We can be sure that God will hold up His end and no other force can keep us from our salvation1, but Scripture is abundantly clear that we can fall away and thereby lose our salvation1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13. In fact, Scripture shows that the New Testament writers uniformly warned about this possibility — Paul1,2,9,12,13, James4, John5,10, Jude6, Peter7,8, and even ‘anonymous’3,11 all give urgent warnings that we can lose our salvation.
“You didn’t earn your salvation, so you can’t lose your salvation.” This is the popular response when the question of whether we can lose our salvation comes up. But, of course, we can lose things that we didn’t earn! If someone gives you a dollar bill you didn’t earn it but…you can lose it…you can neglect it…you can forget about it…you can misplace it..you can have it stolen…you can even simply discard it. So it is with our salvation, and Scripture even points to many of these same culprits3,4,6,7,8,11,13 of how we can lose our salvation.