Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk 9:62). One of the saddest facts is that many Christians will be lost eternally. This truth is not because God wills it, but rather because unfaithful Christians will it to be so by ceasing to do God’s will. These developed weak excuses, when used often enough will cause “an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God” (Heb. 3:12).
The first song I ever lead in church was “I want to be a worker for the Lord”. Oddly enough, it is the one thing all must do once they become a Christian. Putting our hands to the plow is of the utmost importance to our becoming a Christian and working in the Lord’s vineyard. Some will quit working while others look back to the old ways of sin. Jesus said these were not fit for the kingdom any longer. Not fit equates to being lost!
Some denominations have come up with the “impossibility of apostasy,” saying “God’s children cannot fall from grace,” or “Once saved, always saved,” or “if they fall, they really weren’t Christians anyway.” All of these slogans are made in spite of the numerous examples to be found in the Bible showing children of God falling in all dispensations of time (Adam and Eve fell, King Saul fell, David fell, children of Israel fell, Ananias and Sapphira fell, Hymenaeus and Alexander fell, Demas fell, etc). Perhaps we could add a name to the list. Pray God that name be not yours. Let all faithful Christians do what they can to convert that wayward soul from the error of their way, and save a soul from death” (Jam 5:19, 20). Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8) was a Christian (Mk. 16:15, 16, Acts 8:13); however, he erred from the truth through sin. Peter told him to repent and pray for forgiveness (Acts 8:22). If we perchance do err from the faith, let us be willing to turn from sin, and turn back to the strait and narrow way which leads to life eternal.