"As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him." - Psalm 18:30

The Possibility of Apostasy

By Roger Leonard

Following obedience to the Lord's commands in becoming a Christian, it is essential that children of God live faithfully. The Bible distinctly teaches the possibility of falling from the grace of God and consequently being lost.

Paul said he had to discipline himself, lest after preaching to others he himself should be a "castaway" or "rejected" (1 Corinthians 9:27). He warned the Christians at Corinth to take heed lest they "fall". (1 Cor. 10:12) He told some of the Galatians they had "fallen from grace". (Galatians 5:4) Paul wrote again to the church in Galatia: "Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." (Gal. 6:7-8). This "corruption" is in contrast with with "everlasting life", so it would be condemnation in hell. The Hebrew writer warned, "Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God" (Heb. 3:12). 

The apostle Peter spoke of those who had known Christ Jesus, but forsook “the right way” and reverted to their old ways. He said it would have been better for them to have never known the truth. (See 2 Pet. 2:1-21). They “will utterly
perish in their own corruption, and will receive the wages of unrighteousness” (vs. 12-13a).

James wrote: "Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins" (Jas. 5:19-20). "Brethren" - Christians - can sin and die spiritually. Thherefore, it is a lie to teach the impossibility of apostasy.  

Every Scripture above is about believers - Christians - living with the possibility of sinning to the point of being lost. Anyone who teaches otherwise leads people astray and speaks against the Holy Spirit of God Who inspired the writers of the New Testament! Do not be deceived about this - listen to God.

- Roger Leonard