The following articles are related to the topic of APOSTASY

Why Did Paul Say, “Let God Be True...”?

"What does the passage mean, 'let God be found true, but every man a liar' (Romans 3:4)?" In the first two chapters of his letter to the Roman saints, Paul has discussed the spiritual plight of both the Gentiles (chapter 1), and the Jews (chapter 2). Both segments of humanity, he argued, had serious spiritual problems, and were accountable to ... read more »

Jude 2 – Kept for Jesus Christ

In the opening verse of his brief letter, Jude refers to Christians as beloved who are "kept for Jesus Christ." Those of a Calvinistic persuasion would see this phrase as an indication that a Christian can never fall from grace. "If we are 'kept' for (or by) Christ," they ask, "how could we ever be lost?" The answer is: whereas ... read more »

Galatians 5:4 – Fallen from Grace

Those who have been influenced by the dogma of John Calvin believe that a child of God can never apostatize to the point of being lost. Dr. Charles Stanley, in his book Eternal Security-Can You Be Sure?, devotes an entire chapter to Galatians 5:4. He desperately wants to negate its impact on the once-saved, always-saved doctrine. Stanley suggests that all ... read more »

Does John 6:37 Teach Calvinist “Predestination”?

"Please explain John 6:37.Who are those 'given' to Christ?Does this mean that they were selected by God before the foundation of the world, and are 'elected' - irrespective of their personal obedience?" The passage under consideration reads as follows: "All of those whom the Father gives me shall come unto me; and him who comes to me I will in ... read more »

Who Is Paul’s “Man of Sin”?

In his first letter to the Christians in Thessalonica, Paul spoke of the return of Christ and the glories associated therewith. Because some of these saints apparently misunderstood the instruction of that initial epistle, or had been influenced by false teaching, the apostle was constrained to write a second letter, attempting to correct the erroneous ideas entertained by the Thessalonians. ... read more »

The Heart of the Matter

Buried securely within the cavity of the human chest is an amazing muscle about the size of one's fist. Charged by a tiny electrical impulse, approximately every 8/10ths of a second it "beats" - about 100,000 times a day, pumping some 1,800 gallons of blood, rich with food and oxygen, to all parts of your body. Its name is "the ... read more »

The Allegory of the Vine and the Branches

The Holy Scriptures are supremely rich. The Christian who does not plumb the depth of these treasures is poorer indeed. There is a brief context in John's Gospel record that we would like to explore briefly, not only for the instruction and edification that it imparts on its own, but also for the opportunity of illustrating how one may reap ... read more »

God’s Plan of Salvation for His Lost Children

It is truly a tragedy that so many Christian people labor under the illusion that it is impossible for them ever to be lost. Unfortunately, though, the Calvinistic dogma of "once-saved, always-saved," has infected the brotherhood of Christ-at least practically, if not intellectually. It is a grim reality that there may be more lost people in our Sunday morning assemblies, ... read more »

Why People Quit Church

Church leaders have long been interested in why so many drift away from faithful service to the Lord. Jesus summarized the matter in his parable of the sower. The causes he listed are: the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of wealth, distracted desires for worldly things, and carnal pleasure (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:18; Luke 8:14). This list could be ... read more »

New Expository Dictionary of Bible Words

Book Review The long-awaited, highly anticipated Expository Dictionary of Bible Words made its debut in 2005. This volume of 1171 pages, from Hendrickson Publishers, is subtitled Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts. It is coded to the Revised Strong's Numbering System for the convenience of those who do not read the original ... read more »