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Domain Query: The Age of Apostasy

by | Oct 29, 2020 | Domain Query | 2 comments

Time for another Domain Query – this time I answer a very interesting question from reader “H” about whether or not there is any hope for apostates. Here is the original question:

Forgive me if this is an annoying question you would rather not answer – I understand if that is the case. If you’re inclined to answer, I wanted to ask what your thoughts are about apostasy and returning to the faith. I was a Christian 10 years ago and said that I no longer believed after believing atheist arguments I read about online. Now, I see that many of those arguments are unsound and I feel like our overly hedonistic culture is empty and I’ve been lied to. I’ve wondered if I can return to Christianity and if God would accept me back… but there is the verse in Hebrews that suggests otherwise and I feel I may be damned and there is no hope. 
Perhaps you can’t answer whether or not an apostate can return. I wanted to ask a Christian who really seems to follow the Bible, as I have read Christian websites saying that verse in Hebrews is misinterpreted. As you point out on your blog, though, many modern churches and Christians are unbiblical and twist or ignore scripture. I don’t want to lie to myself, and I must accept the consequences of my choices. But do you think an apostate can return to God, or is that not possible? 

I answered this at some length in writing, and decided to address the same issue in spoken form here:

I quoted a number of Bible passages in my answer to “H”. If you want to follow up on them yourself, here they are:

Here are some other resources for Christians struggling with issues of apostasy and grace:

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  1. JohnC911

    I know how you feel on this one. I abandoned my faith after high school and got very much into Atheism for about 10 years.
    In that time I manged to convinced many to join me in abandoning faith. Convince friends and family.

    I feel much guilt for those actions, and frankly as I should.
    Bending the knee to Jesus, admitting your sins and changing is never easy.
    To walk in the light with Jesus, mean the world will hate you but as Jesus said in John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”

    Brother keep going on the track.

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    • Didact

      Thank you brother, I appreciate the kind words. Following Christ is a difficult road, but it’s worth the effort. Leading others away from Christ is in itself a major error – but I believe it is forgivable if one then does penance and tries to lead others back. As you say, bending the knee and confessing is very difficult, but it’s very necessary.

      BTW in case you’re interested in some serious Bible study material – check out Dr. Michael Heiser’s lectures on YouTube, if you haven’t already. I’ve been watching his Supernatural Seminar series that digs deeply into the Hebrew in the Old Testament, and it’s absolutely fascinating. He doesn’t contradict any doctrines at all – he simply gives us much better tools and broader understanding of what is going on in critical parts of Genesis, Job, and others.

      Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and so on.

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