Sometimes people will make a profession of faith, and then seemingly fall away. We ask ourselves, “Did this person lose their salvation?”
My question, in turn, would be, “Were they ever really saved to begin with?”
If somebody commits their life to Christ—and then walks away and never comes back, I suggest to you that they were never a Christian at all. If, on the other hand, someone commits their life to the Lord, walks away, and then comes back to Christ, I suggest to you that were simply a prodigal.
The true test is where they end up.
A true believer will always come home to the Lord, eventually. A person who is not a true believer won’t. In 1 John 2:19 (NIV) we read: “They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”
If you are really a Christian, you will:
1. confess that Jesus is Lord
2. obey the commandments of Christ
3. be miserable while sinning
4. keep yourself from the devil
5. love others