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NT II Final

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A. Apostasy: You can lose your salvation (the classical Arminian position).
1. Strength: the participles in vv. 4-5 seem to describe a Christian.
2. Weaknesses: the consequences: "impossible" for them to become a Christian again.
B. Reprobate (aka "Test of Genuineness") (Reformed view): those who never accept Christ but are exposed to Christianity & may even are part of the group of believers for a period of time. But they eventually leave, & they never become believers.
1. Strength: the "impossible" for them to become a Christian
2. Weakness: vv. 4-5 seem to be describing a Christian.
C. Means of Salvation: the people in vv. 4-6 are false believers, and the means by which God preserves His saints are the warnings (passages like Heb 6:4-6) and the blessings. This view says Christians could fall away, but they won't fall away.
1. Strength: the "impossible" for them to become a Christian
2. Weakness: vv. 4-5 seem to be describing a Christian.
D. Backslider (aka Loss of Rewards): For Christians who live in carnality, they miss God's blessings, mature growth, opportunities of service, and some future rewards (Rom 14:10-12; 1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10). Thus, parapesontas in v. 6 is "wilful disobedience to God" rather than "falling away" (apostasy).
1. Strength: it is consistent with the interpretation of Hebrews.
2. Weakness: this seems to make the problem too small.
E. Hypothetical: If someone were ever able to leave the faith, they could never come back.
1. Strength: It interprets vv. 4-6 in really meaning a person being a Christian
2. Weakness: like the backslider view, it makes the problem seem too small.