Can a believer's name be blotted out of the book of life?

We had an email question from a reader which asked about whether or not our names can be blotted out of the lamb's book of life. Below is the question and our response.

"I am a believer (has accepted Christ). I used to believe as you that once saved always saved. And I think I still DO believe that. However, recently, a man a work who belongs to Assembly of God church tells me that we can lose our salvation and have our names blotted out of the lambs book of life. He says that if you are back-slidden and don' repent you will NOT go to heaven, and that you WILL LOSE your salvation. He states Revelation 17:8 and Revelation 3:5 pertaining to "those blotted out" are believers, otherwise their names would not have been written in the book. Please decipher this message for me. Now, all of a sudden, I feel that I have lost the joy of my salvation and am extremely worried that sins I have committed or am going to will make me lose salvation"
I am not sure what he is trying to do with those verses, but they do not say that anyone has ever had their name blotted out of the book of life. In fact, they say just the opposite, that no believer will ever be blotted out.

Rev 3:5 He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life , but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels.
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Rev 17:8 The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
NIV

They have either never been written in it or were promised to never have it removed. Other Scriptures say it the same way.

Rev 13:8 all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.
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Rev 20:15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life , he was thrown into the lake of fire.
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Rev 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life . NIV

God promised to never blot out the names of those who are saved and Rev 17:8 says those who go into the abyss had never had their names written in it to begin with, not that their names were in but later blotted out.

They might be trying to make the word "overcome" sound as if it means that we must "work" to overcome and keep our names in the book of life. However, we know from Scripture that is not true. Who is it that overcomes? He who works for it? No. The Scripture tells us plainly.

1 John 5:5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
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That is how we overcome, we believe. And if we overcome, which means if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then we will never have our names blotted out of the book of life.

As we can see, it is essential that we test all of mans teaching against the Scripture. The exact Scripture they were using to make their point actually contradicted it. Never take any man's word for it, but go to the Word of God and read it, in it's entire context. If it contradicts what they are teaching then what they are teaching is wrong. It's that simple.

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  1. My dear brother in christ , this is why the church is so luke warm,opps if it is he will spit them out of his mouth, he who has an ear let him hear not interpet to tickle an ear, if the continue in the confidence, if we endure, overcome, of couse it in christ jesus our lord ,but peter said to add tpo our faith virtue ,virtue knowledge etc,,, if not we have forgotten, and our blind, and stumble. we are call to awake out of our sleep, ( sin) romans13:11, the deeds of the flesh are, ( he who does these thing will not inherit the kingdom of God, deut 32:32,33 all the warning to the churches are warning to us. so if you dont endure or over come what happens. 2thess2;2-6 what happens, a falling away, john 6;66 sad verse many disciples walk with him no more, they where call disciples, also see james 4;4 what does james call the believers ? we here in america take sin to lighty, but if you want to tell others once saved always save have at it, oh one other very strong warn in revelation 22:18-19, and also God is not mocked whatsoever we so we will reap,so one who beleive he is a christian and lives like the world , that faith is dead, and john 15 about one who bares no fruit what happens .jude what the warning was to the believer who would not beware what would happen. ouch!!!!

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  2. The problem is you failed to respond to any verses used in the article nor do you understand the doctrine of Eternal Security. You can not pick and choose which Scriptures you choose to believe.

    The names of those who were lost and cast into the lake of fire had NEVER had their names written in the book of life. Why? Because they had never believed. Yes, we need to be over-comers, but that does not mean we need to work to keep our salvation. As we pointed out those who overcome are those who truly believe.

    1 John 5:5 "Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."

    All we need to be an over-comer is to believe. However, Eternal Security does not mean you have head knowledge with no faith. James is absolutely right, faith without works is dead. However, it's not that a person had faith and then lost it because they did not work, but rather those who bear no fruit and have no works never had faith to begin with. As the example of Abraham was clear, belief causes us to act, if we do not act it was never true faith to begin with. It was Abraham's belief that made him act in faith.

    James 2:22 "You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, 'Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,'"
    NIV

    If Abraham had said he believed God but did not act in faith, it would be evident that he really did NOT believe God. It would not have meant his faith left him, but that it was non existent from the beginning.

    That is why we are told to test ourselves and see if we are in the faith.

    2 Cor 13:5 "Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test?"
    NIV


    If we fail the test, we did not lose our salvation, we never had it.

    To learn more see our other articles
    http://www.guidedbytruth.com/search/label/Eternal%20Security

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