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Friday, September 30 2016
Hebrews 6: The Difference Between Slipping Up And Falling Away
"For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good Word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put Him to an open shame"
Living a true Christian life (see Strait And Straight and Which Way Is Right And Left?) is a struggle in the world, such as it has become (see How Did Eden Become Babylon?). But that adversity has a purpose - to develop strength of character. Righteous character.
Consider the struggle, for example, that the apostle Paul (see Paul, The Apostle To The World) faced every day (see also Why Does The LORD's Armour Attract The Devil's Fire? and Paul's Heckler).
"7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 7:16 If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 7:19 For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 7:20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
But when Paul slipped up, he repented and continued on the Way. Paul never fell away (see also Satan's Sandals).
Apostasy, from the Greek word pronounced apostasia, meaning withdrawal or defection, is the defiant falling away from Christianity by someone who had been a converted member of the faith. Apostasy isn't a simple matter of sin by human weakness - it's a deliberate, unrepentant rejection of the Truth by someone who became fully aware of it.
Apostasy is a very serious matter. Once one knows better, he or she is expected to do better. Of all of the sins that there are to commit, apostasy is the unpardonable sin (see The Unpardonable Sin and Christ Died For Repentant Sinners).
" 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 6:3 And this will we do, if God permit.
Fact Finder: When does "backsliding" go too far?
This Day In History, September 30
425: Church of Rome (which was created by the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) theologian Jerome died at about age 65. He produced the Roman Catholic Latin Vulgate version of the Bible (ironically, most Roman Catholics do not own, let alone read, the Holy Bible).
489: The Battle of Verona. The Ostrogoths under King Theodoric defeated the forces of Odoacer.
1399: Henry Bolingbroke succeeded to the English throne as Henry IV after Richard II abdicated the day before.
1452: The Gutenberg Bible was published.
1541: Spanish conquistador Hernando de Soto and his army entered Tula territory in what is present-day western Arkansas.
1630: John Billington, one of the pilgrims aboard the Mayflower, became the first criminal to be hung in the "New World" after he was found guilty of murder (to understand the actual Biblical meaning of "pilgrim," see The Pilgrims).
1846: Ether was first used as an anesthetic. Dr. William Morton, a dentist in Massachusetts, was the first to use anesthesia to extract a tooth.
1871: British garrison troops throughout Canada returned to Britain and were replaced with Canadian militia, who then formed the Canadian Army - small in peace time, big in war, or if invaded e.g. during the Second World War, Canada had an army, navy (with 3 aircraft carriers through the "Cold War" era) and air force of 1 million military personnel, plus another million civilians as homeland defense militia. Canada has not been invaded in 2 centuries (the last to do so was the U.S. during the War of 1812).
1888: The serial killer known as Jack the Ripper murdered his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes, in London.
1895: Madagascar became a French protectorate.
1907: Scottish-born Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone in Brantford, Ontario, established the Aerial Experimental Association at Baddeck, Nova Scotia. Bell carried on developmental work on aircraft, experimenting with rockets, kites and gliders (Bell is buried in Nova Scotia).
1938 The League of Nations unanimously outlawed the "intentional bombing of civilian populations." The law was ignored by every war-making nation on Earth, then and ever since.
1938: The Munich Agreement was signed by Adolf Hitler of Germany, Benito Mussolini of Italy, Neville Chamberlain of Britain and Edward Daladier of France. It permitted Germany to occupy the Sudetenland, a border region of Czechoslovakia that contained 3,000,000 ethnic Germans.
1946: An international military tribunal at Nuremberg, Germany, found 22 Nazi leaders guilty of war crimes.
1949: The Berlin Airlift ended. Allied aircraft made 277,214 flights to deliver 2,323,738 tons of supplies to Berlin whose land access routes had been cut off by a Soviet blockade.
1952: The Revised Standard Version of the Bible was published in its entirety. The New Testament of the RSV had been available since 1946.
1954: West Germany became a member of NATO.
1962: Mexican-U.S. labor leader Cesar Chavez founded the National Farm Workers Association (later known as the United Farm Workers).
1966: Nazi war criminals Albert Speer and Baldur von Schrach were released from Spandau prison after 20 year sentences. Their departure left only 1 prisoner, Rudolf Hess, in the prison built for 600 prisoners. Hess died in 1987 at the age of 93 by hanging himself with a lamp cord in the prison reading room.
1980: Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah and Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) introduced the shekel as the nation's monetary unit, replacing the Israeli pound. The shekel was the name of the ancient Israelite monetary unit as recorded in the Bible.
1993: A series of earthquakes struck southwest India. 10,000 bodies were recovered, but an estimated 22,000 people were killed.
1999: Japan's second-worst nuclear accident occurred at a uranium reprocessing facility in Tokai-mura, northeast of Tokyo.
2009: A major earthquake struck Sumatra; over 1,100 people were killed.