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|Will backsliding Christians be raptured too or will they be left behind to face the tribulation?|
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|You can find why we believe in the eternal security of the believer by searching for "lose salvation" or "eternal security" on Ask Calvary.
Christians don't want to practice sin. I find it helpful to ask how they believe one can lose their salvation. If they say it's by too much sinning or something like that, then they've contradicted 1 John 1:9-10. If they admit that sin isn't the problem, but that a person can renounce their faith and reject Jesus to lose their salvation, then there are still problems.
2 Cor 5:17 says "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come." Does the new creature become the old creature again, and would that be called being "born again, the third time"? Also, most Christians will agree that all the believer's sins, past, present and future, are covered by the blood of Jesus. Otherwise, we'd be lost if we died with any "unconfessed sin". So if the future sins were covered at conversion, how are they "uncovered" when the believer "falls away"? Was Jesus fooled by the initial conversion? Also, if God sets His love upon the Christian, but His wrath abides on the sinner, how was His love upon us while saved, but now removed, if we've been "lost again". Does God give and take back His love? How can we become children of God one day, and enjoy God's love, protection and promises, and be rejected by Him the next day? Again, was God "fooled" into thinking we were something we really weren't?
The problem with thinking that you can be saved and then lost again, is that God sees the end from the beginning. He can't be fooled or taken in by anything. He knows how long our life will be and what our end will bring. If someone is going to end up lost, it's impossible that God would "save" him "for awhile".
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