Resources on Apostasy & Hebrews 6
Question: I'm just wondering if you have any e books, or articles on the subject of eternal security which is able to strongly refute the extremely difficult passages in Hebrews 6 and Hebrews 10 which is clearly understandable as I have had some particular issues and opposition from people who hold to the erroneous doctrine of losing salvation of which I oppose. Can you help or advise.
Response: Thank you for your email. People who erroneously affirm that one can lose their salvation are in danger of denying the gospel and more precisely, denying Jesus Christ. They are in essence, declaring there is something we (not Christ) can do to either attain or maintain our just standing before God. Such a belief completely is contrary to Christ and misapprehends the intent of the gospel. We have a God who saves us freely in Christ, who does not base His salvation or acceptance of his people if they only meet certain conditions or jump through certain hoops.
The passages in Hebrews, you must remember, are written in the context... a context which declares that Jesus Christ is better than the Sacrifice, the Temple, Moses, and the Levitical Priesthood. These are warnings for people who have heard the gospel against going back to the shadows and signs which merely pointed to Christ (the fulfillment of these signs). A severe warning against embracing the shadows rather than the substance, which is Christ. It is not saying that if you stumble and commit some particular sin in your Christian life that you have lost your salvation. On the contrary, those who think you can lose salvation because they sin are committing the very error these passages warn against because they are trusting in something other than Jesus Christ, like their own ability to keep or maintain their just standing before God with their works or perseverance. God alone "is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, whom God made our wisdom and our righteousness and sanctification and redemption. Therefore, as it is written, "Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord." (1 cor 1:28-31)
I would recommend the following articles and books:
Assured by God by Burk Parsons
Run to Win the Prize: Perseverance in the New Testament by Thomas R. Schreiner