Hebrews 6:4-6 A Warning for Believers?
The warning in Hebrews 6:4-6 is an extremely controversial topic. There are 3 different theological interpretations: 1) Arminian view: a Christian can lose his salvation; 2) Reformed/Calvinist view: believers are eternally secure so it is a warning to unbelievers in the church audience; or 3) Hypothetical: it is only an idle threat.
Andy discusses a fourth view that could be the key to solving the problems of the other views by looking at the passage’s references to Kadesh Barnea. Kadesh Barnea refers to the generation of Old Testament Hebrews who came out of Egypt (the Exodus) to a place called, Kadesh Barnea. There, all but Joshua and Caleb lost the blessing of being able to enter into the Promised Land because of their lack of faith. Therefore, the author of Hebrews 6:4-6 is not threatening his audience with hell, but a loss of blessing, and maturity in Christ. Andy and also covers the problems of the other views taken by different theologians on this controversial passage. Andy is a professor of Bible and Theology at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston, Texas, USA. He also the Senior Pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church. For more videos visit http://awmblog.org/biblestudyvideos/