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Falling Away

Posted in Scripture with tags , , , , , on August 9, 2014 by James Polk

fallingHeb 6:4  For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit,
Heb 6:5  and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,
Heb 6:6  and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
Heb 6:7  For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.
Heb 6:8  But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

This is a favorite proof text among Arminians/synergists against the doctrine of the Perseverance of the Saints. There are many who use this passage to prove that salvation can be lossed. But is that really what the writer to the Hebrews was teaching when he wrote verses 4 – 6? It sure looks that way, that is, until you continue reading.

Heb 6:9  Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things–things that belong to salvation.

While there is much to consider and much to discuss, (which I’m willing to do), regarding the passage in question, my purpose in this short post is to point out the elephant in the room. The writer is clear in verse 9. Despite his manner of speech, his words apply to false bretheren, not those who possess true salvation.

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