Can a Christian Fall from Grace?

Text: John 10:27-29

Many Believe the “Once Saved, Always Saved” Doctrine — It would be comforting if it were true

Warnings About Falling Away

  • If the righteous do evil, their righteousness will be forgotten (Ezekiel 33:12-13)
  • Parable of the sower — rocky soil (Luke 8:13)
  • The vine & the branches (John 15:2,6)
  • Paul — it was possible for him to fall away & be lost (1 Corinthians 9:27)
  • We can receive the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1)
  • Apostasy was coming (2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 4:1)
  • We are warned against drifting away from what we have been taught (Hebrews 2:1-3)
  • Other passages (Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26-29; 12:15; James 5:19-20; 2 Peter 2:20; 3:17)

Examples of Ones Who Did Fall Away

  • Angels (2 Peter 2:4)
  • Apostles — Judas (Acts 1:17-18, 25), Peter (Galatians 2:11-14)
  • Elders (Acts 20:30)
  • Christians — Ananias & Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10), man in Corinth with his father’s wife (1 Corinthians 5:5), Simon (Acts 8:12-13, 21-23), Demas (Philemon 1:24; 2 Timothy 4:10), Hymenaeus & Alexander (1 Timothy 1:19-20), Hymenaeus & Philetus (2 Timothy 2:17-18)
  • Israelites (Jeremiah 3:6,22; 8:5; Romans 11:17,19-22; 1 Corinthians 10:8-12) — examples for us

We Must Remain on Our Guard (1 Peter 5:8; 1 Corinthians 16:13)

God Has Given Us Help to Keep from Falling Away

  • His Word (2 Peter 1:10; Acts 20:32)
  • The assembly (Hebrews 10:24-25)
  • Fellow Christians (Hebrews 3:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 5:14)

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