Every once in a while I will come across a troubling passage in the Bible. Separated by a couple of chapters, the author of Hebrews appears to be calling out some Jews who had developed a casual perspective of grace. Since the culprits are not identified, you can only speculate based upon the context below. Apparently, some individuals developed a mindset that sinning was okay, especially since God promises to forgive you.
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace, Hebrews 6:4-6.
The problem with this mentality is that justification and rationalization often replaces penance. The purpose of confession is to express a contrite heart by avoiding making the same mistake you made the day before. Unfortunately, a casual perspective of grace usually leads to deliberate sin. Willing participants begin to think, “we’ll if God is gong to forgive me anyway, I might as well enjoy myself.” Believing this lie from the Devil can corrupt souls.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God, Hebrews 10:26-27.
In case anyone skipped over the author’s initial warning in chapter 6, this message is repeated 4 chapters later. Sometimes the fear of God serves as a last resort, the only thing holding you back from indulging the sinful nature. However, anyone who becomes spiritually dead due to an addictive behavior can become numb to change. Thus, unless a friend, loved one or spiritual mentor intervenes, a casual perspective of grace can lead to eternal separation from God. If this blog finds you hanging by a thread, reach out for help so that healing and restoration can begin.
by Jay Mankus