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Apostasy

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#1 – Introduction

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The Possibility of Apostasy (1) (Introduction) Mike Johnson Consider this question.  Can one who has been born again, i.e., one who has entered into a proper relationship with God, conduct himself in such a way to be eternally lost?  Many say one cannot.  They hold a doctrine known by such names as “Once Saved, Always […]

#2 – Galatians 5:1-4

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The Possibility of Apostasy (2) (Galatians 5:4) Mike Johnson   Can a child of God fall from grace?  Galatians 5:4 plainly says to those who are Christians that they could fall from grace.   It seems some were teaching it was necessary to obey certain aspects of the old law to be saved, such as circumcision.   […]

#3 – II Peter 2:20-22

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The Possibility of Apostasy (3) (II Peter 2:20-22) Mike Johnson II Peter 2 describes particular false teachers.  Not only did they teach false doctrine (v. 1),  but they were very immoral.  Please read the entire chapter for a full description of these ungodly people. There is no doubt they were, at the time of this […]

#4 – I Peter 1:5-11

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The Possibility of Apostasy (4) (II Peter 1:5-11) Mike Johnson It would be incorrect to say these verses do not apply to a Christian. Peter is speaking “to those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of God and Savior Jesus Christ” (1:1). He says further they had received all things […]

#5 – John 15:1-5

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The Possibility of Apostasy (5) (John 15:1-6) Mike Johnson John 15:1-6  records the Parable of the Vine and the Branches.  It says:   I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that […]

#6 – Acts 8:5-25 (Simon)

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The Possibility of Apostasy (6) (Acts 8:5-25) Mike Johnson Acts 8:5-25 describes the conversion of the people of Samaria and a sorcerer named Simon.  Many responded to Philip’s preaching and became Christians.  Verse 12 says they believed, and Philip baptized them. Mark 16:16 says, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved….”  Thus, belief […]

#7 – I Corinthians 10:12

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The Possibility of Apostasy (7) (I Corinthians 10:12) Mike Johnson Many teach that once a person becomes a Christian, he cannot possibly be lost. This doctrine is known as “Once Saved, Always Saved,” “The Impossibility of Apostasy,” and “The Perseverance of the Saints.” This teaching is contrary to many passages in God’s Word; among these […]

#8 – I Corinthians 9:27

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The Possibility of Apostasy (8) (I Corinthians 9:27) Mike Johnson In this series, we have been looking at passages which show the possibility of apostasy. Many passages teach that a child of God can fall from grace. Among them is 1 Corinthians 9:27, which says, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, […]

#9 – I & II Timothy

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The Possibility of Apostasy (9) (I & II Timothy) Mike Johnson In I and II Timothy, Paul calls Timothy’s attention to many things that can happen to a person’s faith. Those who teach “once saved, always saved” usually teach that people are saved by “faith only.” It should then be no trouble to see if […]

#10 – Hebrews 3:4-13

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The Possibility of Apostasy (10) (Hebrews 3:4-13) Mike Johnson The inspired writer wrote the book of Hebrews to the Hebrews (or Jews). Many of them had become Christians, and there was a tendency to return to the religion in which they formally practiced. They wanted to go back to the Law of Moses and observe […]

#11 – Hebrews 6:4-6

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The Possibility of Apostasy (11) (Hebrews 6:4-6) Mike Johnson Many passages teach that a child of God can fall from grace. One such passage is in Hebrews 6:1-3. Here, the writer urges certain ones (who he had characterized earlier as “babes” in Christ- v. 13), to “go on unto perfection.” He wanted them to become mature; […]

#12 – Hebrews 10:26-31

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The Possibility of Apostasy (12) (Hebrews 10:26-31) Mike Johnson We are continuing to examine passages which show the possibility of apostasy.  Consider a very familiar context in the book of Hebrews.  Hebrews 10:26 says,   “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for […]

#13 – James 5:19-20

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The Possibility of Apostasy (13) (James 5:19-20) Mike Johnson James 5:19-20 says, “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.” He is […]

#14 – Who Really Has Security?

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The Possibility of Apostasy (14) (Who Really Has Security?) Mike Johnson People who believe the doctrine of “once saved, always saved” usually place much emphasis on and take great comfort in their view, looking upon it as one of their most essential beliefs.  They also tend to see any group who does not accept this […]

Abide in the Doctrine of Christ

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Abide in Christ’s Doctrine (II John 9-11) Consider a warning found in II John 9-11. These verses say, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not […]

How to Not Have God

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How to Not Have God (II John 9-11) Mike Johnson 2 John 9-11 says, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, […]

Abide in the Doctrine of Christ (II Jn. 9-11)

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ABIDE IN THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST Mike Johnson Consider a warning found in II John 9-11. These verses say, “Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and […]

How Do You View Sin?

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How Do You View Sin? Mike Johnson In our society today, there is often acceptance of sin. In the past, however, shame was often associated with sin. Today, it is common for people to admit openly to engaging in sinful practices, not even attempting to hide them. For example, a couple living together, although now […]

Why Is Sin So Bad? (Ps. 51:4)

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Why Is Sin So Bad? Mike Johnson Psalm 51 is thought to have been written by David in connection with his sin with Bathsheba.  You might recall that he had committed adultery with Bathsheba, and he had her husband (Uriah) killed to cover up his deed.  In Psalm 51, David was expressing his remorse for […]

Confusion Abounds

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CONFUSION ABOUNDS! Mike Johnson FROM HUNTSVILLE: I agree with “West Coast.” Protestant worship services are mostly selling tickets to ball games, pictures, records, and signing petitions on political issues. There is very little spirituality. And the music is a disgrace. No hymns anymore, just modern junk. –Disgusted GREENWICH, CONN:  That Protestant person is not alone with the complaints […]

The Possibility of Apostasy

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THE POSSIBILITY OF APOSTASY Mike Johnson Consider this question.  Can one who has been born again, i.e., one who has entered into a proper relationship with God, conduct himself in such a way to be eternally lost?  Many say one cannot.  They hold a doctrine known by such names as “Once Saved, Always Saved,” “The […]