Saturday, March 6, 2021

Abandoned Faith and Abandoned Penance

Kindred,


"For how can those abandoned their faith be brought back to repent again?....


Knew from experience that God's word is good and felt the coming of age.  


And then abandoned their faith!  It is impossible to bring them back to repent again, because they are again crucifying the Son of God and exposing him to public shame. 


God blesses the soil which drinks in rain that falls on it and grows plants that are useful to those for whom it is cultivated.  


But if it grows thorns and weeds, it is worth nothing; it is in danger of being cursed by God and will be destroyed."


                                                -Hebrews 6:4-8


When people abandon their faith and the Teaching of Christ, Christ is again crucified and sacrificed.  


And the possibility for repentance, once faith is abandoned, is impossible.  


It is impossible, because the faithless do not feel the need for repentance and do not fully try to fully repent and atone.  


The same can be said for those who imagine themselves forgiven or pardoned without asking for forgiveness in the confession of sin(s), remorse for the harm caused, the possibility for repentance and atonement is impossible.  


Sin(s), like addictions, needs to be fully cleaned up (each step of the 12 step program completed) in order to be abstained from, repented and atoned for.  


Otherwise, sins are repeated and at times escalated and faith abandoned, because not truly practiced in truth and grace.  


Again, whether it is forgiveness or pardons, it must be based upon the Lord's Measurement and pass the Lord's Judgement in repentance; otherwise, it is just wishful thinking while still in sin(s) and possible damnation.  




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