If there is one thing that we learn from the book of Hebrews, it is that good Christian people can become not-so-good Christian people. What I mean is that a Christian might not always be steadily progressing in his faith. Not only can he have a lull in his faith, but a Christian can experience a degree of backsliding.
Just because we believe in the perseverance of the saints, doesn’t mean that everyone will live the high and holy Christian life. The belief that “Once saved/always saved,” doesn’t mean that people won’t fall into a time of sin or see the Spirit’s activity withdrawn.
In their book Is It Real When It Doesn’t Work? Doug Murren and Barb Shurin recount the story of Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel. Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Nobel awoke one morning to read his own obituary in the local newspaper. It said, “Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, who died yesterday, devised a way for more people to be killed in a war than ever before, and he died a very rich man.”
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