To Robert Belanger: Regarding Apostasy
Definition of APOSTASY http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apostasy
1: renunciation of a religious faith
I have posted previously on Apostasy. I believe Apostasy is the lone exception to our Eternal Security. Please see: http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/march2011/billg37.htm
I did read the first link you posted by Pastor Ray Prichard: http://www.keepbelieving.com/sermon/1997-11-02-Can-I-Lose-My-Salvation/
Near the end of his message he says: "(I should add one final point. Is it really possible for a truly saved person to literally and actually give up his faith entirely? If Hebrews 6:4-6 and Hebrews 10:26-31 are describing born-again people, then the answer is yes. Such individuals have put themselves beyond all human help. They have “crossed the line” and cannot be renewed to repentance. Thus, they face judgment as they fall into the hands of a living God for severe judgment and the possibility of imminent physical death. It is also possible that these verses describe individuals who were never truly born again in the first place. Such people have truly hardened their hearts against the God they claimed to know intimately. Because God will not be mocked, there is nothing left for them but judgment. Perhaps we are left with the practical reality that “only God knows for sure” in such cases. In any case, I do not believe that Hebrews 6 and 10 describe losing your salvation.)"
I disagree with his opinion that the Hebrews described in Chapters 6 and 10 are not really born-again Christians. In Hebrews 6:4-9 NKJV "For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put [Him] to an open shame. For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, [it is] rejected and near to being cursed, whose end [is] to be burned. But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner."
Not only are they described in Heb 6:4 as "partakers of the Holy Spirit," but Heb 6:9 says: "But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner." These Hebrew believers were under persecution and were considering going back to Judaism. The Apostle Paul is warning them that if they deliberately "fall away" (Apostatize) they can not be "renewed again unto repentance" (i.e. come back to Christ).
Example: In the coming Great Tribulation, the Satanically indwelt Antichrist's minions will hunt down born-again believers and kill them, unless they Apostatize and receive the Mark of the Beast. Satan will be attempting to do the one and only thing he can do to cause a believer to lose his salvation, Apostatize. Scripture is clear, all those who worship the Beast, or receive the Mark of the Beast will not escape the Lake of Fire.
Rev 14:9-11 NKJV: "Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives [his] mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."
Recently, someone actually told my 89 year old Mother not to worry about the End times because OSAS (Once Saved, Always Saved) would protect Christians, if they had to receive the Mark of the Beast. Nothing could be further from the truth, and she knew that and told him so.