The Four Blessings of Psalm 32

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    David committed adultery and then committed murder of a brother, at what point do you lose your salvation???

    • David Johnston

      I am so sorry my reply is just now get posted. I thought it posted to the site weeks ago but was still in draft mode.

      Here you are, and thank you for the question.

      Fortunately for David, he returned to the Lord after being confronted by Nathan, the Prophet. (see 2 Samuel 12)

      Psalm 51 shows us the details of what David did to recover from the adultery. It wasn’t without consequences but he apparently learned his lesson.

      In the New Testament there are balancing truths. On the one hand if we HAPPEN to sin, 1 John 2:1-3 tells us of forgiveness. “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
      [2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
      [3] And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.”

      On the other hand, a genuine Christian would not continue in willful, habitual sin. We get that from 1 John 5:18, “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.”

      1 John 3:6 is also worthy of note.
      “Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.”

      Jesus really does save us from both the penalty of sin and the power of sin. “For sin shall not have dominion over you:” (Romans 6:14)

      I hope this is helpful to you. I recommend that you view two of our videos:
      How To Know You Are A Genuine Christian and True Repentance.

      As to your question about losing your salvation, there are two views. One view (known as Calvinism) is once saved always saved. The other (known as Arminianism) says you can fall from grace and lose your salvation.

      To me it makes little difference which view a person holds. Here’s why.

      The Arminian knows he’s saved but is afraid he might lose it. The Calvinist knows he can’t lose it but is afraid he hasn’t got it.

      If the Calvinist is not presently living in a saved condition, then according to his own doctrine, he never was.

      I wouldn’t get too tangled up in theological debates. The important thing is only that we are following Christ. And He once said, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)

      Obedience is the proof of a genuine follower.


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