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Can You Lose Your Salvation By Getting Into New Age Teaching?

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Sara asks:

Good morning, Shawn,

I just read your article on 1 John 5:13 and assurance of our salvation. Very good, thank you!

My question is a reflection of your words and John’s. Our son who is a Moody Bible Institute graduate, has been a youth pastor for over 6 years, has now taken to New Age philosophy. He believes the narrow road is much wider than he’s been taught. I know that he had once accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior, was baptized by immersion and was doing great work for the Lord bringing young kids to this same saving knowledge. We saw so much fruit!

Now with this new age philosophy I’m wondering about his salvation. I know that Colossians 3:3 reminds us that our lives our hidden in Christ and no one can take this away… I am concerned for our son.

My question? Have we lost him? What is our assurance for him that he still has Jesus?

Dear Sara,

Thank you for the question. I’m sorry to hear about your son, but I assure you that all is not lost, least of all him.

How can I say that?

For two reasons.

First, the condition to be saved is a one-time act of faith, not a lifetime of faithfulness or theological correctness. The very moment we believe in Jesus, God justified us (cf. Rom 4:5). We know that it only takes a moment of faith, and not a lifetime, because of Abraham was justified before God the very night that “he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do.” At that moment his faith “was credited to him for righteousness” (Rom 4:21-22).

Likewise, Jesus compared believing in Him and being saved to the time when the Israelites were dying of snakebite. God arranged it so that anyone who looked at a bronze serpent on a pole would recover (Number 21:9). Jesus said, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. (John 3:14-15). When your son believed in Jesus, he was justified and given eternal life.

Second, everyone who believes is eternally secure from that moment on. Jesus put that truth in several different ways. For example, He promised He would never cast out or lose whoever believed in Him (cf. John 6:37, 39), and no one could snatch them out of His or the Father’s hands (John 10:28-29).

So, your son is secure forever, even if he wanders from the truth into error.

Many people may think that message sounds too good to be true, and if we were talking about anything other than the gospel, they’d be right. But the gospel is that gracious because Jesus is that gracious. He can be because of the utter sufficiency of Christ’s death on the cross for sin, and His resurrection from the dead, which made salvation free.

I think God made salvation that easy because He knows how inconsistent and unreliable we are. If salvation depended on how good we were, we’d all be lost since no one is good but God (Matt 19:17). And if it depended on continued faithfulness, God knew we’d have the same problem given how easily we doubt, question, stray, and struggle to believe. So, He made salvation depend on one act of faith in Jesus that secures your destiny forever.

Now, if your son apostatizes into the New Age movement, he can lose a lot of things, such as his ministry, his friends, the joy of the Lord, or eternal rewards. But he can’t lose his salvation. The gospel isn’t a competition but a rescue operation. And if you’re son believed in Jesus, then he's safe and secure.

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