Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). One of the saddest truths we must face is that some Christians will be lost eternally. This truth is not because God desires it, but rather because unfaithful Christians desire it to be so by ceasing to do God’s will for one reason or another. These developed reasons, when used often enough, will cause “an evil heart of unbelief, in falling away from the living God” (Heb. 3:12).
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 equals lost!
This truth is hard to face, so hard in fact many refuse to face it or accept it. 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 (i.e. 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 you could add a name to the list. I’m going to do what I can to bring them back and if I am successful and convert them from the error of their way, then I shall have a part in saving a soul from death” (Jam 5:19, 20).
Simon the Sorcerer (Acts 8) was a Christian (Mk. 16:15,16 f; Acts 8:13); however, he erred from the truth through sin. Peter told him to repent and pray for forgiveness (Acts 8:22).
Yes, every Christian has the ability to fall from grace. The apostle Paul said anyone who justifies themselves by the law of Moses had “fallen from grace” and that Christ had become estranged from them (Gal 5:4). Truth be known, any sin can separate us from the love of God. Adultery has separated many brethren from God because they will not put away their sinful marriages. Even so, every brother or sister has the ability to turn back to Christ by the way of repentance. As Jesus truly said, “Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish” (Lk 13:3). Yet, God’s hand is stretched out still (Isa 9:12,17,21). Let it not be said about you, “Almost, but lost”.