Decisions: In Flesh Or Spirit
The question was, If a Christian, after 5, 10 or 15 years decides to walk away from God, are they really saved? We saw our salvation is a free gift. We did not get our salvation from our works and we can not loose it then, by our works. Galatians explains that truth.
So how do you explain one turning their back on God? People make free will choices to believe God or not to believe. Paul tells us we are in a battle, a war in the spirit realm and how to fight that battle and win is fight it in the spirit, not the flesh. That is what Ephesians tells us.
When people turn away from God after 5, 10 or 15 years, they have been convinced, in their heart and soul (mind), by someone, the Christian life is not worth living for. Are they still saved? Yes but remember, our rewards are based on what we do for Christ. Not our salvation, but our rewards. What we do in this world, in the flesh, determines our rewards or loss of rewards.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 KJV
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
So a Christian who walks away from God has been deceived by something (wealth, “things”) or they have been deceived by someone. Jesus explained this teaching in the parable of the sower in Luke 8.
Luke 8:11-15 KJV
Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
13 They on the rock are they , which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
We all have a choice, if we want to live for ourself and satisfy our flesh or do we want to live for the Lord. It is your choice. Know this, your decision will impact your future when your spirit and soul depart from your body.