Did Jesus teach a man can loose his salvation?

In the twelfth chapter of Luke we find Jesus sharing about a servant and the two choices he can make after he has been left by his master.  Jesus contrasts the good servant, based on the decision to be watchful and obedient to his Master’s wishes, and his reward and the servant same servant who decided he was not going to be watchful and didn’t obey the commands of his Lord.

I want to set the stage by saying this servants is a believer.  We do not have the contrast of two different men, rather the contrast of two different possible choices in life the servant can take and the consequences that follow. 

Jesus taught that the servant when he decided to obey his Master was blessed.

It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.[1]

Our Lord then contrast this with the same servant not being watchful of His coming, and not doing as he was tasked to do.  This unwise decision of the servant will lead him to a positional change.  Not meaning going to the end of the line or a place of lesser glory but going as a disobedient believer to the assigned place of unbelievers.

In church doctrine we make a big deal of our position in Christ.  We boast of our position in the heavenly places that we find in Ephesians chapter two.  From this we somehow extract that we have an immutable position in Christ and are eternally secure.  But Christ has a servant that was not doing as he aught and now has to suffer a severe punishment and go the way of the unbeliever. 

The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.[2]

Jesus did not teach His servant was an unbeliever, He taught His servant had two choices that lay before him.  One that led to blessings in the Master’s house and one that led to being punished along with the unbeliever.  Nor is this to be taken as receiving Christ or rejecting Christ for the servant is already in the Master’s house and in charge no less while the Master was away.  He taught that His servant had a change of heart.

But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming,’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk.[3]

The Master’s servant does a little reasoning with himself.  He rationalizes what he can gain for himself.  This servant went from doing what was good to doing what was wrong and now he will be assigned with the unbelievers.  This sounds a lot like what we find in the book of Ezekiel.  In my post “The way of the Lord is not just” we discover that the righteous man who turns to wickedness will have none of his former righteousness remembered.  We now see this same teaching coming from the Lord of our salvation.

So is it that this wicked servant lost his salvation?  Is Jesus teaching that believers can loose their salvation?  He certainly lost his position.  He went from being assigned with the believers and being responsible for his Master’s house to the unbelievers, even though he most certainly was a believer in his master.  So did he loose his salvation?  Can we loose our salvation?  Can we loose our position in Christ and find ourselves assigned with the unbelievers, even though we sit in the heavenly realms with our Master?

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel we contend for the faith by believing faith is being sure of what we hope for.  We contend for the faith by teaching that no man hopes for what he already has.  We contend for the faith by teaching we have a hope held out in the gospel, which is our hope of salvation ready to be given to us when Christ returns as taught in scripture.  At “Uncommon Belief” you can see these teachings with supporting scriptures which gives confidence that this servant did not loose his salvation.  He destroyed, by his disobedience, his relationship with his master that was willing to put him in charge of all His possessions.  Jesus wasn’t teaching a believing servant can loose their salvation, instead He was teaching what our New Testament has always been teaching.  That we need to abide with Him to the end in obedience in order to make our hope sure.

Some in church teach once saved always saved and would reject this notion.  Others preach it is a heresy to teach that we have to be good to go to heaven.  But here we see a servant who went from doing good to doing bad and from a position of authority in his master’s house to being assigned with the unbelievers in punishment.  Which goes along with what we find taught in Ezekial, as I already mentioned.

What are we willing to risk for our hearers?  What are we willing to risk for ourselves?  Do we ignore this word from Christ as not to offend our doctrine?  Do we do mental gymnastics to conclude that Jesus wasn’t teaching this even though it is what the prophet of God has already said?  Do we now say that was Old Testament and we live under the New Testament, only to ignore this teaching in both Testaments?  What are you willing to risk?  If our teaching is wrong, it is only the souls of men that are at stake.

[1] Luke 12:43

[2] Luke 12:46

[3] Luke 12:45

2 thoughts on “Did Jesus teach a man can loose his salvation?

  1. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.” (1 Tim. 4:1)

    Only those abiding in the doctrine of Christ have the Father and the Son (2 John 1:9). The Holy Spirit is warning us of apostasy in these last days. Depart means to reject, sever, or fall away. Christians are departing from their faith in Jesus by believing in doctrines of demons being spread by deceiving spirits. Yet, Pastor Charles Stanley teaches falling away is never about losing one’s salvation. [3. Charles Stanley: Can You Recognize False Teaching 1, T. 6:30-7:27] He insists a Christian cannot be lost; they simply become useless. Is useless mentioned in this verse? And how can a useless believer heeding doctrines of demons serve Christ? Dr. Stanley claims only unbelievers can fall away. Seriously, how can unsaved people fall away from a faith they never had? A partaker of Christ is someone saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). One cannot continue to receive grace if they choose to deny their faith in Christ (2 Tim. 2:12, 2 Pet. 2:1).

  2. “If we endure, we shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.” (2 Tim. 2:12)
    “It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them…” (Rev. 13:7)

    In the 1990s, prophecy teachers Marvin Rosenthal, Charles Cooper, and the late Robert Van Kampen, taught a great multitude of blood washed saints will overcome the Beast during the Great Tribulation (Rev. 7:9-14). I praise God for their faithfulness in spreading this critical revelation. But like so many others they stop short of preaching the whole truth. They teach the saints overcome the Beast isn’t about losing one’s salvation. In their minds a person can never be lost once they are saved. The falling away from the faith is only for pretenders. These ministers can teach the sequence of events warning our Lord’s coming is near, but reject the eternal consequences. Sadly, they can see the truth in one area but be blinded in another. This is why anyone teaching the saints overcome by the Beast will not lose their salvation is taking away from the prophecy of Revelation.

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