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Perils of Departing

Am I In Danger of losing My salvation If I Backslide?

Hebrews 6:4-6 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, [5] And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, [6] If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. [KJV]

This Passage has caused many to doubt their salvation. Some say it is one of the most difficult Passages to interpret. Many commentators simply avoid it. Do these verses prove that a person can lose his/her salvation? NO! These verses refer to so-called "professing" Christians, NOT possessors of Christ in their heart (true believers). There is a BIG difference in those who SAY they are Christians, and those who really are. "Fall away" means to stumble or fall down. There are examples in the Bible of men who fell away. Peter is the first to come to mind (Luke 22:32). Peter suffered loss, yes! But he was NOT lost! He did NOT lose his salvation. David fell away, but he certainly did not lose his salvation (1 Sam.13:14; Acts 13:22). David lost the "joy of his salvation", he did NOT lose his salvation (Psalm 51:12).

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. [22] Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? [23] And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.[KJV] . . . MANY people SAY "I'm a Christian", but that does NOT make them a child of God! Only our Lord knows a person's heart.

The verses in Hebrews refer to those who were enlightened, they tasted, and they were convicted by the Holy Spirit; but they fell away because they had never been saved in the first place. Hebrews 6:9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. [KJV] The writer says he is convinced there are "better things" for TRUE believers, things that "accompany salvation." To me, this proves these people were never saved to start with. Actually Heb.6:4-6 prove that it is impossible for a saved person to ever be lost. The writer states: "If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance." In other words, IF a person were saved, then lost, it would be impossible for that person to ever be saved again. http://hisservants.org/hard_heb.6.4-9_h_s.htm

John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. [29] My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. [KJV] . . . IF a person is truly saved, they are saved forever!

Some say Heb.6:4-6 points to the danger of the Hebrew Christians returning to Judaism, thus committing apostasy. Some say it applies to today, to superficial believers who renounce their Christianity, or to unbelievers who come close to salvation and then turn away. Either way, those who reject Christ, for any reason, will NOT be saved! Christ died once for all. He will not be crucified again. Without acceptance of His Work on the cross, there is NO other possible way of salvation. The writer is warning against hardness of heart that would make repentance impossible for the sinner.

Maybe this Passage is saying something else. In verse 6, it says: "to renew them again unto repentance." Repentance, NOT salvation! Is it possible the writer was speaking about the fruit of salvation, not the root of salvation? Isn’t is possible the writer is discussing things that "accompany salvation" and not salvation itself? Maybe he is speaking of the fruit true believers produce, and the rewards that come to him/her as a result. There is a real danger of our entire works being burned up so that we lose all rewards we could have had.

1 Cor. 3:11-15 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. [12] Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; [13] Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. [14] If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. [15] If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. [KJV] . . . What these verses are clearly saying to me is: anything we do for Christ will stand, everything else will be burned up. ALL the works of every believer will be tested when we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ. Before we were "born again" our works don’t count. Anything we do without Christ is like "filthy rags" (Is.64:6). God will not accept dirty laundry! We must be cleansed by the "precious Blood of Christ" (1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7).

I have given several ways to look at these verses. I hope this will be a help to you. Once a person truly repents of his/her sin, God forgives completely, even the times you turned your back on Jesus (as Peter did). A truly saved person CANNOT lose their salvation, no matter what! See, for forgiveness: Psalm 3:12; Micah 7:19; Hebrews 8:12; 1 John 1:9. See: http://www.hisservants.org/once_saved,_always_saved_h_s.htm

Once you become a child of God, you are His child forever! God will NOT say "Today you are my child, but IF you do wrong, I’ll disown you." You receive the Holy Spirit when you become His child, and He abides with you "forever"! (John 14:16). God does not give you His Spirit today, then rip Him away from you tomorrow!

How Did Peter Backslide?

Read Luke 22:31-62. When we accept Christ as our Saviour and Lord, we are given a "new nature" which spiritually hungers after God, and a supernatural tendency to do what is right. But, we also still possess our "old nature" which is sinful and inclined to do wrong. Sometimes believers fall back spiritually or "backslide." God speaks of this. Jeremiah 3:22 Return, ye backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto thee; for thou art the Lord our God. [KJV] . . . God tells us here: "Come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts."

Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ closest disciples backslid. In Luke 22 we see his spiritual regression. WARNING! Even the most faithful and mature believers are capable of letting their guard down.

Not only did Peter claim that he would "die" with Jesus, but he also contradicted the Lord’s prediction that he would fall (Luke 22:34). He denied his own weakness to sin. The Bible warns us: 1 Corinthians 10:12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. [KJV] . . . https://godcannotlie.org/1_cor_ch10.htm

Even after Jesus specifically instructed Peter to pray, he fell asleep instead. How many of us would have done the same? In Matthew’s account of this incident, Jesus had even warned them: Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. [KJV] . . . Yet Peter felt no weakness and saw no need to pray and watch.

A lack of closeness and fellowship with the Lord will always be at the foundation of all spiritual regression. Although Peter was still following Jesus, he was not following as closely as he should have been. Some believers want to try to live in both worlds. They want to be believers, but they don’t want to be TOO committed. There is great danger when you try to live this way. Following God at a distance can be very dangerous.

Peter hoped to go unnoticed in the large crowd, so he joined with the very people responsible for arresting his Lord. The Bible tells us: Psalm 1:1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. [KJV] . . . We should never follow any advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with scoffers. Tragically, Peter was doing exactly that. When the spiritual passion in our heart subsides, the fire for Jesus Christ grows cold, and we look elsewhere for warmth. BEWARE!!!

Peter reached his final step of spiritual regression when he denied knowing or ever being with Jesus. Peter seemed as though he had lost all sense of reality and awareness of God. Despite Peter’s fall, he was restored. In Luke 22:61, his eyes met those of Jesus, and Peter cried bitterly. As he grieved over his sin, Jesus saw his heart. God can use sorrow in our lives to help us turn away from sin and seek salvation (2 Cor. 7:10). Jesus wanted Peter to know that He still loved him. As Christians, we ALL will sin. If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth (1 John 1:8). But the Holy Spirit will lovingly convict us of that sin and lead us back to the cross, where we can confess it and turn from it. When we sin we should run TO the Lord, NOT AWAY from Him. Dont backslide!


From the Book of Proverbs

Proverbs often compares the lifestyles of the wicked and the righteous, showing us that we should live by God’s pattern, and in His will. The advantages of righteous living and the disadvantages of wicked living are pointed out. The kind of person we decide to be will affect every area of our lives.

Outlook on Life

Some are hopeful . . .  Some are fearful. Proverbs 10:24 The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. [KJV]

Some are concerned about the welfare of God’s creation . . . But some, even their kindness is cruel. Proverbs 12:10 A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. [KJV]

Understand justice . . . Don’t understand justice. Proverbs 28:5 Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things. [KJV]

Response to life.

Covered with blessings . . . Covered with violence. Proverbs 10:6 Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked. [KJV]

Bent on evil. Proverbs 16:30 He shutteth his eyes to devise froward things: moving his lips he bringeth evil to pass. [KJV]

Give thought to their ways . . . Put up a bold front. Proverbs 21:29 A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way. [KJV]

Persevere against evil . . . Brought down by calamity. Proverbs 24:15-16 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place: [16] For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. [KJV]

Hate those with integrity. . . Concerned about the lost. Proverbs 29:10 The bloodthirsty hate the upright: but the just seek his soul. [KJV]  

How they are seen by others.  

Are appreciated . . . Do not endure. Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard. [KJV]

Lead others into sin. Proverbs 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [KJV]

Conduct is upright . . . Conduct is devious. Proverbs 21:8 The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right. [KJV]

Are not to desire the company of godless people . . . Plan violence. Proverbs 24:1-2 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. [2] For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief. [KJV]

Some are glad, triumph . . . Others hide when they rise to power. Proverbs 28:12 When righteous men do rejoice, there is great glory: but when the wicked rise, a man is hidden. [KJV]

Care for the poor . . . Unconcerned about the poor. Proverbs 29:7 The righteous considereth the cause of the poor: but the wicked regardeth not to know it. [KJV]

Detest the dishonest . . . Detest the upright. Proverbs 29:27 An unjust man is an abomination to the just: and he that is upright in the way is abomination to the wicked. [KJV]

Quality of life.

Stand firm . . . Swept away. Proverbs 10:25 As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation. [KJV]

Delivered by righteousness . . . Trapped by evil desires. Proverbs 11:6 The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

No real harm befalls them . . . Constant trouble befalls them. Proverbs 12:21 There shall no evil happen to the just: but the wicked shall be filled with mischief. [KJV]

Income results in treasure . . . Income results in trouble. Proverbs 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble. [KJV]

Avoid evil. Proverbs 16:17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil: he that keepeth his way preserveth his soul. [KJV]

Fall into constant trouble. Proverbs 17:20 He that hath a froward heart findeth no good: and he that hath a perverse tongue falleth into mischief. [KJV]

Are bold as lions . . . Are always fearful. Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. [KJV]

Will be safe . . . Will suddenly fall. Proverbs 28:18 Whoso walketh uprightly shall be saved: but he that is perverse in his ways shall fall at once. [KJV]

Short term results.

Walk securely . . .  Will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known. [KJV]

Rewarded with prosperity  . . . Pursued by misfortune. Proverbs 13:21 Evil pursueth sinners: but to the righteous good shall be repaid. [KJV]

Long term results.  

God protects them . . . God destroys them. Proverbs 10:29 The way of the Lord is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity. [KJV]

Will be punished for rebellion. Proverbs 17:11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. [KJV]

Eternal expectations

Never uprooted . . .  Will not remain. Proverbs 10:30 The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth. [KJV]

Earn a sure reward . . .  Earn deceptive wages. Proverbs 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward. [KJV]  

Attain life . . . Go to death. Proverbs 11:19 As righteousness tendeth to life: so he that pursueth evil pursueth it to his own death. [KJV]

End only in good . . .  End only in wrath. Proverbs 11:23 The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath. [KJV]  

Will stand firm . . .  Will be overthrown. Proverbs 12:7 The wicked are overthrown, and are not: but the house of the righteous shall stand. [KJV]  

Have a refuge . . . Will be brought down when they die by calamity. Proverbs 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death. [KJV]

God’s opinion of them.

Delights in the good . . . Detests the perverse. Proverbs 11:20 They that are of a froward heart are abomination to the Lord: but such as are upright in their way are his delight. [KJV]

Evil people will bow to them . . . They will bow to the righteous. Proverbs 14:19 The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous. [KJV]

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