Saturday, February 24, 2007

Can Your Name Be Blotted Out?



“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Revelation 3:5

Can you be lost after you have been saved?  Can your name be blotted out of the book of life?  Yes.  

Jesus spoke to the church in Sardis that to those who “overcometh”, their names would not be blotted out of the book of life.  

First of all, what is the book of life?  It is a book that is in heaven where all the names of the redeemed, or those who have been saved from sin by Jesus Christ.  Revelation 12 through 15 reads the following:  “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”  From that, it is very apparent that your name will have to be written in the book of life in order to make it into heaven.  

If the name is in there, it can also be blotted out, which simply means no longer there.  Revelation 3:5 which is given above signifies this can happen.  Moses knew it was possible when he prayed the following in Exodus 32:31 and 32, “Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”  God’s answer was the following in verse 33: “33  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.”  So now we know that Moses, God, Christ, and the Apostle John who wrote the book of Revelation knew that names could be removed, or blotted out of the book of life.  From these scriptures, we learn that when a name is blotted out of the book of life, a soul is damned and headed for hell unless there is repentance.  This is not popular doctrine but is correct and biblical.  Yet millions of people are taught that all they have to do is pray a simple prayer, get baptized and they’re in for life no matter what.  I’m sorry but that’s a lie from hell!

Let’s look at John 10:27-28.  “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”  No man can pluck Christ’s sheep out of his hand.  That’s right, no one can cause you to lose your soul.   However, there is also a condition and it’s found in verse 27 and that is that they hear his voice and they follow him.  

Lets look at another popular scripture.  “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39  This is true, none of these things listed here can separate us from God’s love.  Isn’t that wonderful!  But we also have to point out that it doesn’t say sin or transgression anywhere.  

Just because you or I can’t give a perfect intellectual answer when someone is cut off from God’s presence doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, because it does.  In Romans 11:22 Paul says the following, “Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.”  Do you see the word “if” that I underlined.  The verses speak for themselves.  

Here’s another one.  “¶  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.”  Here, in John 15:1-2, Jesus is plainly saying that every branch in him that doesn’t bear fruit will be cut off.  Notice that these branches are a part of Him but can be cut off.  He gets more plain in verse 6.  “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.”  In included verse 5 so that this couldn’t be taken out of context.  He’s talking, all throughout this entire passage, to his disciples and then to his church.  

There are many other scriptures that can be brought out but I try not to make these blogs too long.  Please don’t feel that I’m trying to make anyone angry but I am burdened and distressed when I talk to people who feel they are saved but are not living according to God’s Word.  Many have no real knowledge of the Scriptures and are not taught much either.  We want to se souls saved and not lost to the devil through his lies.  

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

I agree with you brother. It is a terrible thing that so many christians are taught that dangerous "fact" that you can't lose your salvation. It's true you can't LOSE it but you can choose to leave God and return to your former way of living which the Bible says in that case it would have been better for you to have not known the way in the first place than to have known the way, then turn your back on God and return to a worldly state. I've tried to tell people about that verse that says you can have your name blooted out of the book of life, even my own pastor. but they do not have (spiritual) eyes to see.

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Anonymous said...

What are you trusting in to be saved. Are you trusting in Christ? If you are trusting in Him for salvation, why can you not trust in Him to keep your salvation. If he cannot keep you saved, than who says he can save you at all. What is redemption, justification, propitiation, eternal life,adoption, everlasting life? You neglect all of these doctrines. Is it possible you have come across something you do not completely understand? God does not lie, He is not the author of confusion, and He is not willing that any should perish. So, why would he tell us we have eternal life, if in fact we do not have eternal life.

Roger Purdy, Sr. said...

I have all the faith that Christ will keep me. That is not a problem. He said he'd never leave or forsake us. The problem is with us, mankind. We were given a freewill nature as exhibited in the Garden of Eden and while God was able to keep man there, man couldn't keep himself due to his disobedience. The same with salvation and following Christ. The doctrines you mentioned are all wonderful doctrines and I'm aware of each, but when God blots a name out of the book of life as mentioned above, he does it because man has gone to far into sin to be one of his, and that can only be fully determined between Christ and man because we know we can come freely to him for forgivness. That's why he told the church in Philidelphia, "Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown." Revelation 3:11 Again, he also gave the condition th the following promise in John 10:28, " And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand." it is in the preceeding verse 27, "My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:" So, if we follow him, he CAN AND WILL keep us. It's up to us!

Capt. Ben said...

God is faithful to His Word. We must take it all seriously. When He closed the door to the ark there were only 8 people along with the animals bird and other critters. Jesus closes the door at the wedding feast and He told the five "foolish virgins" I never knew you. There is a time coming when He will close the door again. It's time for us to share the Word and warn those who are also "foolish" to become born again of His Spirit. Billions are in danger due to "religion". No one in Christ will be rejected but there are many who "claim to be" who will. Please pray with me for a true revival let by the Holy Spirit. Time is short now....

jan said...

The word of God says in matthew 7:21-23"Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord,'shall enter the kingdom of My Father in Heaven"
these people were church people with a relationship, yet to God,they were practicing sin, there fore they became unworthy of Gods grace because of the abuse of their unrepentant hearts

Anonymous said...

First of all, brother, I understand your position of people not being saved because of sin or such and such limit of sin. But remeber, we have all fallen short of the glory of God and where by nature children of wrath as Romans plainly states. By saying that keeping my salvation depends on me not sinning , obviously makes it salvation by works and by grace through faith. The gospel of John clearly states that everyone sins, and that he who says hasn´t sin makes himself a liar. That´s why Jesus needed to come, because besides Him we were never gonna get to the father. Paul says in Romans that we will never be justified by works(obedience) of the law, but by placing our faith in the true savior Jesus Christ. By saying that it all depends on not sinning, you´re saying you can reach God without needing Christ, and you can do it by your own efforts. You will always sin, wether it be in word, thought or deed, that´s why it can´t depend on that. Are you gonna be able to defeat the works of the devil most of the time? Yes. But once in a while a little one of those bad guys will come up. Is one sin more horrifying than another one just becuase of how our natural minds grasp it? No. The bible says, all sin is the same, there´s no difference between lying and stealing and an unrighteous thought of anger. We´ve all fallen short. Christ is all and in all.

pastorcurfew said...

are you sayING "by cruelty weve been lost throuh doubt its all of my own doing t is a lie of the god of this world only the result of my works so i can brag about my incredibiliity to overcome my weakness"

Anonymous said...

I believe the Book of Life was written at the same time all human life was known, ie.; before we were formed in the womb. And all who choose to go to the LORD, ie.; sit in His hand. He doesn't take us unwillingly with His hand. We decide to submit and go into His hand. And those whom He has in His hand, He keeps, and they are verified by the Record in His Book of LIFE, to be revealed at an appointed time. Those who choose to NOT submit to His hand, are blotted out. (with the exception of children and those without the mental capability to choose) Those who are blotted, will have the truth revealed and believe by their sight, and the Book of Life will verify, by the absence of their name, that they are not included to proceed to the 1000 reign with Christ.

Thank you for sharing your article.
God Bless you.

ulises diaz said...

Anonymous, by saying that by our choosing to submitted or not to submitt, our names are or are not in the book of life, clearly implicates that our decisions, not just Christ's finished work on the cross, will determine our ultimate eternal destiny. Therefore if a person chooses to put their faith in Christ, persevering until the end, those will be saved. But those who once put their faith in Christ, and later fell away, or who are actively participating in none Holy behaviors and actions cannot not be saved. OBEDIENCE DEFINITELY has a part in all of this. Jesus himself said "why do you call me Lord and do not Do what I say" The "do" here implies some kind of work or obedience. Not the works of the law which is what the Jews would've understood by works, but a righteous Holy living. Putting your trust in Christ doesn't just mean that you believed that he died for you or that He is the son of God. Even the demons believe and acknowledge and tremble. Are they saved? No. Christianity has been reduced and watered down to a "don't worry be happy" doctrine. "You are forever saved" is being said by faithless preachers all over. Those who understand the whole counsel of God know how to discern these issues. The real question should be the following: are these who profess to be Christians really born again like Jesus told Nicodemus? If not, they are still dead!