Does Your Porn Addiction End Your Salvation? ~ blog

 In Daily Encouragement

Does the Bible teach that a truly born-again by the Spirit of God Christian can lose their salvation???  It seems to me to make sense that either you can lose it, or you cannot lose it. The problem is each side has verses to support their view and either one position is right or the other is right…or they are both wrong.

This is an issue that I have been studying for 45 years.  It is something that I am very passionate about and that passion has only grown over the past 14 years as I have been dealing with my own sexual addiction and have interacted on this issue with the hundreds of people whom 180 Ministries is trying to help.

I would like to state my position in as simple of terms as I know how even though the subject can be complicated and causing many people a lot of anxiety.  One could reason that if a Christian is struggling with any kind of addictive behavior one of two things is possible.

  1. Christians can be addicted and have a very difficult time not feeding that addiction. They struggle with guilt and shame and find themselves in a cycle of addictive behavior that never seems to end. They know that at some point in their life they became saved through believing in Christ and are saved by the Grace of God through the faith that He has given them. They do not understand why God allows their addiction to continue in spite of their prayers asking for His help.

  2. Christians cannot be addicted because if one is truly saved then they will obey the commands of Christ and will walk in the Spirit not fulfilling the desires of the flesh. Since they continue to sin this indicates that either they were never believers to begin with or they were believers but have lost their salvation because of their continuing to choose to sin.

On the one hand, there are numerous passages that seem to teach that the new life that God gives to those who believe in Christ is Eternal Life.  They have been chosen before the creation of the world, adopted into His family, sealed with the Spirit as a promise of their inheritance in heaven and no matter how many times they fall into sin there is nothing that can separate them from the love of God. (Ephesians 1 and Romans 8)

On the other hand, there are passages which seem to teach that if one does not walk in obedience there is no sacrifice left for sin (Hebrews 10), their lives produce only thorns and thistles, and they are in danger of being burned (Hebrews 6). Even Jesus says that there will be some to whom He will say “Depart from me, I never knew you … you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7)

I think we can boil it down to this;

Are we saved by grace through faith and are given the free gift of eternal life

through the finished work of Christ?

Or

Are we saved by faith in Christ but then must maintain a certain level of obedience, in order to maintain our salvation?

This has been argued since the church was first established.  And I am certainly not going to convince anyone in one email or podcast. However, I will share with you what I have concluded after decades of studying this.

I believe that the most basic and fundamental part of our eternal salvation is that we are saved by grace through faith and not of works.  As Paul said to the jailer who asked him what he must do to be saved, Paul replied;

“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved…”  (Acts 16:31)

Jesus Himself said;

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged…” (John 3:16-18)

When someone becomes saved a large number of things happen to that person.  They go from being dead in sin and separated from God to become a new creation in Christ with all their sins forgiven.  They are sealed with the Spirit as a deposit guaranteeing their inheritance.  Their sins and lawless deeds, God says, He will remember no more and that He will NEVER leave them or forsake them.

We are not told that we will have eternal life as something we will receive in the future if we are good enough, but that we NOW HAVE eternal life.  This is not a conditional eternal life… it is eternal life that is the gift of God because God is the God of Grace.

Is it important for us as God’s children to strive to live in obedience to His commands and what we are taught in His Word?  Of course, it is, and obedience brings with it the blessing of God and growth in our being transformed into His image.  When we disobey our loving Father disciplines us but never casts us from His presence or exiles us from His family.

Yesterday I covered Hebrew 10 and Galatians 5 and those are available on my webpage www.180recover.com.  Here for the blog. Here for the Podcast. 

Tomorrow we will dissect the Hebrews 6 passage …

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