Can a true Christian fall away? No! Can an apostate fall away? Yes! Why? They were never saved in the first place! Let us examine this scripture.
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.” Hebrew 6:4 ”
First of all this scriptures is talking about those who have heard the gospel , experienced the power of God and TASTED…note the word…TASTED the word of God. …but did not become born again.
This perfectly fits Simon the sorcerer who saw the power of God and even believed in Jesus but guesses what? He was not saved!!
A sinner’s prayer won’t save you! Going to church and hearing the word of God spoken won’t save you. Watching healing programs on TV won’t save you!!!
You must be born again of the Holy Spirit and be given a new nature….God’s nature!!!
For more info on Simon and his false conversion read my blog.https://thegospelofgraceministries.wordpress.com/2013/05/24/believe-with-the-heart/
The scripture is not talking about Christians. It says “those” who have …..”Been enlightened”…..Jesus said many who hear the word receive it but do not bear fruit…why? The devil snatches it away…..and yet God says no one can snatch his sheep from his hand. Obviously, these hear but have no understanding and are not saved. The ones, who go back having loved this present world like Demas, were not saved as John says those who belong to God do not love the world. “If any man love the world then God’s love does not live in him.”
For more info on saving faith read my blog.https://thegospelofgraceministries.wordpress.com/2014/05/27/saving-faith-3/
The Bible says that those who live in sin are of the devil and belong to the devil. Those who are of God have God’s nature and walk in his Spirit. Now if you are really born of God and have his nature you will live a life that pleases God.
John says that if one says they belong to God and live in sin …THEY ARE LIARS!!! Those of God confess their sin and walk in the light.
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:6-10
As for the phrase “tasting” in this scripture, the Bible says that Jesus tasted death. He tasted it but death did not consume him. Death was conquered. It is the same with sin. It has been conquered too. Jesus came to deliver from the power of the devil and the power of sin. If one has not the power to defeat sin in their life then they have no Jesus in their life. For it is the power of God that defeats sin. 🙂
A true Christian will “walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:4), and are “alive to God” (Romans 6:11)
It is interesting to note that while some Christians believe that they need faith in Jesus Christ to save him some have no faith in Jesus Christ to keep them saved.
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”Jude 1:24,25
John and Jesus specifically said that those who live like the devil belong to the devil. Bottom line. Now while a Christian may sin he does not keep on sinning! He is constantly being conformed into the image of Jesus Christ.
Did you know that Jesus did not say to the prostitute, the homosexual, the thief, that they would have a greater damnation? Who did he say this to? The Religious leaders of his day! Why? Because they preferred to be justified by the law of Moses rather than the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
If you add your works to save you or keep you saved then you are not saved. You have no grace in your life. While you may think that you are saved (so do all the cults) and name the name of Jesus ect, You are lost. Why? Because you trod on the blood of Jesus and do not think that it is worthy to save you and nor do you think that the blood of Jesus has power to save from sin and keep you saved from sin.