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Answering The Atheist
December 24, 2006 / Volume 6, Issue 52

THE ATHEIST'S COMPLAINT:
Is it possible to fall from grace? Some Bible verses say yes (Galatians 5:4; Hebrews 6:4-6; 2 Peter 2:20-21), but others say no (John 10:28; Romans 8:38-39). Is there a contradiction?

RESPONSE:
Is it possible to fall from grace? The answer is yes. The texts listed above by the questioner adequately reveal this. So, let us turn our attention to the two texts which are used as evidence that one cannot fall from grace.

Neither John 10:28 nor Romans 8:38-39 say that God's people cannot fall from grace. Both texts reveal that there is no one or no thing which can cause the Lord's people to fall from grace. John 10 says no one can snatch the elect from the Lord. Romans 8 says no force or power can separate us from the Lord. However, one thing is missing from both texts. Though no one has the power to snatch the Lord's people from His hand, they may choose to walk away. Though nothing is able to separate the Christian from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus, he may choose to leave.

Demas is an example in the Scriptures of one who had fallen from grace. 2 Timothy 4:10 reads, "...Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world..." No one "snatched" Demas from the Lord. There was no power or force upon Demas which caused him to fall. No one or nothing was responsible for Demas' fall, except Demas himself.

There is no contradiction.

This article is a response to Skeptic's Annotated Bible