Can Apostates Repent and Return to God?

Posted Mar 23, 2017 by Michael L. Brown

Dr. Brown opens up the Scriptures.

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Aleithia1 posted a comment · Apr 02, 2017
An apostate is someone who once embraced the truth and then in time proceeded to repudiate and denounce it entirely or embraced false doctrine and damning error. Such as The atheist Frank Barker or Bart Ehrmann or those who went from biblical truth to Roman Catholicism lets say. A truly saved person can only go astray for so long before God will restore them. They wont linger for years in an apostate condition. Perhaps for a short time but how short is something we cannot know for sure. All we can do is witness and admonish the rest is in the Lords hands. But until they repent and are restored to biblical orthodoxy we must warn them of the dangers of remaining in such a state. Nowadays those who now embrace the perversity of the LGBTQ movement who were once defenders of the biblical doctrine of man, woman and marriage are definite examples of apostates. Let God be true and everyone a liar!
Royce posted a comment · Mar 31, 2017
Seems to me that Dr. Brown is conflating the Hebrew "apostate" of the OT and the Greek "apostate" of the NT. The former is backsliding and the latter "fallen away". There's a difference. So the standard Dr. Brown uses to say there are 100 verses that are clean to the 1 in Hebrews 6:4-6 that is unclear is not correct. In fact, according to the overwhelming verses in the NT that exhort one to "hold fast", "remain until the end", "keep the faith", etc. Heb. 6:4-6 is consistent with those. If one falls away from the faith and rejects the Lord having once been saved, or in other words kicks the Holy Spirit outta their life after having been indwelt, they are doomed. Let's not give people a false assurance. This is the same false assurance that people give when they tell others they can reject God and God will never give up on them. I once had a woman tell me that God showed her it usually takes 7x before one will get saved. There is NOTHING supports that in Scripture. And there is NOTHING that says God will even "draw" (John 6:44) more than once. We are doing people a disservice and it is VERY unloving to tell someone they can continue to reject God until their last dying breath and God will be waiting. It should be a fearful thing to tell God Almighty "No thanks. Maybe later."
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BJ-Alisa posted a comment · Mar 29, 2017
It's not talking about someone falling into sin, it's talking about anointed ministers walking away from The Lord and their calling.Read 2 Peter 2 1-22.
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Wafaring Stranger posted a comment · Mar 29, 2017
The author of Hebrews, whom I believe to be Paul, was trying to teach those, that should have been teachers themselves, that if you fall into sin after you have already accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior and believe that you need to be “saved” again, that this is the same as re-crucifying Christ. It implies that He failed to do it right the first time, so we must try it again. Begin reading in 5:12 and continue through 6:6 and pay particular attention to 6:1 and to the phrase “renew them again unto repentance” in 6:6. If sin has entered into your life, ask Him for forgiveness as many times as necessary, but you only need to let Him know one time that you believe upon Him and accept Him as the only begotten of the Father whose blood was shed for the sins of the world.
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BJ-Alisa posted a comment · Mar 29, 2017
Dr Brown, This scripture doesn't apply to the young christian or someone on milk, this applies to a more advanced minister perhaps someone like Steve Hill. Remember we are only judged by the light we walk in/the amount of revelation God has given us. If you haven't experienced these thing it doesn't apply,if you have it does.