At last count (July 2012), 24 readers say:
- 13% I was never saved (sniffle)
- 54% I lost my salvation (but I could gain it back. Pray for me.)
- 4% Still saved – Once saved always saved (yeah!)
- 29% Still saved – Universal Salvation (double yeah!)
Please do vote below after reading my story below. But before you possibly leave generic comments, please do read more about my de-conversion:
I de-converted from Christianity about 25 years ago, but I use to be a fervent born-again Christian.
In case you doubt, here are my “fervent credentials“:
- I was baptized Lutheran as an infant
- But at 17 years old, I personally accepted Jesus into my heart, confessing my sinful nature and my joy at accepting his sacrifice for my sins and my desire to live as his disciple.
- I was baptized again as an adult (in an pond, at a farm)
- As the Lord made me into a new creation, I yielded to the work of the holy spirit.
- I often confessed that Jesus is Lord and believed in my heart that God raised him from the dead. (Romans 10:9-10)
- I was thankful for the new role Jesus had taken in my life
- I later was baptized in the spirit and spoke in tongues
- I witnesses to many people
- I read the bible several times through with great devotion and let the Lord guide my mind so I might understand his precious Word.
- I studied the bible diligently and even studied Greek at college.
- I prayed often
- I took holy communion
- I fasted
- I tithed
- I ran a few bible studies
- I heard the gentle voice of the lord softly guiding me
The soteriological position of my Calvinist Christian friends (Presbyterian and Reformed) is “Once saved, always saved” (AKA Perseverance of the Saints). And staying true to this doctrine, some of these Calvinist friends feel I must still be saved. They feel I never lost my Salvation and I will still go to heaven. Some even go as far as to say that their god is still using this phase of my life to work his mysterious ways.
But many of my Calvinist Christian friends feel that I must never have been really a Christian. For when they talk to me, they can imagine no way that their God would allow me in His kingdom with the attitudes and beliefs I have now. And if there is Preserverence of the Saints, the only logical conclusion for them is that I was never a saint in the first place. And when I produce my credentials, they admit that they are impressive (for Christians, that is) but they are sure I must have missed out on something — for how could I have all their credentials and still have rejected it all. If you feel I was never a Christian in the first place, please leave us a comment explaining why.
But if I lost my salvation, hopefully my story shows you how you can then not be secure in your salvation. Unless you can offer a clear difference between that former Sabio and the fervent Christian you are today, you too could lose your salvation in the future.
On the other hand, my Arminian Christian friends (Methodist, Pentecostal, Catholicism, and many Baptists) have no problem admitting I am hell-bound. In fact, as they and I know, since I now disavow the work of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I have a special one-way ticket to hell as the following two verses tell us.
I tell you the truth, all the sins and blasphemies of men will be forgiven them. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; he is guilty of an eternal sin.
Mark 3: 28-29
For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
Hebrews 6:4-6 (NASB)
OK, what is your opinion. Please don’t be shy.