Below are some comments I made long ago in my perseverance series against the idea that the writer of Hebrews is addressing his warnings of falling away to those whose faith is not genuine, or describing those with non-genuine faith. My comments are followed by more recent comments by Scot McKnight against O’Brien’s false faith … Continue reading Debunking the False Faith View of the Hebrews Warning Passages
In my series on perseverance I dealt with the warning passages in Hebrews. I have changed my views on certain aspects of apostasy while studying the subject. However, my view that apostasy from true saving faith is possible has never changed. I just can’t read the Bible honestly and deny such a reality, even if … Continue reading Does Scripture Describe Two Types of Apostasy?
There have been several new articles and on-line books added to the side bar in the last month or so. If you haven't check them out in a while you might want to see if there is anything new that may interest you. A few recent additions are: Laurence Womock, The Result of False Principles: … Continue reading New Articles Recently Added
[revised on 7/17/08] Is Restoration Really Impossible? After studying the warning passages in Hebrews the question naturally arises: can an apostate ever be restored again to salvation? Is the repudiation of saving faith irrevocable and the condition of the apostate permanent? In this series we have attempted to let exegesis guide our theology. I would … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints Part 11: Can Apostates Be Restored?
Some Calvinists have argued that the frequent references to the wandering Israelites in the desert suggest that the writer of Hebrews is not addressing apostasy from true faith. It is assumed that the wandering generation who failed to enter the Promised Land never had a saving faith relationship with the Lord. Since the writer of … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints Part 10: Examining Wilderness Typology in Hebrews
We finish our exegetical examination of the warning passage in Hebrews 10 with verses 32-39:  But remember the former days, when, after being enlightened, you endured a great conflict of sufferings,  partly by being made a public spectacle through reproaches and tribulations, and partly by becoming sharers with those who were so treated. … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints Part 9: Hebrews 10:32-39
We now examine another interpretation that looks to make this sanctification merely outward with no internal reality. It looks to compare the sanctification described in 10:29 with the outward ceremonial cleansing referred to under the old covenant in 9:9 and 9:13. Peterson and Williams see it as “a covenantal sanctification in which persons are set … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints Part 8: What Kind of Sanctification is Being Described in Hebrews 10:29?
We will now examine one of the alternative interpretations offered by the proponents of unconditional security concerning the apostate of Hebrews 10:29 being "sanctified by the blood of the covenant". Calvinists are well aware that if the text is stating that the apostate had truly been sanctified by Christ's blood, then their doctrine cannot stand. … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints Part 7: Who is Sanctified in Hebrews 10:29?
We now examine what I consider to be the most significant warning against apostasy in the entire Bible: Hebrews 10:26-30, 35-39. I will quote the entirety of the text I wish to examine below but this post will deal only with verses 26-30. Verses 35-39 will be examined in a future post.  For if … Continue reading Perseverance of the Saints Part 6: Hebrews 10:26-30
Audience: There is general agreement that this letter was written to Hebrew believers who were in the midst of some sort of testing which threatened their faith. “To the Hebrews” is a later addition to the epistle, but it is clear from the context of the letter that the writer assumed his audience to be … Continue reading Perseverance Of The Saints Part 5: Hebrews 6:4-9