“Once Saved Always Saved?”

One of the great debates in the history of the Christian church concerns the question of whether or not a true believer in Christ can ever be lost. To put it in the form of a question, “Can a person who truly has been saved ever become unsaved again?” Or framed a little differently, “Can one who possesses salvation through faith in Christ ever lose his or her salvation?”

I think most of us would answer these kinds of questions by asserting our conviction that the believer in Jesus Christ is eternally secure. There are many passages of scripture we could cite in support of our position (John 10:27-29; Romans 8:28-39; Philippians 1:6; 1Thessalonians 5:23-24; 1Peter 1:3). Hebrews 6:4-8 is one of the chief passages used by those who believe you can in fact lose your salvation to support their position. It is a very difficult passage to understand. We will begin looking at it today in its context to determine what it means and what significance it has for our lives. And does it teach us that a person can lose his salvation?