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Can born again Christians lose their salvation?

Many theological debates have taken place concerning this question. First, let's review how someone becomes born again.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
(Rom. 10:9-10)
We become born again when we believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, and confess with our mouths, "Jesus is Lord." We can't work for our salvation because we receive it by faith (Eph. 2:8-10).

I'm also convinced that we don't have to work to keep our salvation; we must only continue to believe (Col. 1:22-23). There are many Christians who aren't living for God and even practice sin. Many of these Christians are trapped, as they don't know how to walk free from sin.

All Christians must realize that they will have to answer to God for the lifestyle they live while on the earth (1 Cor. 4:5; Rom. 14:10-11). I'm convinced that the only thing that will cause Christians to lose their salvation is to confess with their mouth, "Jesus isn't Lord," and believe in their heart that God didn't raise Him from the dead.

The following Scripture supports this belief.
Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him (this happens when you're born again, see Gal. 2:20), we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him.

If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless (don't live for God), he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.
(2 Tim. 2:11-13)
Christians can lose their salvation, but they'd have to deny or disown the Lord.

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Joseph Cameneti
Web site: Believers Church
Joe Cameneti Sr. is the lead pastor of Believers Church, located in his hometown of Warren, Ohio. Pastor Joe, along with his wife Gina, pioneered Believers Church in 1983 following his graduation from Bible School. In addition to leading a thriving local church, Pastor Joe is the host of a weekly show called "BCTV." The program is aired locally, reaching over 30,000 people each month. Pastor Joe is a gifted communicator, skilled in the art of building bridges to unchurched America. Transparent and authentic, you'll walk away challenged and encouraged to connect with God in a deeper way.

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