Do you need to keep faith in Christ to be saved?

There are some who say that once you believe, you are saved and can not lose that salvation – regardless of whether you keep believing or what you do. What does scripture state?

Romans 10:9

9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved ;

With belief that God raised Christ from the dead, we are saved. Without belief in Christ, we do not have eternal life, as we see in John 3:16-18

16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 “He who believes in Him is not judged ; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Also, this faith can not be merely an idea which means little to us. It must engender change in us. We must have deeds which show we have faith.

James 2:14-26

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16and one of you says to them, ” Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

17Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. 18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder.

20But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. 24You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.25In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

We see the same thing in what Paul said.

Acts 26:20

20but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.

We are given both grace and faith to be saved. Ephesians 2:8

For by grace you have been saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God ;

Although we must have faith, we know that Paul was not speaking of anyone’s faith but their own because we see in Acts 16:30-31 that Paul told people they must believe in the Lord Jesus to be saved.
Acts 16:30-31

30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved ?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.

So we see that faith is needed to be saved and have eternal life. But is this a faith that we have once and then later no longer have, or is it a faith which we have and continue to have until death?

Matthew 10:22

You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

Matthew 24:12-14

12“Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. 13“But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved14“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Mark 13:13

Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved

Luke 21: 17-19

17and you will be hated by all because of My name. 18“Yet not a hair of your head will perish. 19“By your endurance you will gain your lives.

2 Corinthians 1:21-24

21 Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and anointed us is God, 22 who also sealed us and gave us the Spirit in our hearts as a pledge. 23 But I call God as witness to my soul, that to spare you I did not come again to Corinth.24 Not that we lord it over your faith, but are workers with you for your joy; for in your faith you are standing firm.

Galatians 5:1-3

1It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. 2Behold I, Paul, say to you that if you receive circumcision, Christ will be of no benefit to you3And I testify again to every man who receives circumcision, that he is under obligation to keep the whole Law.

Colossians 1:22-23

22 yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach – 23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.

Romans 2:7

To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.

1 Timothy 2:15

But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

So yes, we must have faith to be saved. But it must be a faith that causes people to repent, turn to God, and have deeds appropriate to repentance. This faith will cause people to demonstrate self-restraint and obedience to God. This faith is supposed to last till the end (until we die) for us to be saved. Otherwise, we are not saved.

This does not speak to the idea of once saved always saved. What I addressed here is the idea that one must have faith wihch engenders change towards God away from sin and said faith must last until one’s death for one to be saved. IF one’s faith does not do all those things, then it is not a saving faith.

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