What About Those Who Do Fall Away
I John 2:19
It cannot be denied that many do depart
from Christ, forsake the gospel, fall away from the faith, and leave the
What about them? Do these examples of apostasy prove that men and women who are truly born again by the grace of God can be lost? Certainly not! That conclusion would be directly contrary to the plain statements of the Word of God and all the doctrines of the gospel. The multitudes who leave Christ never truly knew Christ. Those who leave the church were never part of the Church. Those who forsake the way of faith, never had true, saving faith in Christ. But these apostates do stand as beacons to warn and instruct all who profess faith in Christ. We should learn from them that...
1. Anyone who can leave Christ will leave him.
2. There is a false faith by which many are deceived.
3. Salvation is by grace alone.
4. The one, ultimate proof of faith is perseverance in faith. "He that endureth to the end shall be saved." The test of time is the sure test of faith. Experience, profession, deeds, and feelings are nothing. We are made partakers of Christ only "if we holdfast the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end."