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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Possibility of Fatal Apostasy #2

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs
I.  Introduction.
    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" 
          (John 5:39-40).
          (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 
          16:15-16).
          (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" 
             (Rom. 8:38-39).
             (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 
                  leave God.
         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 
                  eternal.
             (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 
                  us.
     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 
                   from grace.
         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.
III.  Conclusion.
      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.

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email: had@worldnet.att.net
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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