Hebrews 6, Follow Up

Q. I really enjoyed this article – but I have a question I did not see addressed.  What is your opinion on backsliders?  I have several adult children who professed faith in Christ as children and now are not walking with the Lord.  Obviously this causes me distress and I pray for them constantly.  Are they still saved even though they have walked away and are living a sinful lifestyle? Continue reading…

Falling Away? A Study of Hebrews 6

A Bible Study by Jack Kelley

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. (Hebr. 6:4-6)

Gracethrufaith.com has experienced remarkable growth since we inaugurated our “Ask A Bible Teacher” feature 2 ½ years ago . In addition, a number of other sites now include our weekly articles as part of their regular offering to their readers. Many of you originally came to us from these other sites.

As a result, we’re continually getting new readers who have questions similar to those previously asked by those who’ve been with us a longer time. A prime example is the barrage of questions I’ve received lately about Hebrews 6:4-6, a passage we dealt with extensively 2 years ago when the site was much smaller. These new questions are based on a view of this passage that while Jesus will never drive us away, we can “fall away” by failing to live a holy life and once we do, it’s over for us. Since this is a controversial and much misunderstood portion of Scripture, maybe it’s time we look at it again.

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More On Gay People In The Rapture

Q. I’ve read your reply to the person who questioned whether the unrepentant homosexual woman would be taken in the rapture, and I disagree. I have read your answer to that person, and  you say that nowhere in the NT does it say our salvation can be taken from us. Technically, you are right. Nobody can snatch us out of Jesus’ hand against our will, but we can voluntarily walk away. Continue reading…

OSAS And Repentance

Q. I concur that the work of the Cross was and is sufficient to remove the stain of sin in any and all souls, but what happens with those repetitive sins that are not repented of (turning away from)?  OSAS gives argument to the devil’s claim in Job that Job only does it because he has no choice.  God did protect his life that he might repent and be forgiven for it, but it would have been Job’s choice to do so.

I believe salvation will come at the end of this life and no being can forcibly take that hope from you, but life is your profession of faith in Christ.  Faith is action not mental acceptance.  James ask the question “Where’s your faith if you are not living it?”  Can a belief that shows no trust save a person?  How can you claim to wish a person well while you, having what they need, will not give it to them?  Continue reading…

OSAS, Freedom Or Enslavement?

Q. I was brought up, like one of your other write-ins, on OSAS indoctrination.  Some years ago the Spirit of God spoke to my heart and said that all these bells and whistles will not save a person, whether speaking in tongues, OSAS, water baptism and/or the wording of the celebration of baptism. A person cannot be sinless, but “THRU FAITH” they can and will sin less. 10 years ago, God called me into the ministry after being totally stunned at how ignorant supposedly smart people could be. I believe the Bible (KJV) is God’s Holy Word and He said what He meant and means what He said. The church has become so liberal that it is becoming self-righteous by changing God into what they are as opposed to us changing into what God wants us to be.  And, in my opinion, is responsible for misleading the sheep to slaughter. Continue reading…

Can We Sell Our Soul To The Devil?

Q. I pray that God blesses you and your family greatly for all the insight you share with all of us on a daily basis!

I have a question. Do we own our souls or are they God’s property? What I’m really asking is, can a person “sell their soul” to the devil?

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More On Losing Our Salvation

Q. Ezekiel 33:12 says, “The good works of righteous people will not save them if they turn to sin, nor will the sins of evil people destroy them if they repent and turn from their sins.”   Does this passage go as far to say you can lose your salvation? I thought once He started a good work in you He would finish it? This sounds as if timing is the key, not a commitment you are unable to withhold under your own mortal strength? Continue reading…

Where Is Judas?

Q. Sorry, but I know once saved always is not true. Judas was a follower of God.  Is he in heaven or hell? Continue reading…

Can We give It Back?

Q. My pastor and I were discussing the issue of OSAS.  He doesn’t ever want to push this to find out, but he wonders if one could walk away from what God has done for them.  The Bible does say that no one can snatch us out of God’s hand, but what does it say in relation to us throwing away God’s gift?  Can we willingly walk away from God’s grace and lose our salvation?  Just curious to your thoughts. Continue reading…

Abolish OSAS?

Q. I wish Pastors and teachers would abolish the phrase “once saved always saved” it going to send a lot of people to hell. They don’t teach that if you go back to that life style and stay there, you are not saved. They go right back to the sinful life style thinking that they are locked into salvation. I was in a bible study that taught that, it didn’t sit right with my spirit so I got out of it. Continue reading…