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?
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.