Why Do Some Fall Away?
There is a dramatic warning to the person who is in the church, who has heard the truth, knows the truth and has rejected the Savior. This is the severest of all dangers because if you fall away, you cannot be renewed to repentance. Salvation is a gift from God and always requires God’s working in the hearts of men. The problem is, people have become dull of hearing and lack discernment (Hebrews 5:11-14). The word “dull” here is a slow, slothful, response to gospel teaching and passive in spiritual growth. Rejection of the teaching of God’s Word results in a process of harding of the heart. A person that is truly born again cannot lose his or her salvation. But, a person who has become dull of hearing and not embracing the truths of the Bible, starts to lose the desire for that truth no longer wanting to know about the things of God. Some hear the truth but reject the truth holding tightly to their sin.
This Scripture in Hebrews is talking about somebody who has been in church a long enough time so that they have been exposed to enough truth that they could be teaching it. There will be tares that settle in with the wheat in the church and they'll be around long enough that they ought to be teaching what they themselves don't really believe. But, instead of teaching, they have need again of someone to teach them the elementary principles of the Word of God.
The author of the book of Hebrews shows how far a person may go in their religious life and after all they have learned, seen, and experienced, will fall away and perish for ever. They have been enlightened the Bible says, which is not a term used for salvation, but for common knowledge of things in the Word of God. They may have tasted of the heavenly gift, seen the Holy Spirit of God working in the lives of other people and viewed extraordinary and miraculous things, but have no true saving grace. They may have tasted of the good word of God; heard the Word of God preached with pleasure, spoken well of the Bible and yet, have never been converted.
People who come to a church where the Word of God is faithfully being taught and are initially interested but eventually become dull of hearing, unable to understand the basics of righteousness are in severe danger. They've listened, they’ve heard the gospel and they maybe believed it but never truly embraced Christ. The sin of apostasy is so great the Bible speaks of them–––crucifying the Son of God afresh and putting him to open shame. This is extremely hazardous being impossible to renew an apostate again unto repentance. When one has gone so far and fallen away in rebellion and disobedience to the gospel, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance. This is a strong warning!
Why is it impossible? Because there is no more revelation. All has been given and all has been said. These people have rejected the full revelation of Christ and have put Him to open shame. The act of walking away from Christ is their own personal crucifixion of Him. They are affirming that Jesus was not the Savior, and are openly declaring that Jesus was guilty as charged, deserving death. Serious warning, if (you) they don't come to Christ and (you) they fall away, (you're) they’re forever damned.
Thought: May the Lord reveal the true condition of your heart today as you examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith. I know there are people reading this who have heard the gospel and are in danger of falling away to be lost for ever. Father, I pray that You would be gracious to them, draw them to Yourself that they may truly believe. Amen!