“I promise you that any of the sinful things you say or do can be forgiven, no matter how terrible those things are. But if you speak against the Holy Spirit, you can never be forgiven. That sin will be held against you forever,” Mark 3:28-29 CEB.
I was in a “once saved always saved” camp, the “impossibility of apostasy” doctrine until a few days ago when I read Hebrews 6. It took a while for me to wrap my head around what I read. What I believed turned out to be half of the truth. We need all the truth. How anyone could study this letter (Hebrews (6:4-8; 10:26-31; 12:14-19), and still contend that it is impossible for a child of God to apostatize is almost an unfathomable mystery.
It’s true the blood of Jesus is powerful comparing to wipe away all sins in the earth combined. It is powerful than every person’s sin in the entire world. But, there is more to it than just half of the story. You see, many people will be led astray and end up in hell because they accept only things they want to hear. When you tell someone is eternally secure, you are pretty much setting them up or giving them permission to do whatever they wish. And because churches need their tithes, they need their memberships, pastors would rather conceal the truth than losing their members. Let God be true and every man be a liar. The Word of God will never change. Heaven and earth will pass away but His word will remain forever. Psalm 119:89 declared, Forever, O LORD, Your word is settled in heaven. And for those who say, this letter was only for the early Christian Jews then the letter to Romans was for only people of Rome and a letter to Timothy was only for Timothy. It is an absurd argument!
When I read Hebrews 6 in my daily devotion, I was left with many questions? What about John 10:28? “I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from Me.” I read also Isaiah 27:3, Jeremiah 23:4, John 6:39, John 6:37, John 10:29, John 17:2, 1 Peter 1:5 among others. If I stopped there then my impossibility of apostasy conviction would be comforted. However I didn’t stop there, I continued with my devotionals. I got to Hebrews 10. The writer was almost like revisiting what he said earlier in Hebrews 6 but this time with a whole new and terrifying warnings against those who fall back to sins. He wrote, “those who have received the knowledge of the truth but who continue to sin deliberately can expect a terrifying display of judgment.” Because:
- They insult the sacrifice of Jesus by trampling the Son of God
- They profane His blood treating it as common or cheap (they basically treat the Blood of Jesus Christ as the blood of goats and bulls which was never able to wash away sins completely).
- They insult the Spirit of grace
And because of that, God declared vengeance belongs to Him and He will repay.
Now, even if this letter was not intended for Christians today, what about Mark 3:28-29?
If you read the Bible prayerfully you will realize there is more to uncover than a few verses. In the end, I am convinced we should always treat the blood of Jesus and the grace of God with fear and trembling. That means we cannot go back and forth between God and sins. Because, even though Jesus will keep us to the end, and yes, no one will snatch us away from Him, but we still have the right to choose even after we were saved. We, at any time in our salvation, can choose to continue in the faith to the end when we will receive the promise of eternal life or discontinue and fall back to sin that leads to spiritual death. Someone can choose to willfully trample Jesus’ sacrifice underfoot. Some believers do that today. People perished for that. It happened before and it will surely happen again. You don’t want to be the person who goes back to perdition.
Below, click on the link to read what this writer put together beautifully in regard to this: Eternal security, Apostasy, Perseverance, Falling from Grace
Is once saved always saved doctrine false? I think it is dangerous but that is for you to decide. As for me and my house, we have made up our minds that we will continue in the faith with perseverance to obtain the promise. Amen!!!