I do agree salvation can not be lost. I personally believe however like it says in Romans (Romans 2:5-8) that there will be a day (Judgement Day) when "God's righteous judgement will be revealed" and "God will give to each person according to what he has done.". Good works mean nothing without faith. Works are simply a manifestation of obedience and faith. Those that have endured and finished the race will receive their reward and be spared judgement. Will God save someone who doesn't remain faithful and obedient? That to me sounds like someone who believed for a while and even received the Word with joy but fell away in times of temptation as we are told in Luke.If we can lose our salvation because of our sinful works and must do good works to get that salvation back (which is what those that believe one can lose their salvation are claiming) than there would be no need for a Saviour.
According to those that believe that, it's their good works that redeems them after they've lost their salvation due to sinful works. And that belief is in direct contradiction of what God's Holy Word says and is nothing but a false man made doctrine.
Salvation can only come from the Saviour. Our works can't save us. And to preach that they can is preaching nothing but a lie and is exactly what satan wants to be preached.
Nothing more and nothing less.
Jesus tells us in
10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love.
He also says in Matthew and Luke that believers who are obedient will receive eternal life
To me it isn't can someone lose their salvation but rather can someone lose their faith. If a believer can receive the word with joy and still fall away or not remain in Christ's love by failing to be obedient then to me it can only be one of two things. Either the person never was a believer in the first place or believers can lose faith and fall away.
But if a person never was really a believer to begin with how would they ever have been in Christ's love as surely God can not be fooled? And why would Luke say specifically some will believe for a while and receive the Word with joy?
However I do agree that salvation can not be lost and that works do not redeem us. If someone hates their brother, refuses to forgive others, forsakes assembly, does not repent when they sin, etc then no amount of good works makes any difference. Obedience to me in fact really is not even a separate category from faithfulness as one who is faithful will be obedient out of love.
I think you and I can agree that regardless of what it means as far as was someone truly a believer or not, that someone that does not remain faithful is not going to be saved. If their faith was on the rock, if their seed did not take root, if they give into temptation and fall away..for whatever reason or whatever that implies about their original faith and whether they were a believer, one does need to keep their faith to be saved.
Perhaps that is why Paul says to examine ourselves daily and why both Paul and James say don't just listen to the word and deceive ourselves but those that follow the Word will be saved.
So maybe that would be the better message to get across to people. Not that salvation can be lost or that salvation can be earned but rather make sure we test ourselves daily to make sure we are not simply Christian in name but Christian in deed. If when we examine ourselves daily and we can see our faith is strong and that we continue to strive to please God out of love then we know what we have heard has taken root. To me that is the real warning, to make sure we are not simply paying lip-service but that we have committed to the faith. Those that have will most certainly be saved and any transgressions of the faithful who will naturally be sorry when they stumble will be forgiven.