I was reading about apostates. It is a difficult topic. Falling away from the truth. Apostates are those who knew the full gospel and turned from it. Judas spent three years in the ministry. He was with Jesus and the other disciples and he knew the wonders of this Christ we serve, and had witnessed them with his own eyes. Jesus never spoke of him as a believer, and he called him a son of perdition. We know that one of the motivations of Judas was greed. Many think they can play the part and pretend to follow the "steps", hoping for the blessings that come from an open window of Christ to believers. God knows all and knows the heart.
We can say that of those that turn away, they were never believers in the first place. There was not that heart condition, that change of the heart of stone to one of flesh. When this person turns away, it is not a loss of salvation, it shows that they never had it to begin with.
This grieves the heart of so many believers who see people around them in this position, those that reject truth with open eyes! We aren't surprised as Christians, when we have those among us who turn out to be in the position of an apostate, but we can continue to pray for them. Pray that they have not taken the last step and totally rejected the gospel.
Guard your hearts, dear ones. Seek Christ in every moment of your life, read His word, believe on it, place it in your heart. Pray for those around you. Lift up your fellow believers ~ if you see them getting weary, pray for them, reach out to them, and remind them of this great race we partake in. It is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay strong in the day we are in. Set yourselves apart and live in a way that honors God.
"The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee."
"If you believe in your heart God raised Christ from the dead and you confess Him as Lord, you'll be saved."
"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek,"
Update ~ Just spoke with my pastor on the topic. My heart has so much hope. He reminded me that if you have never truly tasted the grace of God, you cannot fall away from something you did not enter. ~
In His Love ~ Kim