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Can I Lose My Salvation? (2 of 7)
Series: Now That's a Tough One: Answering the Difficult Questions of Life
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Many years ago in San Francisco they were building a bridge. It was a massive project called the Golden Gate Bridge, a thirty-five million dollar project at that time, a great, great sum of money. How many people have ever been on the Golden Gate Bridge? You know that it's an incredible structure that man built. Well, the workers on that bridge were very, very nervous and very worried and very concerned because the superstition, the rule of thumb for bridges, especially at that time, was for every million dollars spent on a bridge, a man would fall and lose his life. Now, when you build the Golden Gate Bridge, to fall from that distance is equivalent to hitting a brick wall at 80 miles an hour, so the workers were very, very nervous. And the chief engineer of the project, he believed that as many as three dozen men could lose their lives. So he talked the city of San Francisco into doing something that had never been done on a project like that. They put in a big trapeze net underneath the workers to give the workers a sense of security, so if they did fall, they would fall into the net and they'd be safe. One worker said, after they put the net in, "I felt like I could dance on the steel." The work began to pick up as the men didn't have any fear of falling anymore, and they would walk across those beams.
Now, in the Christian life, many, many Christians have a fear that they can fall, not from the Golden Gate Bridge, but fall from grace, fall from a position with God and somehow fall out of God's family. And so they live their Christian lives a little bit tentative, a little bit nervous. They're not dancing on the steel, so to speak, because they have some fear there that they could do something, they could cross some line they could commit some sin and cross some line and somehow fall out of God's family.
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