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Can A Christian Lose Salvation?

Dear Friends, Today I thought I would give you a break from anything related to politics, and instead address a question I have been asked frequently, especially by new believers. It has to do with mistakes, failures, sin and where that leaves us with God. This particular answer I pulled from an organization I have found very trustworthy: If you have ever struggled with the concept of security in Christ I believe you will find it informative and helpful. Enjoy. Can a Christian Lose Salvation? Answer: First, the term Christian must be defined. A “Christian” is not a person who has said a prayer or walked down an aisle or been raised in a Christian family. While each of these things can be a part of the Christian experience, they are not what makes a Christian. A Christian is a person who has fully trusted in Jesus Christ as the only Savior and therefore possesses the Holy Spirit ( John 3:16 ; Acts 16:31 ; Ephes
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