But what is your take on what would have happened if the prodigal son or anyone who had received salvation backslides by rejecting the Father, His Son, the Holy Ghost and totally turned away from the faith and DIED without having repented or had the opportunity to return to the fold. Would that person be heading for hell or heaven? This is a conversation that came up with a couple of my work colleague when we were in an after discussion on Luke 15:11-32 so I would be interested in having a discussion and receiving everyone's point of view.
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Melvin King, John 21:19-23 did not answer my question
I agree that God makes no mistakes, but in the context of trying to link it to predestination I have to disagree.
We do have Free Will, and so our eternal residence is based solely on our decision. God doesn't force us to remain in the fold, Romans 1:28 says that they didn't RETAIN the knowledge of God...They became REPROBATE, it said GOPD TURNED THEM OVER to a reprobate mind.
This is one of those mind troubling situation we face in the Christian circle.People think that they can see Scripture and lift it to make baseless argument.Because over 85% of today's Christians doesn't understand principle of doctrine, it makes me sick sometimes.Ok, may be to your knowledge, Scripture has categorizations. There are verses that imply certain meaning, and therefore must be carefully analyzed. But how can this be possible when everyone claim to interpret it.
My brother, you quoted Rom.1:28, which has nothing to do with the topic of eternal salvation.
Yes, we have free will to choose our eternal destination. But once we made that one shot decision, our position in Christ now depend on the character or nature of God. He is the one holding us, and not we holding him. For his gift and calling are irrevocable. And nothing can separate us from this relationship ( including ourselves, cannot get out of our sonship, it is a sealed matter, it is too late to get out).
He has promised us blessings if we obey his mandate. He has not promised us eternal damnation if we failed to follow his plan concerning our grace given eternal destiny or predestination. For those He knew He also predestined. God knew those who will accept his offer of salvation, and He destined them to be with Christ. And He also knew those who will not accept the offer, he allowed them to the consequences of their choice. He God created them too, and showered them with His Love, but they rejected him to be their Father. That is why He gave them up to their reprobate mind. The knowledge of God means,through general revelation, through nature, they have all known that there is God, yet they never believed, but rejected Him.
Amechi the branch must remain firmly attached to the tree in order for the tree to sustain it, when the branch break loose it shivelled and died.