DOES THE BOOK OF HEBREWS TEACH THAT A CHRISTIAN CAN APOSTATIZE?

The “falling away” recorded in the Book of Hebrews 5:11-6:6 refers to first century Jews who had been led by the Holy Spirit to leave Judaism and confess Christ, who are now in danger of resisting the Holy Spirit under pressure of persecution, and hardening their hearts against the conviction of the Holy Spirit and     go back to the “Elementary” or beginning and incomplete teachings about Christ under the Old Testament system of types and foreshadows.

They are warned in Hebrews 3:7-8: “So as the Holy Spirit says: ‘Today, if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts”. They were led by the Holy Spirit to see their need of Christ, but after repeated resistance they were in danger of grieving the Spirit away: “If we deliberately keep on sinning (by hardening our hearts) after we have received the knowledge of the truth, (after the Holy Spirit convicts us of our need of Christ) no sacrifice for sin is left (If Christ is rejected, there is no other sacrifice for sin) But only a fearful expectation of judgment and a raging fire that will consume the enemies of God”.

In verse 29 these people are said to have “trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of Grace?

To harden our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction of our need of Christ is to walk on the blood of Christ as a common thing, and insulting the Holy Spirit who has brought this conviction to us.

Christians who are truly born again cannot lose their salvation because the Holy Spirit lives in them. But unbelievers who are on the verge of receiving Christ can harden their hearts to the Holy Spirit’s conviction and “fall away” from receiving Christ.

WHAT IS THE MAIN ARGUMENT FOR BIBLICAL CREATION?

The ancient myths of creation all begin with matter in some form or another, as do the so-called more sophisticated theories of evolution. They all begin with space, matter and time. Only the Bible begins with the First Cause: an Eternal, Almighty, Personal God. Only this can explain the intelligent design of creation with life and personality.

Biblical creation begins with God alone. He was the preexisting intelligence and power necessary to bring creation into being, operating from another dimension. God created everything out of nothing. He simply spoke the creation into existence.

The following is taken from my book THE BIBLE EXPLAINED.

The universe is clearly a place of thought and planning. Only persons can think and plan. If you find yourself in a room with a soda machine, you put your money in and the machine gives you a soda. We know that matter cannot think. A person who can think had to design that machine to obey a certain built-in response to the money being inserted.

Machines do not think; matter does not think. The stars and planets and other material bodies did not get together and decide which laws they would obey and operate under. A Great Designer did this. As a house is not built simply to look at, but walking through it, one realizes that it was built for people, so also the earth was created for people. As one scientist has said: “Its as though the universe knew we were coming.

HOW CAN MAN HAVE FREE WILL WHEN EVERYTHING IS FOREKNOWN AND FOREORDAINED BY GOD.

We must understand what foreknowledge and foreordination means. It does not men that mankind is not free in their choices. Mankind’s actions are not based on God’s foreknowledge. Rather God’s foreknowledge is based on what mankind will freely do. Foreknowledge is based on the fact, fact is not based on foreknowledge.

The word “foreordained” means “chosen by God”. I Peter 1:20 in the K.J.V. says that Christ was “Foreordained” before the creation of the world to die for our sins. While the N.I.V. says the Christ was “chosen” by God to be the sacrifice for the sins of the world.

This means that God did not CAUSE Judas to betray Christ, but that God included Judas’ and the Sanhedrin’s free will into His plan. God knew from eternity what each person will do with their free will and God made plans based on their acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ and they were ordained or appointed to eternal life, based on His foreknowledge.

All those who will receive Christ are ordained to eternal life. If any are lost it is because they refuse to come to Christ and receive the free gift of eternal life: “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life” (John 5:40). He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance”(II Peter 3:8).

In Revelation 22: 17 and John is about to close the last Book of the Bible the Holy Spirit moves him to end with a final invitation: “The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life”