I have always wondered why people persist in talking about "keeping" or "losing" salvation. You often see phrases like, "You can't lose your salvation," or "Can you lose your salvation?" Try this: "You can't lose your birthday!" Reply: "Yes, you don't keep it either." Salvation is an event not a possession. You don't keep or lose events. It is absurd to speak of losing OR keeping salvation. Speaking of salvation as a possession in this way only confuses the issue. The real question at hand is whether or not a born again Christian can FALL SHORT of the salvation event that will occur when Jesus comes again (see Heb 9:28; 1 Peter 1:5; Matt 24:13).