I Want to Lose My Salvation


By Dr. Ken Matto


All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  (John 6:37)


There seems to be a fascination among Christians to try and scour the Bible to see how many ways they can find to lose their salvation.  It seems like they revel in the idea of losing their salvation and going to hell.  I have seen this many times on Facebook where a Christian finds a verse, takes it out of context and then posts it like they have mined the Scriptures and is now bringing forth some profound truth.  There is absolutely nothing in the Bible which teaches that once a person has become truly saved that they can lose their salvation.  The problem is that the concept of “loss of salvation” is rooted in the heretical free will movement where it is believed that you walked into salvation and therefore you can walk out.


Much of this heresy comes from the testimonies of people who say something like “well I accepted the Lord when I was six years old but I walked away from him.”  Here is the reality. You did not get saved at six, you said some words but your words do not initiate salvation in any form which means you were still a reprobate unbeliever even though mommy and daddy were convinced you were saved until you got home and then resumed your normal lifestyle.  The biblical reality is there is no such thing as free will, accepting the Lord, or volunteering to be saved.  When God saves someone He plants the Holy Spirit within them and they are sealed unto the day of redemption. Look at the following three verses:


And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.  (Ephesians 4:30)


Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  (1 Peter 1:5)


All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  (John 6:37)


The Holy Spirit seals us, the power of God keeps us, and the Lord Jesus Christ secures us.  Yet you believe that the entire Trinity is helpless in keeping you saved and that is why you have to take salvation into your own hands because your power is stronger than theirs.  In regards to salvation, the word temporary is not used in any verse in the Bible but the phrase “everlasting life” is used 11 times in 11 verses.


And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  (Daniel 12:2)


And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.  (Matthew 19:29)


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  (John 3:16)


He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  (John 3:36)


But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.  (John 4:14)


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  (John 5:24)


Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.  (John 6:27)


And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.  (John 6:40)


Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.  (John 6:47)


Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.  (Acts 13:46)


But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  (Romans 6:22)


Here is the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary definition of “Temporary.”


TEM'PORARY, a. L. temporarius. Lasting for a time only; existing or continuing for a limited time; as, the patient has obtained temporary relief. There is a temporary cessation of hostilities. There is a temporary supply of provisions. In times of great danger, Rome appointed a temporary dictator.


Here is the 1828 Webster’s Dictionary definition of “Everlasting.”


EVERL`ASTING, a. ever and lasting. Lasting or enduring for ever; eternal; existing or continuing without end; immortal.


Do you see the difference in the two words?  Temporary means “lasting for a limited time only” and Everlasting means “lasting or enduring forever.”  What is it about the word “everlasting” you don’t understand?  In the 11 verses where the term “everlasting life” is used did you see any exception clause in any of them, such as “everlasting life until the next sin” or “everlasting life until you want to walk out of it” or “everlasting life until you renounce Christianity so you can become a sodomite out in the open?”  So then what about these pastors who renounce Christianity and leave their churches.  The Bible has an answer concerning those frauds.  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.  (1 John 2:19)  In these final days, God has begun to separate the true believers from the fake believers which will culminate on the last day when they all stand before the Lord Jesus Christ.  {32} 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:  {33} And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.  (Matthew 25:32-33) 


If you are truly born again in the Lord Jesus Christ, you would not allow Satan to toy with your spiritual understanding of the Scriptures by tempting you to believe that God lied when he stated in 1 Peter 1:5 that you are kept by his power, because if you believe you can lose your salvation, then you believe God lied.  In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  (Titus 1:2) 


The problem is that the majority of Christians really do not understand salvation or who died on Calvary simply because they do not study the Bible and they attend a church where the pastor is biblically illiterate and unqualified to lead.  First of all, the one who died on Calvary was the second person of the Godhead, God manifest in the flesh who was the only one who could die for the sins of his people.  Second of all, his sacrifice was so complete that it did not just atone for the sins of his people but removed them.


For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.  (Hebrews 10:4)


Hebrews 10:4 is a very critical verse in understanding the essence of salvation.  In the Old Testament, the animal sacrifices only covered the sins of the people but did not remove them.  In the Old Testament the word “Atonement” has a primary meaning of “cover.”  The sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ was so powerful that it removed the sins from the souls of his people and that includes all the past sins, present sins, and future sins you will commit.  Here comes the objection, “but my future sins are not covered, only my past sins.”  My doubting friend, where were you when Christ went to the cross?  You were not born yet, in fact, you were not even a spark in your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, Grandfather’s eyes.  Since Christ died in 33 A.D. and you are living now means that ALL your sins were in the future and they have been removed from your soul making you ready for Heaven the second you became truly saved.  The Bible gives many verses teaching us that our sins have been removed.


As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.  (Psalm 103:12)


I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.  (Isaiah 43:25)


And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.  (Jeremiah 31:34)


{13} And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;  {14} Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;  (Colossians 2:13-14)


For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.  (Hebrews 8:12)


And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.  (Hebrews 10:17)


Here is the great encouragement to believers from these verses.  One states that God removed our transgressions from us.  Two of them states that God blotted out our transgressions and the ordinances which were against us, in other words the indictment was thrown out because the Judge paid the penalty.  Then in three of the verses we are told that God will not remember our sins and iniquities.  Why?  Because they were removed and because of Christ it is like we have never sinned and therefore, if no sins are attached to us, what could possibly cause us a loss of salvation?  Nothing!!!


You must understand that the true believer does sin but they are all negated because of Calvary and they will not hinder us from entering Heaven.


For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.  (Romans 7:18)


We must understand clearly that sins we commit are alive in our flesh as the Apostle Paul had that same problem.  Our souls were totally cleansed by the sacrifice of Christ but our present bodies were not redeemed and that is why we have the great struggle with sin.  Our bodies want to sin and our souls want to remain obedient to Christ, and therein is the great struggle.  Sin after salvation does not affect your cleansed soul because sin cannot infect it thus reversing the cleansing Christ gave us.  Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?  (Isaiah 43:13)  The word “let” in Isaiah 43:13 carries with it the meaning of “turn back.”  You cannot turn back the work of Christ nor can anyone else by means of actions on your part or someone else’s.


This is why Christ stated on the cross “it is finished” because salvation was now completed for those he came to save.  If it was not finished, then it would be a lifetime of “lose” and “regain” which would keep the true believer in a state where they could never progress in their Christian walk beyond worrying about salvation.  The reason that so many believers are active in ministry is because they are resting in the finished work of Christ on Calvary knowing that their salvation is secure.  These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.  (1 John 5:13)  Those who are truly saved and know the truth about salvation realize the question of eternal life was settled and therefore they can progress in their Christian walk.  Never allow Satan to destroy your hope in your everlasting salvation or to stifle your growth in the grace and knowledge of the Lord and never take your theology from Facebook theologians but take it only from the King James Bible itself.