On Apostasy

26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,

27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.

28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

It often seems difficult to me to even get an unbeliever to listen to the Gospel of Christ. Yet, if I can get them to listen, sometimes I can see the wheels start to turn and the light start to come on, and I realize they are recognizing what Christ offers them. I have long ago dropped any concern about how effective I am as a speaker or how convincing I can make my rhetoric; the power is not in me, it’s in the gosIpel. Even if I am a stammering train wreck of a public speaker, if I can just say enough that my hearers know about Christ, the gospel has the power to do the rest. I plant, it is God who gives the increase.

What is worse than the unbeliever, however, is the apostate. The apostate has tasted spiritual freedom. He has heard the gospel, believed it for a time, and for a time has been obedient. But then the cares of the world choke out his faith, and he is brought down.

Now the Calvinist will claim that this man was never saved to begin with; I am not a Calvinist so the idea that a man may, of his own free will, abandon Christ and the promise of Heaven is something I acknowledge as possible. What will never happen is that Christ will abandon us. If you meet the apostate, who once tasted the richness of God’s mercy, and who has now returned to his own vomit, know that this man did so in spite of all God did for him, not because of anything God did to him.

When we talk about the reasons for apostasy, I think of Tolstoy’s line that happy families are all alike, but unhappy families are all unhappy in their own special way. Just so, faithful Christians are all alike on the same path, while apostates have all found their own special reason to betray the One who loves them most. For some it’s money, others sex, perhaps drugs, political power, personal revenge, etc. The list is far too long to enumerate here. The apostate never has things just as he believes they should be so long as he remains with Christ, so he leaves.

It’s amazing to me that so many men today who see the carnage wrecked by unfaithful wives can still sympathize with the apostate, for what is the apostate if not a spiritual adulterer? Indeed, this is how God referred to Israel and Judah in the Old Testament.

What can guard our hearts from apostasy?

  1. Gratitude. God has done more for us than any of us can or will ever deserve. Christ suffered more for us than any of us will ever suffer here on Earth. The Son of God calls us to be His; God the Father freely offers us adoption into His family. Gratitude for this alone should ensure we never leave Christ.
  2. Love of God. God gave us life, and in Him we live, and move, and have our existence. He is perfect goodness, perfect love, perfect justice and perfect grace. To fail to love your own Creator is to fail to understand yourself. It is nihilism.
  3. Love of others. Love your neighbor as yourself. The apostate has in his possession the most powerful force in existence to help those in suffering. He knows the truth of the gospel, and its power to save souls. To withhold this from others, when we see them suffering and in need, is the worst sort of hatred. It is as if a doctor examined a child suffering an excruciatingly painful disease, realized that he knew a cure that was fully effective and would entirely heal the child, and then withheld it out of spite or indifference. The only difference is that the apostate is worse, for he does spiritual rather than physical damage.

In short, to be an apostate shows a man who is incapable of gratitude or love, and thus without the very most basic components of a healthy and decent man. He is a failure in everything that matters, and as the Hebrew writer notes, He will answer to God for his ingratitude.

Public schools are at it again…. https://theothermccain.com/2022/09/18/the-myth-of-good-public-schools/

Suddenly as a COD… https://whoresandale.wordpress.com/2022/09/16/anything-to-report-sarge/

Blue on blue, no humans involved… https://spawnyspace.wordpress.com/2022/09/19/the-trannies-are-trouncing-the-terfs/

Close, but no cigar…. https://sylg1.wordpress.com/2022/09/18/funnel-cloud-appears-over-disney-world/

Fathers matter… https://winteryknight.com/2022/09/18/how-the-presence-and-quality-of-fathers-affects-belief-in-god-7/

Free sci-fi… https://www.scifiwright.com/2022/09/visions-of-fire-and-ice/

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