Wanderers From the Truth

Goats wandering in 1 direction away

So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God. You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.
For it’s impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened—those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come—and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.
When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it. – Hebrews 6:1-8

My understanding of Hebrews 6 is that the author of is saying that the reason people who once tasted (basically all the good stuff), including having a partnership with the Holy Spirit can’t be brought back to that status, so to say, is because they are still behaving in their blasphemous ways…they’re not even trying to come back. Instead, they’re still nailing Jesus to the cross with their anti-Christian behaviors. It’s not that they can’t ever come back…they can’t come back because they’re still acting out against Christ, and they need to stop this before they can and may return…they’re wanderers, and they’re wandering away from the Truth. Verse 7 is connected to it, for the author is basically saying that ones who continue to stay with the teachings and come back for more, produce fruit, thus receive a blessing from God. But those who do not return, will not receive the blessing, for they have chosen to stop coming back.

Keep in mind, the context is talking about how people should be mature Christians by now. They know all the basics…so now they should be going out and evangelizing – but they’re not, and some are even falling away. I figure the passage has to fit into what’s being talked about, especially since it’s talking about spiritual maturity before and after the passage. Otherwise, one would have to wonder if somebody else had added it in later, assuming it did not fit in with the rest of the chapter. So in other words, if they’re running left, it is impossible for them to run right, because they’re still running left…they must first stop, turn around, and run right (stop, repent, and follow Christ). But these people they’re talking about haven’t stopped. Instead, they’re running full-force to the left. That’s why it is impossible for them to come right. And we cannot force them to come back, for then it wouldn’t be true repentance.

Notice also, James 5:19-20: “If anyone among you wanders from the truth and is brought back by another, you should know that whoever brings back a sinner from wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.” Though this doesn’t say anything about the wayward person having the Holy Spirit, James is saying that it is possible to bring somebody back whom has wandered off. And if we do bring them back, then that person will be saved from both death and a multitude of sins.

But now, the question that arises after this all this, is: “Is it possible to lose our salvation?” By falling away, personally I would say no. But by choosing to turn the other way and continue in that direction, I do not know, for both passages say that when they come back, they will be saved, and that if they do not return, they will not be saved (according to James’ passage anyway). But the wrestling point come from something Dr. John Weborg told me once, “If there is nothing we can do to obtain salvation, then there is nothing we can do to lose it either.”

But yet, then again, we agree that Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship. So if you break away from a relationship…and it is not about love that saves us, because God loved everybody even before He sent His Son (in case somebody was to bring in the example of love in a relationship…never actually stop loving somebody vs. stop loving them).

And yet again, I believe the question to ask is, is it possible to fully break away from a relationship with God?

1 Comment

  1. Matthew 25:33–“And He will put the sheep on His right, and the goats on the left”. Interesting that your photo features goats. In the Bible, sheep are lost and found/saved (Luke 15), but goats are neither lost nor found/saved…goats never had a relationship with the Great Shepherd in the first place, nor did anything for the Lord and His kingdom.

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