Walking away from faith
To the editor:
Do you know what an apostate is? An apostate is someone who hears the gospel, makes a profession of faith, acts like a Christian for a period of time, and then walks away. They do not last. They like the idea of God and salvation but the world offers too much enjoyment and temptation and ease, so they turn away, and start living like the world again.
Was that person saved and then lose their salvation? No. That person was never saved. That person is an apostate. They felt the emotions of wanting God, but they never truly surrendered their lives.
There are two types of religious people: believers and unbelievers. In any church there are those who truly know Christ and those who are going through the motions. Wearing the label “Christian” does not guarantee a change of heart. It is possible to hear the Word, and even agree with its truth, without taking it to heart. It is possible to attend church, serve in a ministry, and call yourself a Christian — and still be unsaved.
Isaiah 29:13 — “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me”
If you are thinking of apostasizing, you are not truly saved. If you are an apostate, you were not truly saved.
If you do not produce any fruit in your life, check your salvation, the spirit of God always produces fruit.
Matthew 7:16 — “By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
Check your hearts. Examine your faith. Completely surrender your life, or you will lose it.
2 Cor. 13:5 — “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test? And I trust that you will discover that we have not failed the test.”