Pleading with the Hebrew Christians of the early church to not abandon Christianity due to pressure from Jewish persecution, the Hebrew writer reminds them that they are the house of Christ…but on one condition: “if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope” (Hebrews 3:6). Despite what Calvinism promises, Christianity has never been a religion promising unconditional salvation under the doctrine of “once saved, always saved no matter what.” On the contrary, these Hebrew Christians had, by virtue of obeying the gospel and becoming Christians, received salvation and forgiveness of sins. Yet all of that was now in jeopardy should they give into Satan’s machinations and “fall away from the living God” by going back into Judaism.… Read More Hebrews: Take Care That You Do Not Fall Away
This article I wrote for the September/October, 2013 issue of the Carolina Messenger contains a general overview of the history of the origin of various denominations and sects of Christendom. Check it out! Departures From The Faith – Jon Mitchell.