[size=small]".. hate all sin and fervently long to be free from its power..."
. a fruitful branch of the vine or only a cumberer of the ground.."
".....love is manifested by a deep desire and sincere determination to please Him..."
"True,He has not yet completed this blessed work. True, the sinful nature is not yet eradicated. But one who is saved has been delivered from the dominion of sin. (Rom 6:14)"
"looking back (Luk 9:62),
drawing back (Heb 10:38):
turning back (Joh 6:66):
falling back, which is fatal (Isa 28:13)."
"...if your hearts are right with Christ, you will be prepared to welcome all His teaching and yield obedience to all His precepts."
"...like the Bereans, who were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so (Actn17:11)"
"At the spur of a moment, they profess Christianity; they do not espouse it..."
"..a slow process of backsliding may steal like paralysis over a person without awakening suspicion. Like the sleep that comes over men in the frozen regions, if they yield to it, they will never wake again
"...Why should you be so unwise as to go through pools of foul teaching merely because you think it easy to cleanse yourself of its pollution? Such trifling is dangerous..."
"The believer, when he is left to backslide or to fall into any sin, howls and groans under it."
"They are never at rest or ease until they have the guilt and filth of their sin expiated and washed away by the blood and Spirit of the Lord Jesus."
"The [believers fall] leads him to bewail the corruption and depravation of his nature..."
"When believers fall, they come under fresh engagements through grace to walk more closely with God than ever they have done before."
" As burnt bairns dread the fire, they are afraid of falling into the same sins again..."
".. falling away that is here spoken of signifies a deliberate,complete, and final repudiation of Christa sin for which there is no forgiveness..."
become dull of hearing (5:11),
unskilful in the word of righteousness (5:13),
"..unable to masticate strong meat (5:14).
"..spiritual enlightenment which transforms (2Co 3:18). An illus-tration of an unregenerate person being enlightened, as here, is found in the case of Balaam (Num 24:4)."
"A solemn example of one who merely tasted the good Word of God is found in Mark 6:20: For Herod feared John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and [b]heard him gladly.[/b]
"Repentance signifies a change of mind..."
Seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh.... By renouncing their Christian profession, they declared Christ to be an Imposter. Thus, they were irreclaimable
"The danger to which they were exposed was that of receding from the ground where Christianity placed them and relaxing to Judaism. To do so meant to re-enter that House that Christ had left desolate (Mat 23:38) and would be to join forces with His murderers, and thus crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and by their apostasy put him to an open (public) shame
"You will grieve the hearts of the godly, whose hearts God would not grieve. And it is a dangerous thing to offend one of His little ones."
"If ye shall apostatize in whole and slide back with a perpetual backsliding, it will be a prelude of your eternal banishment and separation from the presence of God."
"These heretics left the churches because they were not of them, only nominally. They were not the elect of God. They were reprobates.
"In the day in which we live, we have had many preachers who have shone forth in public view as blazing stars and comets, who have professed superior light, zeal, and usefulness to all others, who have been puffed up [and] had their own cant phrases. Such as saying of some of their great admirers, They see the Spirit in such and such sentences, in which they have chosen to express themselves. They havevery many of themfallen foully, scandalously. Yea, most shamefully, and abominably, and all by lust
What shall we say or think of such? I know I think and cannot but pronounce they are of their father the devil."
excuses for such notorious sinners are an awful sign of what our times are."
"False teachers are menpleasers
False teachers are notable in casting dirt, scorn, and reproach upon the persons, names, and credits of Christs most faithful ambassadors.
False teachers are venters of the devices and visions of their own heads and hearts..
False teachers easily pass over the great and weighty things of both Law and Gospel and stand most upon those things that are of the least moment and concernment to the souls of men.
False teachers cover and color their dangerous principles and soul-impostures with very fair speeches and plausible pretences, with high notions and golden expressions.
False teachers strive more to win over men to their opinions than to better them in their
False teachers make merchandise of their followers:
The names that he applies to these inconsistent brethren will seem to some hard and strange. Spots in their feasts of charity, clouds without water, trees whose fruit withereth, twice dead, plucked up by the roots, raging waves of the sea, wandering stars, yet naming the name of Christ and numbered among His disciples!"[/size]