What I am about to say is not a private interpretation. It is the consensus of Christians for two thousand years.
A true Christian can NOT lose their salvation. A true Christian can NOT believe, and then change their mind later on.
This is how it works according to the Bible.
1. God chose whom He would save before the world was ever made.
2. The entire human race is born COMPLETELY spiritually dead, because of what Adam and Eve did in disobeying God. ALL mankind is born with a will enslaved to sin, and will do nothing but suppress the knowledge of God, and reject God.
3. Jesus came and died SPECIFICALLY for His people, the ones God the Father chose.
4. At some time during the life of each one of those chosen people, the elect, the Holy Spirit comes and MAKES them come ALIVE spiritually.
5. When the Holy Spirit does this, the person has a NEW will, and a NEW nature, and the first thing they naturally want to do is repent and trust in Jesus. So, they do. Even if, they know they will suffer for doing it, God’s grace cannot be resisted, and their new nature makes them want to accept Jesus. Their eyes have been PERMANENTLY OPENED.
6. The people whom God has chosen, whom Jesus died for, and the whom the Holy Spirit has made alive, are Gods chosen people, and God the Father CAUSES them to persevere in the faith until the end.
THAT……….is why there is no such thing as “I used to be a Christian…”
I take your word for it, you mentally believed some facts about Jesus,and God.
Demons also believe the same facts.
You grew up around some Christians, and you saw at least some benefit from their belief, and you decided that you also believed. You gave it a try, and maybe a serious try at that. Kind of like some people try yoga, or positive thinking.
But, that did NOT make you a Christian. GOD makes people Christians, and ONLY He saves.
You will be saved if and when God’s Holy Spirit MAKES you come alive spiritually, and then you will be a Christian. I would suggest asking God to save you, and putting yourself in the place where you hear the Word of God preached, etc.
If you need scripture verses to show what I have said here, I have about 130 concerning those numbered points I made above.
I did not just believe in facts. Given the experiential stories I have told you about [in the comments of 2.7: Losing God] and referenced in my videos numerous times:
-speaking in tongues
-speaking to Jesus
-feeling God’s presence
-feeling God’s guidance
you must simply be *ignoring* me because it would make your argument weaker if you actually acknowledged the truth. The truth is: I did not just believe in logical propositions. The truth is: I had very touching and meaningful *experiences* as a Christian, every bit as passionate and heartfelt as any other Christian.
If you want to continue to ignore these personal experiences I had, and simply go on thinking smugly to yourself how I “only believed in facts”, that is your privilege. But it would be delusional and irrational for you to continue to do so.
“A true Christian can NOT lose their salvation. A true Christian can NOT believe, and then change their mind later on.”
When you make statements like this, you are committing the No True Scotsman fallacy, which is explained in this video: