A  READER  HAS  ASKED  ABOUT  HEBREW  6:6


Read what Albert Barnes has to say on Hebrews 6:6.  Is he correct?  He's saying that nobody who apostatizes from the faith can ever be saved.  The Montanists and Novatians used this passage to justify the continued exclusion from the church of those who had apostatized in the past.  If they tried to become a Christian again, they would reject them.

Here's the literal translation:

and having fallen away, again to renew them to reformation, having crucified again to themselves the Son of God, and exposed to public shame.

Does "reformation" mean the same as repentance?  If it refers to rebirth, or a second conversion, then the passage may be saying that it's impossible to become a Christian again.  If it means repentance, then saying that it's impossible to renew a fallen saint to repentance could be general.  Paul would then be saying that it doesn't happen most of the time.  What do you say?


MY  ANSWER


The  Montanists  and  Novatians  have  it  all  wrong. THEY obviously  do  not  know  the  truth  about  "church  disfellowshipping" - why  it's  done,  how  it's  done,  and  why  it's  done.  I  have  a  full  in-depth  study  article  on  it  all,  on  this  website.


Reformation in this context does mean "repentance" the context is talking about those who were once enlightened, tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit (v.4 /and also notice verse 5)


WELL Barnes  has  a  lot  to  say  on  this  verse,  maybe  too  much,  but  I do  like  his thought  that  this  is  not  saying  some  true  Christians  had  already  fallen  away,  or  that  some  true  Christians  would  fall  away. That  Paul  was  using  this  verse  to  encourage  them  to  remain  strong  and  proceed  on  to  spiritual  maturity.  Heb, 6:6  does  tie  in  with  Heb. 10:26-31. Once  God  has  called  and  chosen  and  a  person  continues  to  live  in  sin,  willfully  practicing,  living  a  life  of  sin, then  this  is  the  end  result.  NOT  that  it  had  happened  to  any  true  Christian,  or  that  it  would  happen.  But  used  to  teach  IF  it  DID  happen  to  a  true  Christian,  this  would  be  the  result.


So  let's  look  at  another  way.  You  are  in  the  Kingdom,  and  you  ask,  "Well  where  is  Jack,  or  where  is  Jill."  There  could  only  be  two  answers (1) They  were  never  "chosen"  though  called, yet  they  walked  along  for  a  while  with  true  chosen  Christians, but eventually  departed -  they  will  be  in  the  second  resurrection.  (2) They  were  called  and  chosen  but  turned  away, and never repented of walking in sin. They  face  the  second  death.


So  the  whole  use  is  mainly  to  encourage  true  Christians  to  remain  faithful,  kinda  saying,  this  is  your  salvation  time,  don't  drop  the  ball.  You  will  not  get  another  opportunity  for  salvation,  yours  is  here  and  now.


Getting  into  trying  to  figure  out  who  has  fallen  away  is  a  mind  game  that  could  drive  you  wacko.  Example.  All  the  people  I've  known  over  the  decades,  who  looked  like  they  were  true   Christians,  but  are  now  back  in  the  world,  as  they  were  before..... well  I  do  not  even  want  to  think  they  are  heading  for  the  lake  of  fire.  I  just  want  to  think  they  were  "called"  but  not  "chosen."  The  real  state  of  themselves  I  have  to  leave  in  God's  hands.