Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. Romans 1:28
‘Turned over to a reprobate mind’
Yesterday I began speaking on a reprobate mind, today I will go a little deeper into why a Christian can be given over to a reprobate mind.
- “rejected, “not enduring proof or trial; not of standard purity or fineness; disallowed; rejected.” This is also a Bible definition found in the verse you quoted:
Israel was actually considered reprobate, as worthless silver. They had disobeyed and turned away from God, that eventually God rejected them. The reason why God did so, even is because they refused to get right with God. So even though God loved them then, and loves them now, He left them to be worthless. God not only rejects His people, but eventually does abandon them.
They did not keep the knowledge of God, His character in their minds and hearts so God gave them over to a reprobate mind. They refused to keep God before them, and refused justice and holiness.
If you fall away from God, you were never saved at all.
Many Christians say that we lose our salvation, and as much as I hate going into this topic I must. We may deviate, we may sin and separate from God for a season, but God’s grace who sealed us with His holy spirit is faithful to draw us back to Him. That is the true converted, holy spirit filled believer. Some people confess Christ with a sense of obligation, a sense of duty and wrong type of fear of God. Where they fear punishment, but eventually fall away because of the circumstances or demands from walking in holiness. God created the wicked for the wicked day, including Judas the disciple who was destined to betray Jesus. And he walked with God, as was also called, but ended up in hell. Suicide is a way where Satan convinces the ‘believer’ that death is the solution, and this lack of faith ensures that they lose their salvation. We are not completely lost until we are dead, as long as we have life we have the opportunity to repent and come back to God. As long as we have life, we are able to accept Jesus as lord and savior.
The doctrine ‘saved always saved, is not true either. But it is closer than the dogma that we lose our salvation and that God takes His spirit from us. Here are some scriptures to meditate on:
- “if we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13
- “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.”
- “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” John 10:29
Another set of scriptures which we must meditate own, ‘to make our election sure’:
- “Work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen. Doing this, you will never stumble or fall away”
2 Peter 1:10
- “But if the servant is evil and thinks, ‘My master won’t be back for a while,’ and begins oppressing the other servants, partying, and getting drunk – well, the master will return unannounced and unexpected. He will tear the servant apart and banish him with the hypocrites. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth… ”
- “Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.”
2 John 8-9