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.
Posted on April 12, 2012, in Bible and tagged Abandonment, Apostasy, Bible, Biblical Theology, book of hebrews, Christ, Christian, Christian Theology, Christianity, Faith, faith in god, God, Jesus, jesus christ, lord and savior, Love, relationship with god, Religion, saving relationship, savior jesus christ, The Bible, theology, Truth. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.