Warnings against falling away from faith

Although some non-Catholics believe that a Christian is “once saved, always saved,” the Bible has many verses explaining that a believer can in fact lose or reject their salvation. In his book Not by Faith Alone, Robert Sungenis notes:

In reality, next to the person of Christ, Scripture attends to no topic more than the warning to Christians not to fall away from the faith and lose their salvation. In fact, every book in the New Testament, with the possible exception of Philemon, in some way or other suspends the outcome of our eternal destiny based on the duration and degree of our faith and obedience. Scripture offers absolutely overwhelming evidence that a believer can fall from the salvation he once possessed. (Quote taken from page 275)

Sungenis goes on to list “a representative sample [of verses] from each book of the New Testament” to prove this point. Below are the citations which begin on page 275 and run for several pages. I’m only listing the citations below, not the full text of each passage. However, a mouse-over ought to show the verse in a popup window:

Matthew 7:21-23; 10:22, 28, 33; 24:12-13; Mark 9:43; 10:21-23; 13:22; Luke 8:13; 12:43-46; John 12:47-48; 15:6; Acts 13:43, 46; 20:29-30; Romans 2:6; 8:12-13; 11:20-22; 1 Corinthians 3:17; 4:5; 6:8-9; 9:27-10:6; 10:11-12; 15:1-2; 2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2; 11:3; 12:21-13:5; Galatians 5:19-21; 6:7-9; Ephesians 5:5-6; Philippians 3:10-16; Colossians 1:21-23; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-15; 3:6, 14; 1 Timothy 4:1; 5:15; 6:10-19; 6:20-21; 2 Timothy 1:15; 2:12; 2:17; 4:10; 4:16; Titus 1:16; 3:10; Hebrews 2:1; 3:1-6; 3:12-14; 4:1; 4:11-13; 4:14; 6:4-6; 6:11-12; 10:26-27; 10:35-38; 12:1, 3; 12:14-17; 12:25, 29; James 1:14-16; 1:21-22; 2:13-14; 4:4; 5:9; 1 Peter 4:17-18; 5:8; 2 Peter 1:9; 2:20-22; 3:14-17; 1 John 2:24-26; 2:28; 2 John 8; 3 John 9-11; Jude 5; Revelation 2:5; 2:10; 2:16; 2:23; 2:26; 3:3; 3:11; 3:16; 3:21; 16:15; 22:12; 22:19

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2 Responses to Warnings against falling away from faith

  1. Jeannon Kralj says:

    Very great information. I read the shorter version of “Not by Faith Alone” by Robert Sungenis. I think it was called something like “How can I get to heaven”.

    This issue that the bible says even “saved” people can lose their salvation all the way up until their last breath is one of the major and fundamental differences between Catholicism and Protestantism.

    Being “saved” is a process and progression that takes place throughout our lives, not something that takes place at one point in time.

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