What Does It Mean To Fall Away?
You often times here people talk about believers falling away from the faith. Other phrases may be that these people are not enduring to the end, finishing the race, etc.
How about we define what it means to fall away from the faith, and what exactly will be taking place in such a person when this happens. Is it a matter of too much sin? If so, how in the world would you quantify such a thing?
Or, is it more a matter of how someone feels about sin? Basically the person's attitude toward sin.
When it comes to our eternal position in Christ, how much is dependent upon what we do? I certainly do not advocate OSAS, but at the same time, how secure is our position in Christ really? Are we on shaky ground? At the same time, at what point are we getting into an "anything goes" kind of mentality? Where is the balance? Normally where there are extremes the truth lies somewhere in the middle.
Then there is the fear of God. Should we fear God? Certainly! However, should we fear Him in such a manner thinking that He will basically disown us as one of His children if we fail? At what point will God cut off one of His own? Or will He at all? There is a difference between fearing the awesomeness of God as opposed to living in fear thinking God is ticked off at you and is waiting for His opportunity to smite you into everlasting torment.
"What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."
-- Dr. Neil T. Anderson