I am compelled to write this article because there are many people who are attempting to build a foundation for losing one's salvation based upon works. It is being built, however, on verses taken out of context, and in the case of one faithwriters author, only verses used to support her position were cited. This violates proper biblical interpretation.
Works should be an evidence of, and result of, salvation. On the other hand, there are certain life styles and practices that one will not want to engage in, if he or she is truly saved.
Based on a comprehensive knowledge of Scripture, I would say that a person who knowingly is living a life contrary to God's ways and scriptural teachings, with no desire to change, and no conviction or conscience, was probably never saved to begin with.
We are all sinners saved by grace. None of us can earn our way to salvation. Furthermore, who is to say that I can lose my salvation but you can't? No one can fulfill all of God's precepts in thought, word and deed to the letter one hundred percent of the time. If it is based on this then even Christ's own disciples did not make the grade.
Titus 3:5-7 in summary, says that we are saved "not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness", but we are saved by his mercy and "justified by His grace", and that "we have been made heirs according to the hope of eternal life."
The real clincher here is that we are heirs. This is a position that can't be taken from us. Hallelujah!! I am saved forever, eternally. However, salvation is not automatic nor universal. There are "ifs" and a person must call upon the name of the Lord to be saved. That will be in a future article.
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"We are all saved by grace". Not true, unless you mean all born again Christians. Unfortunately most are not and will suffer accordingly. See John 5:24 and 3:36.
Also John, you are running afoul of Nazarene doctrine you know?