Update and Revisions on Perseverance of the Saints Part 11: Can Apostates Be Restored?

Before writing the post I had held for some time that the apostasy described in Hebrews 6 and 10 was an apostasy without remedy.  I had also held to the possibility that there was another apostasy from which one might yet be restored.  During the course of writing my post I came to the conclusion that the passages which I had thought might constitute an apostasy from which restoration might yet be possible could also fit the idea of irrevocable apostasy without doing any real violence to those particular texts.  I decided it would then be more consistent to assume that what the Bible seems to describe as apostasy is always without remedy.

In recent conversations, I have come to again entertain the possibility that there may yet be a lesser apostasy that is not without remedy.  1 Cor. 13:5 seemed to especially imply a falling away from saving faith that would not necessarily constitute an outright repudiation of the faith.  The passage also seems to serve the purpose of encouraging re-commitment to Christ for such apostates.  The “examination” is not just for the purpose of condemnation, but for the purpose of recognizing ones dire spiritual state so that they can be restored to Christ.  For this reason I have revised my initial post and again made room for the possibility of an apostasy that is not necessarily irrevocable.

Please review that post for more detail and I welcome any more thoughts on the topic.

God Bless,

Ben

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