Every time I come across Hebrews, chapter 6, my mind ignites with questions!
“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age, if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.” (Heb. 6:4-6)
Does this passage drive anyone else crazy? To begin with, can this really happen? The obvious answer is, “well it’s in the Bible, so of course it can happen.” What I mean is, has this happened recently in the sense that someone can actually give account of it?
To clarify further, has anyone ever interacted with a strong, fruit-bearing, committed Believer, who all of a sudden through it all away and settled on total disbelief? As I’ve asked this question in the past, no one can actually pin-point a personal account. However, depending on their doctrinal ‘positions‘, they have plenty to say. None of which sets my mind at rest.
It amazes me to see the divide in opinion. People seem to be on one of two doctrinal lines: (1) “One can never fall from Glory. If they do, they never attained the position in the first place.” On the other side: (2) “One can fall from Glory; but have the option to regain one’s position through re-commitment.“
Please correct me if I’m wrong; but Hebrews doesn’t seem to lay out either of these positions. Yet, these seem to be the popular options. Perhaps, that’s the purpose of Hebrews 6; to show how difficult it is to fall once God has placed His Spirit inside of us? Yet, from popular opinion, it’s obviously a difficult topic to tackle!
Why is it possible to fall away from God’s grace?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: The Varying Denominational Views on Falling Away – November 17th, 2009