Books of Bible
Possibility of Fatal Apostasy #2
By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
A Humans are creatures of volition.
1 It would be foolish to argue against a demonstration.
(a) You know that you have the ability to do right, or to
do wrong; to tell the truth or to tell a lie.
2 "Ye search the scriptures, because ye think that in them ye
have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of
me; and ye will not come to me, that ye may have life"
(a) The ones to whom Jesus spoke did not have the life to
which he referred, and could have come to him to
receive this life, but refused to do so. God gives man
the awful power of choice.
3. "Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the
whole creation. He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that disbelieveth shall be condemned" (Mark
(a) Notice: the gospel is to be preached to all.
(b) Some will obey the commands and be saved; others will
disbelieve and be condemned. Those who hear the word
of salvation make the decision to be saved or lost. To
neglect is to disobey.
II. Possibility of Apostasy.
A. Some Bible verses used in an attempt to prove that once
saved a person is forever saved.
1. "For which cause I suffer also these things: yet I am
not ashamed; for I know him whom I have believed, and
I am persuaded that he is able to guard that which I
have committed unto him against that day" (2 Tim. 1:12).
2. "My Father, who hath given them unto me, is greater than
all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the
Father's hand" (John 10:29).
3. "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor
angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor
things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor
any other creature, shall be able to separate us
from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord"
(a) These verses and others like them teach that God
does not reject those who do not reject him; he
keeps those who wish to be kept.
(b) No external power can drive the disciple away from
the Father's love, but the disciple may willfully
4. "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my
word, and believeth him that sent me, hath eternal life,
and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of
death into life" (John 5:24).
(a) It is said that a child of God is now in possession
of eternal life and therefore cannot be
dispossessed of that life, otherwise it is not
(b) Suppose a person has an object--like a coin or rare
jewel--and the object is eternal. Can it be lost?
Can one lose something that is eternal?
5. "They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if
they had been of us, they would have continued with us:
but they went out, that they might be made manifest that
they all are not of us" (1 John 2:19).
(a) So long as one is heart and soul with any
organization he will remain in that organization.
(b) This verse show that man can change--go out from
B. Passages proving the possibility of fatal apostasy.
1. "I marvel that ye are so quickly removing from him that
called you in the grace of Christ unto a different
gospel; which is not another gospel only there are some
that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of
Christ" (Gal 1:6-7).
(a) "Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be
justified by the law; ye are fallen away from
grace" (Gal. 5:4).
(b) Turning back to the law of Moses makes one fall
2. "But I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest
by any means, after that I have preached to others, I
myself should be rejected"(1 Cor. 9:27). It was possible
for Paul to be rejected!
3. "Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make
your calling and election sure: for if ye do these
things, ye shall never stumble: for thus shall be richly
supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 1:10-11).
Notice the condition--IF you do these things!
4. "Take heed, brethren, lest haply there shall be in any
one of you an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away
from the living God" (Heb. 3:12).
5. "But the Spirit saith expressly, that in later times
some shall fall away from the faith..." (1 Tim. 4:1).
6. "For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the
world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour
Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and
overcome, the last state is become worse with them than
the first. For it were better for them not to have known
the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to
turn back from the holy commandment delivered unto them"
(2 Pet. 2:20-21).
7. "For as touching those who were once enlightened and
tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of
the Holy Spirit, and tasted the good word of God, and
the powers of the age to come, and then fell away, it
is impossible to renew them again unto repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh,
and put him to an open shame" (Heb. 6:4-6).
8. Parable of 10 virgins--Matthew 25:1-13.
A. The importance of diligence in Christian service.
B. Remember history's lesson--1 Corinthians 10:1-13.
C. Let us, therefore, be zealous of good works to serve the
living God that, having begun, we may finish the race and
not come short of the prize.