I have to say for some reason I am depressed this afternoon.
I heard a minister say that he believed that some of those who have been called but not yet chosen might not come up in the Great White Throne Judgement. That is, there are perhaps some who have been given enough truth to make a decision who decide against that decision and by doing so condemn themselves to the Lake of Fire. Is this possible?
(Mat 22:14) For many are called, but few are chosen.
I always assumed that unless we had God’s Holy Spirit dwelling within us that we were not subject to that kind of Judgment. We were not yet chosen. But can we get close enough to be chosen only to fall away by choice?
Where does this doctrinal reasoning come from? Does anyone here understand this and can it be supported by scripture?
My thinking is that the unpardonable sin can only be applied to those of us who have tasted of the heavenly gift.
Heb 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
Heb 6:5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
Heb 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
Those who have been called might well have been enlightened by God’s Holy Spirit without to understand but they have not yet tasted of the heavenly gift which comes from having received God’s Holy Spirit within us, which means to me that they do not yet fit the criteria of those to whom the Unpardonable Sin might apply.
Much of the counseling for baptism comes from making sure we understand that AFTER we receive God’s spirit we cannot turn back. What I just heard seems to indicate that if we have heard and turn back we are still lost. then what is the point of counseling before baptism?
Luk_9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
In this age of the church we have not put our hand to that plow until we have decided and been baptized and had hands laid on us for the reception of God’s Holy Spirit. That is what I was told during Baptismal Counseling.
So how does this thinking arise? What scriptures am I missing that make a man accountable for his sins before he has committed himself to Christ in truth?