QUESTION


It seems to me that a person can only commit the unpardonable sin if they don't repent and die not repenting.  Well, there is debate within the commentaries in terms of whether or not a Christian who has apostatized could ever repent after that.  The idea is that there can't be a second rebirth, and thus these people cannot repent before dying.  Paul says that it's impossible, so if we assume that a true Christian is capable of apostatizing, then should a true church ban those members from ever becoming a member again?  Should it be assumed that a former true Christian would be lying or deluding himself if he ever says that he repents and wants to become a Christian again?

ANSWER

For  a  church  organization  to  ever  take  on  the  role  of  judgement  concerning  a  persons  salvation,  is  about  as  cultic  as  you  can  get.  They  would  obviously  have  to  hold  some  kind  of  “pre-destination”  theology.  Basically  saying,  you  have  one  chance  of  salvation,  if  you  throw  it  away,  it  is  proof  you  were  pre-destined  for  hell-fire,  and  so  we  will  never  accept  you  back  as  a  repentant  individual.  Such  theology  is  not  of  God  but  is  of  Satan  the  Devil.  There  is  only  ONE  sin  that  Jesus  said  was  un-forgivable….  the  blasphemy  against  the  Holy  Spirit [that  topic  is  covered  in  a  study  on  this  website].

QUESTION 

Second, if such a person were to truly repent and try to become a Christian again, would Jesus allow it?  Paul says that these people are crucifying Christ all over again, which is impossible.  Now, maybe these people can never become Christians again, because Jesus would have to die for their sins for a second time.  If they again apostatized and wanted to become a Christian again, Jesus would have to die for their sins a third time, etc.  Is this what Paul was saying?

ANSWER

No I  do  not  see  that  Paul  is  saying  that.  Christ  is  today  our  High  Priest  interceding  for  us  when  we  sin. His  sacrifice  is  still  cleansing  sinners,  ON  AN  ON-GOING  state.  I  think  Paul  is  using  such  strong  words  as  a  warning  that  “playing  around”  with  Christianity  -  take  it  leave  it,  take  it  leave  it  -  is  a  very  serious  matter,  nothing  to  be  taken  lightly  or  flippantly.  

It  was  Peter  who  said,  some  of  Paul’s  writings  were  hard  to  understand,  and  many  get  twisted  out  of  the  context  of  the  Bible,  especially  the  New  Testament.

The debate  probably  comes  with  those  who  believe  everything  is  pre-destined..... some  will  be  saved [known  by  God]  and  some  will  not  be  saved [also  known  by  God].  Everything  is  already  written  out,  and  it  makes  no  difference  if  you try  to  circumvent  what  God  has  already  decreed.  I  think  Calvin  was  a  pre-destined  guy.  So  if  someone  is  already  pre-destined  for  hell,  even  being  a  Christian  for  a  while,  it  would  eventually  work  that  he  walks  away  from  Christianity,  and  can  not  come  back  to  it,  because  he  was  pre-destined  for  hell-fire  anyway.

That  kind  of  theology  is  from  planet  Pulto,  and  little  green  men  from  Mars.

Such  theology  marks  a  so-called  Christian  group  into  a  CULT!