Is it possible for a follower of Christ to lose his or her salvation? Can someone be so bad that God would rescind His offer of salvation? What does the Bible say? Listen in and see what the Bible has to say about persevering til the end.
God's will for every Christian is that we become more like Jesus in character and conduct. This process of change is called sanctification. How can this change happen when we are surrounded by so many challenges and difficult people? The answer might surprise you.
If there was ever a person that should have never been born, it was Judas Iscariot. In Mark 14:21, Jesus said, "The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born." If Judas was such a bad guy then we can learn a lot about what not to do. For instance, Judas was a thief and a self absorbed opportunist. His opportunistic propensity made him an ideal candidate for the Devil to manipulate. And when Judas realized the severity of his actions, he chose remorse over true repentance. Judas did not end well. We can learn a lot!
As humans, we have a tendency to create God in our own image. This God we create acts according to the system of morality that is in agreement with our lifestyle. Also, this deity can be coaxed into granting our desires if we perform certain rituals. In the Bible, Isaiah the prophet addressed a nation that had fallen for this same fallacy. Let's just say, it did not end well.
Have you ever felt that you have been forgotten by God? it seems like God has discarded you and He has moved on to someone else. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. You have not been forgotten. God has a plan and you can trust Him.
There is a negative bias against Christianity in our culture today. However, this development is not really new. In Acts 28, the Apostle Paul had to communicate the Gospel message to an audience that let him know up front that their opinion of the Gospel was negative. His passion and methods are worthy of our consideration.