The fifth of the five points of TULIP (Calvinism theology) is perseverance of the saints. This was a direct response to the Arminian view of conditional salvation. Perseverance of the saints is the idea that if you’re saved, you’re going to persevere to glory. Arminian theology says you might not; you could lose your salvation along the way.
Having previously written about this, I am going to keep this short. First, Calvinists do not believe that a person is saved “because I prayed the prayer but don’t live according to Christ.” I believe that a person whose faith does not show some sort of works is not truly saved. This is a Biblical principle (James 2:14). I am not saying, of course, that salvation is dependent on works. We are justified apart from works (Eph. 2:8-9, Romans 3:24). My point in all that being that Calvinists do not believe in salvation by “praying the prayer” and nothing else matters. Christ is in the business of not just saving lives, but transforming lives. If He abides in us, then our fruit should show evidence of Him at work within us.
When the Bible is rightly interpreted by what the text says and not what people say then the truth will become apparent.
The real question here is “Is our faith genuine, is it real?” If it is real, a person will not be lost. If it is not real, then a person cannot be lost either – they were never really saved.
A case may be made for Judas. He was a believer but then betrayed Jesus in the end. I believe that Judas did not lose his salvation. I believe that He was never truly a believer in his heart. Also, what of Peter? He denied Jesus three times. Yes, he denied Him outwardly, but he never denied Him in his heart. This is shown by Peter weeping after outwardly denying Him.
God’s grace is effective in accomplishing the regeneration of those whom He has called to be His own.
Study verses for this section: 2 Samuel 11, Philippians 1:16, John 10:27-29, Hebrews 12:2, John 17:12, Matthew 7:21-23, Mark 4:5-6, 2 Corinthians 7:10, 2 Corinthians 1:22, Ephesians 1:13, Hebrews 6:4-6, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 4:2, Colossians 2:13
– Adam Smith