stance, typically this belief is built upon “works based” salvation
However the interesting thing is the Jehovah Witnesses state that salvation cant be earned and is not works based. Therefor the first question is how are people losing their salvation then, if its not works based? What do you have to do to “lose” your salvation?
The scripture JW.org put to support their position is Jude 1:3
3 Beloved ones, although I was making every effort to write you about the salvation we hold in common,d I found it necessary to write you to urge you to put up a hard fight for the faithe that was once for all time delivered to the holy ones Jude 1:3 (NWT)
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. Jude 1:3 (KJV)
Now to understand the book of Jude, we need to read the entire book of Jude, which is only 1 Chapter. When we pick and choose scriptures, it becomes dangerous because we don’t get the entire context of the scripture.
So reading the entire Chapter of Jude, do we see Born Again Christians eventually denying the faith and becoming dead in their sin again? No what we see is Gods sovereign Free Will being demonstrated to the entire world including Angels. Just because you have knowledge of God doesn’t mean you are saved. The fallen Angels (Jude 1:6) had more revelation about God then we did, however choose to reject God and follow their sinful lust instead of God.
Just because you belong to a religion or group, such as Jehovah Witnesses, doesn’t mean you are saved. Jesus said “You must become Born Again to see the Kingdom of Heaven “ (John 3:3) This is a spiritual transformation not a religious experience.
Read Matthew 25:31-46
All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. Matthew 25:32 (NWT)
And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: Matthew 25:32 (KJV)
Jesus taught the parable of the Sheep and the Goats, where Jesus will divide the saved from the condemned. Jesus explains there are some who acknowledge Jesus as Lord but didn’t really know him. Just because we have knowledge about God doesn’t mean we are saved.
Just as Jude used the Israelites as an example and the Angels. There were many at Mt Sinai who witnessed Gods power and glory, however they choose to worship a Golden Calf and were condemned, why? Because they never had faith in God to begin with, they never believed in their hearts truly.
So what about our salvation, can we lose it? Well that would imply we have the power to save ourselves. How can we lose something we personally cant obtain ourselves? Secondly God is not dangling a carrot in front of us, saying your saved, now your not, now your saved….This is why a lot of people who believe in a works based salvation usually become Atheists. Because they are trying to maintain a salvation that is unattainable. Only Christ can save you!
Therefore, those in union with Christ Jesus have no condemnation.a 2 For the law of the spirit that gives life in union with Christ Jesus has set you freeb from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:1-2 (NWT)
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 (KJV)
The Apostle Paul makes it clear, there is no condemnation for those in Jesus Christ! If you are truly Born Again and have a relationship with Christ, you are saved, period! Jesus has set you free from sin and death, either we believe the Bible or we don’t.
It’s a salvation that was earned by Christ on the cross, not by our works! Put your faith in Jesus and not yourself! This is the gospel!