Salvation is a gift from God that cannot be taken away. When a person is saved, he is always saved. Nothing can separate him from eternal life in Christ and he can live with full assurance of Heaven as his future home.
It is possible to be a pretend Christian, to be near God’s people, to sit with them and fellowship with them, to pray with them and sing with them—and yet never be a true believer in Him. It is even possible to be a Sunday school teacher or a choir member or a regular attendee and a tither—we can be all of those things and still not know Christ in our heart. It is actually common for churches to have pretend Christians that are part of the ministry. They may hide themselves for a good while, but we do know in the last day they will be found out. The Lord knows those who are His. In the time of judgment, He will have no trouble exposing them because though we may be fooled, He never is. The treacherous kiss of Judas is emblematic of the false Christian who will be shown no mercy at the last day. (Excerpted from the sermon, “God’s Beloved by Man Betrayed”) Pastor V. Mark Smith