While Scriptures comfort us with the truth that the sheep will never perish, we nonetheless also see in Scripture that many professing Christians will end up perishing in perdition. How can this be? The answer is two-fold. SOME PROFESSING CHRISTIANS END UP LOSING THEIR SALVATION IN THE SENSE THAT THEY WERE NEVER REALLY SAVED TO BEGIN WITH.

1 John 2:18-19 explains what, at first, seems like a real contradiction or paradox, Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. {19} They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us. In other words, some professing Christians or churchgoers were never truly sheep, or saved, to begin with.

A lot of people profess to be Christ’s, or Christians, but were never regarded as such by Christ. He never considered them His, nor did He ever regard them as true Christians or saved. Matthew 7:21-23 makes this very plain.  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  (22)  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  (23)  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

These people professed to be Christians. They called Jesus Lord. They prophesied and worked miracles in Jesus’ Name.  They actually did miracles! They did a lot of good works for Christ. But Jesus said to them, I never knew you.  Why did He say that? Because they never gave up their sins. They continued to live in sin. They lived a double life of hypocrisy.

Professing Christians can believe in Jesus and work miracles. But they’re not true Christians. And the proof of that is, they continued to live a sinful life. Brethren, you’re a true Christian if you live a righteous life. GENUINE CHRISTIANS DON’T LIVE SINFUL LIVES. Yes, they can sin. And they do sin from time to time. But they don’t live for sin. They don’t live to sin. They don’t live like heathens. They don’t live sinful lives.

If a person isn’t saved in God’s sight, then they don’t have any salvation to lose. They were never truly saved. Thus, a professing Christian can lose his or her salvation only in the sense that they thought, they believed, they were saved and had salvation. In losing their salvation they lost what they thought they had, but never really, truly had to begin with.

Closely related to this is the fact that many people truly believe in Jesus, but their faith is not a saving faith. James 2:19 is relevant here. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. Demons believe in God. They know there’s a God. They know there’s a Heaven and Hell. They’re believers, if I may use the term loosely. But they’re not saved because  they persist in their anti-God behaviors or activities. Their faith, or what they believe, doesn’t change them: it doesn’t change the way they live, think, or act.

In much the same way, many people believe in Jesus. They believe the facts and doctrines relating to Jesus. But they’re not saved because, like demons, they continue to live self-willed, sinful lives just as Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:21-23. The point is, many people truly believe. But theirs is not a saving faith. Faith without acts—in this case, faith without a transformed, holy, obedient life—is dead. It’s faith, but it’s dead. And being dead, it has no power to give life or save.


While some professing Christians were never truly saved to begin with, we nonetheless also see from the Scriptures cited in our first blog post that some Christians were indeed truly saved but they end up losing their salvation. How? We showed you how. By tampering with the Scriptures (God will take away his part out of the book of life); by being spiritually fruitless (every branch in me); by becoming lukewarm (I will spue thee out of my mouth); by not enduring to the end (If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth); by reverting to works salvation (ye are fallen from grace); by committing the unpardonable sin; and by apostatizing (those who were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift).

As we see in John 10:28 quoted previously, God’s sheep will never perish. Since the sheep will never perish, since God gives them eternal life and no one will ever take it away from them; then the only logical implication or conclusion we’re left with is this: those who were truly saved but who nonetheless end up losing their salvation were not sheep. They were saved, howbeit temporarily, but they were not sheep. Don’t ask me how that can be because I don’t have the answer right now. Instead of trying to figure out how a person can be saved and still not be a sheep, I’m going to spend my time finding out how I can be a sheep. I want to know for a fact that I’m a sheep. If this is your heart’s desire, come along with me and let’s follow the Good Shepherd.

Coming Up On My Next Blog Post, Part 3. Now comes the good part. Eternity security is God’s promise to the believer. Everybody wants in on the promise, so it’ll be a sell-out crowd. Come early if you want a seat. If you’re late you’ll have to tear the roof apart. [Bring money to pay for repairs.]

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