Apostasy-Abandoning Your Faith

There is a big debate going on between Christians. It’s about the topic of apostasy. The question raised is: Once you come into a saving relationship with God through Jesus Christ, can you lose that salvation? The answer is yes. You can.

Hebrews 3:12 says:

“See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.”

The writer of Hebrews is writing to believers. Throughout the book of Hebrews, the writer warns his readers about the danger of falling away from true faith in God. The danger is spiritual death. The danger is being condemned to hell for eternity. The Greek verb used in this verse means “turn away.” The term literally means “standing away” from God. This term is implying a rebellion, abandonment, or turning from what you previously believed and experienced in your relationship with Jesus Christ and abandoning the body of Christ. It is the consequence of a willing and deliberate choice to “turn away from the living God.” Apostasy is only possible to those who have been in a saving relationship with Christ. Apostasy is not simply denial, it’s willingly turning away from your relationship with Christ and becoming a slave again to sin. It includes rejecting His Word, commands, and standards.

Christianity is about a relationship with God and when you turn from you faith and deny Him, you end that saving relationship. The Bible warns several times against those who turn away from the True Faith. 2 Peter 2:20-22 says:

“If they have escaped the corruption of the world by knowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and are again entangled in it and overcome, they are worse off at the end than they were at the beginning. It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them. Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed goes back to her wallowing in the mud.”

You must take those warnings very seriously! God didn’t inspire these writers to warn the church for no reason. It is very possible to lose your salvation. It happens everyday. If you reject God and turn away from Him, your heart could harden. While God will accept you back if you are truly repentant, you may not get the chance to get right with God. Something could happen or your heart could harden and you could reject God forever. That’s why it’s important to remain faithful to Christ. God will accept you joyfully if you are truly repentant.

Some who reject the faith will even still believe they are Christians. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 13:5:

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

Test yourself. Compare your life to the Bible. Look back at the warnings the Bible gives. If you find that you truly have rejected the faith, turn back before it’s too late! God still loves you and will accept you if you are truly repentant.

I wrote about this today because it has been brought up in conversations multiple times in recent months. I hope this helps you all understand what the Bible says about this topic.

-Austin

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About Austin Coons

20 years old. Follower of Jesus Christ. Studying Pastoral Ministry at Moody Bible Institute.

Posted on April 12, 2012, in Bible and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. There can scarcely be a more dangerous teaching in Christendom today than the Once Saved Always Saved heresy! I’m so glad for blogs like your’s and folks like Dan Corner that expose it! http://www.evangelicaloutreach.org/.
    I was thinking last night, that an aspect of grace is the power to overcome sin. Yet, these OSAS teachers seem to deny that and trample “grace” underfoot with their teachings.

    • The topic of apostasy has come up numerous times in conversation this week. As I’ve been pondering the topic, especially today, I have come to the conclusion that it is a bigger issue than most people give it credit for. While the idea of OSAS won’t condemn you, it may cause your heart to harden to sin because it makes you feel like you have a “liscense” to sin. That’s what makes the idea of OSAS so dangerous.

  2. Throughout the years since I accepted Christ back in 1982, I know of those verses well. I will say I too have thought about them and struggled with the apostasy vs. ‘once saved always saved’, which is based on John 6:32-59, where Jesus teaches that no one comes to him unless the Father draws them, and whoever comes will in no wise be cast out, and will have eternal life. I have always been in churches that taught “once saved, always saved”, but I confess I’ve had some discomfort about that, when speaking of people who literally turn away and reject the Christ that they once received. I’m not talking about just sinning, because as Christians, we still have that war between the Spirit and the flesh. I’m talking about turning away completely. I have some thoughts I’d like to throw out based on this, and on my own life. Do you mind if I link this in my own blog as a reference? I would like to solicit the thoughts of others about this…and you’re most welcome to add yours to the discussion too. I would hope that you would.

    I appreciate your thoughts, and your strong faith. I am impressed at your seeking of God and serving Him at your young age. You must know that is somewhat rare these days. 🙂

    If you have no objection to my linking this, I will begin on it once I receive your approval.

    Blessings,
    Anne

    • I have no objection to you linking this. Feel free to do that at any time. Thank you for your encouragement! I’m glad to say I have people like you that can walk with me on my journey with God.

      I’m so excited that God is using this blog to reach people! To be honest I didn’t expect my blogs to have much of an impact or get very many views, but God has been using them. I thank God he has given me the opportunity to teach and minister to people. I really enjoy it! I had better enjoy it since that’s what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life 🙂

      God bless you!

      -Austin

      • Thank you Austin! And yes…you will be used greatly…and are. God is an amazing God. 🙂 Just remember…you never stop learning. Ha ha. I was in my mid 20’s when I accepted Christ. 55 now. He’s always showing me new things…even sometimes through verses I’ve read many many times…these ‘light bulb’ moments when I suddenly get something like never before. 🙂 Love it. Makes me feel still young, somehow. ha ha!! 🙂 Thank you for your encouragement as well. 🙂 –Anne

      • I taught him everything he knows! 😛

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