Scripture teaches that once an individual is saved, our salvation can never be lost, taken away, or given up, as a punishment for a mistake or wrongdoing. There are two words or phrases used to describe this security: Assurance – the primary source of our assurance is the Word of God and the basis is that God declares that it is so, and He cannot lie or change His mind: “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” <Jn.5:24 (NIV); see also Jn.3:36; 1 Jn.3:1>. Evidence of our salvation is seen in our profound consciousness of issues pertaining to God and the internal witness of the Holy Spirit. Such experiences include love for fellow believers, desire for understanding the scriptures, conviction of sin, good works; . Eternal security: the question, “Can a truly born again Christian ever be lost?”, is asked by may believers; and some teach that since we have eternal life we can live as we like – even in sin without fear of judgment. We must, however, be careful to understand that God’s chastening even to the point of death will take care of such behaviour. God’s wrath will be upon all immorality and disobedience, and it could be said that such behaviour is evident in false professors of Christianity . The Scriptures teach that our God is able to keep all that have trusted in Him for their salvation, and that nothing can ever separate us from Him: “To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy…” . As Christians we are encouraged to work out our salvation with the understanding that we can do so because God is working in us , and that we should always turn away from evil since our Lord knows all those that belong to Him . There are many other scriptures that teach that we can never lose our salvation and that we can never be separated from our heavenly Father . Some scriptures may be misinterpreted because they are taken out of context or incorrectly applied to the Church; our Lord in reference to the end of the age, or the period of tribulation, stated that those Jews that endured to the end would be saved or delivered , this enduring would indicate that they really believe. Some teach that our failure to warn the unsaved of coming judgment will cause us to lose our own souls, but here again the reference is not to the Church, it is to the nation of Israel and to the prophet Ezekiel . There are also those that are known as apostates or false professors, who are never actually born again, and these will abandon “the” faith, not a personal faith in Christ , and false teachers who are not saved and have left the “straight way” (NIV) . Our “holding on” or “holding fast” is the evidence of our salvation and not a condition . Another passage that is often taken out of context, saying that believers can “fall away”, is referring to Jewish believers urging them to leave the rituals of Judaism and to mature in the character of Christ, and there are other references to Jewish people who falsely profess to be believers in Christ . These have only been mentally but not spiritually enlightened, they have only tasted but are not partakers of the divine Spirit; and despite their spiritual opportunity they chose to reject Christ and cling to the dead ritual of Judaism. This passage does not apply to true believers in Christ, but it is applicable to individuals today who may be students of Christianity yet decide to reject the salvation offered to them, and God cannot offer anything further but eternal judgment. “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” ; this “falling from grace” refers to falling from the principle of living by grace to the principle of living by legalism; and other passages refer to loss of rewards rather than a loss of salvation . The attributes of each Person of the Godhead guarantees a permanent and secure salvation, completely by grace and not by our works, and cannot be lost .