Hebrews 6:4-6 says” For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.
The definition of the word Apostasy, the term used for the condition of those who once professed the Christian faith but have since departed from its doctrine.
What causes a person to walk away from the faith? Was it the events that took place in his or her life? Could it have been that they had a hard time understanding living their new life as a Christian? Or was it they just couldn’t put down those sins? Regardless of what the reason was the word clearly tells us that some walked away from the faith.
This is really a hard pill to swallow because I can remember the day I became a born-again believer, I was sixteen years of age. I remember just how happy I was. But somewhere down the road of my new-found journey I was what the author of Hebrews talked about I walked away from God. Eventually over a period I came back but during that time of walking away I always had an empty void on the inside of me, I tried everything I knew to fill that void. Nothing worked, the more I tried to fill it the emptier I became.
Upon my returning, just like the prodigal son I had to ask myself a very serious question concerning this verse,” was I really a Christian in the beginning or was I only professing to be one?” It’s never easy when we must face the truth about ourselves. What I found out was that I was only professing I wasn’t really a Christian. I thank God that I had a mother who never stopped praying for my soul. I’m a much better person for knowing the truth about who I am. And it’s all due to my Lord and Savior. I’m not perfect, I still make mistakes but I can say that I haven’t walked away no more.
In the Old and New Testament, there were people who was what we call Apostasy and still to this day we have people who are apostasy. Anytime a person walks away from the faith we should be going after them to bring them back, just like Jesus does He left the ninety-nine to go after the one who was lost.
You and I both know people who have walked away from the faith, the question is what are we going to do? Don’t be like some who say” let them find their own way” no that’s not being Christ-like.