It is impossible for fallen-away Christians to be saved. (Didn't the author know about confession or the finality of
Is it possible to fall from grace?
Jehovah's Witnesses use these verses to justify their cruel treatment of
(6:4) "It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,"
(6:5) "And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,"
(6:6) "If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance."
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on
unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead
works, and of faith toward God,
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly
gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have tasted the good
word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
If they shall fall
away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to
themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and
bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
cursing; whose end is to be burned.||
(6:8) "That which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
cursing; whose end is to be burned."|
Apostates will burn in hell with the other non-believers.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that
accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which
ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints,
and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full
assurance of hope unto the end:||
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and
patience inherit the promises.||
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no
greater, he sware by himself,||
(6:13) "God ... sware by himself." |
God swears by himself to himself.
Is it OK to swear?
Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to
them an end of all strife.||
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the
immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:||
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have
a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set
(6:18) "It was impossible for God to lie."|
Can God do anything?
Does God lie?
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and
which entereth into that within the veil;
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest
for ever after the order of Melchisedec.