Is It Possible to Walk Away From Your Faith?

I often read in well meaning articles how young people walk away from their faith when they go away to college. The question arises, though, “Is that possible?”

That situation supposes that the young person(who claimed to be a Christian) had the choice to become a non-Christian.

This is Hebrews 6:4 and following:

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.

In Colossians 1 we find this passage:

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 22 in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: 23 if ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 24 who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 27 to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 28 whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

This clearly states that the Christian is a totally different person. Yet, many preachers use verse 21 as an escape clause to allow “so-called” Christians to renege on their profession. It is not an escape clause. It is a description. The statement is not an excuse to allow “supposed Christians” to denounce their faith. Rather, it affirms that the Christian will “ continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven.”

The point I am making is that just because a person says they are Christian does not make them Christian.

Look at this passage in Matthew 7.

15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Here, Jesus was speaking of false leaders. But, the truth of the passage addresses all who say they are Christians. It is “by their fruits” that you will know them. A good tree cannot bear the fruit of unbelief. If a person can come to “unbelief” in the Word of God, they never did believe.

It is time to quit playing “Christian” games.

Look at this passage in 2 Corinthians 5:

 17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. 21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

I ask you, “How can a totally new and different ‘creature’ make itself into its old self. Especially, when the description of that person says that who they are is of God, their creator.

In Galatians 2 we read this:

20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. 21 I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.

The scripture is plain. The Christian is not just his old self with new clothes. He is a new creation ruled by the Lord Jesus through His Holy Spirit which indwells him.

Romans 10:8ff

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; that if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 

The Biblical definition of a Christian is not just someone who grew up in church. Rather, it is someone who has died to self and has become a “new person” who is indwelled by the very person of Jesus Christ, the Lord.

The scripture bears it out and my own and many other testimonies agree with the scripture. Once you experience the life of Jesus filling your life, you can never go back.

Read this in Hebrews 6.

 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. 

To act and teach that experiencing the new life in Jesus is something that can be discarded by the lame teachings of evolution is to spit in the face of God. The Creator of the universe is beyond the ability of words to describe. To experience His coming to dwell in your life will bring you into His glorious presence. It will equip you with faith that no physical phenomenon can ever erase. Even the passing away of heaven and earth could not change your mind about Who has come to live in you.

So, let’s forget about thinking that young people are leaving the faith. If they “leave the faith”, they never had the faith. It is time for the “so-called” church to re-asses what it is teaching. Is it teaching the Word of God or a feel-good gospel?

May God grant you wisdom through His Word.