In the past few days, yet another “Christian” band member claims to have lost their faith in God. Some of my fellow believers they will say and think, “Well, that person just lost their salvation.”
I will contend that this person was really never saved from the beginning. Caleb, how can you say this?
According to Scripture, people who profess to know Christ at one time but later deny Him were never really saved, to begin with. First John 2:19 says, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us.”
A true believer will never depart from the faith (Phil. 1:6), so those who do so are revealing that they were never truly saved (John 8:31; Heb. 3:14).
Even true Christians can sin, however, and because of that, they may lack assurance of salvation (Psalm 51:12). A failure to grow spiritually can also rob us of the confidence that we are God’s children (2 Pet. 1:9). But anyone indwelt by the Holy Spirit is secure eternally because He is the “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance” (Eph. 1:14).
One who is saved “has everlasting life, and … is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Eternal life by definition cannot be temporary. It is the present possession of all those who have truly trusted Christ.
So, when you read things like this, know that the faith that they had was not a faith that was based in biblical principles. Rather, it was based in their own human understanding and experience, and in the end, that will never transform or save. It’s a BIBLICAL understanding of who Jesus is that will transform and save.
The bottom line is that we can know for a fact that this rock star never truly loved Jesus. Why? Because if he did love Christ he would have kept his commands.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
So what should we do? Pray for this man’s salvation. Pray that the Holy Spirit does a redemptive work in his heart and that his life will be transformed by the power of the Gospel rather than being entertained by Contemporary Christianity.