The first or second most popular article on this site over the last decade remains Can You Lose Your Salvation?, and while I don’t track email trends, the subject certainly gets much email attention also. One area I haven’t written on involves the idea once you desire to get back from a carnal life how the heck are you supposed to begin?
Will God Take Me Back?
Perhaps the first issue people have is will God even accept me? I’ve heard from lots of people on the losing salvation issue, and even for those who incorrectly believe it is possible, they don’t claim a person who seeks after God will be rejected by Him (cue the Marv Albert sound track “reeeeeeeeejected!”).
Thus, it doesn’t really mater if you can or can’t lose your salvation (even though you can’t), the issue remains if you return to the Lord He won’t turn you away, as Jesus in John 6:37 said “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”, so unless Jesus lied (hint: He can’t), you don’t have to worry about being turned away if you desire to return.
In the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15:11–32, notice the father didn’t turn away the son after he returned from his improper life.
How do you begin? Step one requires finding a church — easier said than done, I know. We’ll lay out a few requirements for a church (and note potlucks don’t make the list):
- Teaches through the entire Bible, chapter by chapter, book by book, verse by verse.
- Takes the Bible seriously, rejecting post-modern philosophy.
- Actually believes Jesus is God, born of a virgin, died on the cross for our sins, rose the third day, and by his completed work we can be forgiven.
Surprisingly, some people have problems understanding the Gospel, and if they get that wrong (since Paul clearly defined it), they’ll likely steer you wrong on many (most?) other issues as well.
You’ve got to find a church taking the Bible seriously, and teaching through all of it.
If you want to obtain a basic but thorough understanding of the Bible, you begin with Chuck Smith. Period. It’s Christianity 101.
Get back in fellowship, because it’s 2:59 AM…