Is It Ever Too Late To Be Saved?

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live.  Deuteronomy 30:19 

I’ve recently read, “If we insist on death and cursing, God does not revoke his gift, saying, “Enough is enough!  This free choice business has gone too far!”  He only calls us to consider and choose life.” *  

In order to truly choose life, the chooser must have the free and informed capacity to choose death.  The overarching principle for both choices, is that

“That God will NEVER violate human free will.”

Let’s take a look at what would seem to contradict the above statements.  

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.  Romans 1:28-32

Jesus said, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. “Behold, your house is being left to you desolate! “For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’

In both the above cases, there seems to be an end and a finality where nothing else can be done.  

Once the active release or push over to the “depraved” (Reprobate) mind status has happened, there seems to be an end to free choice.  The mind and heart are given over to something that entraps them.  Whatever choices are made afterwards, are made from within the trap.  As the passage above infers, they’ve already known the truth, suppressed it, and exchanged it for a lie of their own.  In fact, not only have they rejected the gospel, they’ve started to preach their own and approve of those who act in a manner contrary to godliness.  God then gives them over to it.  It’s done!  Or is it?  A few questions:

If you have difficulty in choosing to follow Christ, then is your will really free? 

Can the Gospel recover a reprobate or a depraved mind? 

Does God ever stop calling us to choose life?  

 

 

 

 

 

*Fraser, Bryan (2012-02-17). Your Gospel Is Too Big (Kindle Locations 1213-1215). . Kindle Edition.

 

0 thoughts on “Is It Ever Too Late To Be Saved?

  1. Miguel,

    When mere men try to explain The Sovereignty of God they will always fail.

    Our Father does as He pleases, for His own purposes, even creating the wicked for destruction. Who among us can match wits with God and put His intellect and Spirit into a box? We would have better success seeking to urinate up a rope during a hurricane.

  2. Laurie Norris says:

    From within that trap you speak of, it is possible for some to recognize the trap for what it is and that they have become somewhat less than lovely. At that point there are some who pray and reach out for help (having heard of God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit). I believe that for such a one, God can and will help if He is sought. For these, the direction of life can change. Others just ride it out until it is too late.

  3. David Woods says:

    I kinda think the point here is that if a person is so dedicated to their own ideas and ways of doing things, (and opposing God) that God Himself gives up on them, there really is no hope for them anyway.

    God is, of course, all knowing, and I don’t believe He’ll give up on someone who has any hope of coming back around, but that’s just my personal belief. I don’t think these verses have near as much to do with judging whether or not others are worth giving up on–as they do with letting us know this is a possibility so that we can judge ourselves, and make sure we don’t cross that line. There are verses in the Bible whose main purpose seems to be instilling within us the “fear of the Lord”, and this is a good thing. There is a place for that, and that place comes when we start straying too far the wrong direction.

    I never did buy the whole “free will” argument. At least not as an absolute. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away free will at His choosing just like He does everything else. If He can harden Pharaoh’s heart, He can harden mine, or yours, or anybody else’s. He is sovereign, not us. All we can do is try to be the kind of people that He won’t give up on. And try to convince others to be the same.

  4. Eli says:

    Its a logical impossibility for both man and god to have “absolute” free will at the same time. So when we talk of free will we can only seriously mean ‘relative’ free will… meaning we have a sense of freedom and ability to act out on thoughts and desires contrary to the revealed will of god.
    The bible makes it clear on plenty of occasions that Gods purposes won’t be thwarted by man. Just the fact that man passes away and cannot will himself to live forever is proof enough his influence is limited.
    When I read scripture I see the sovereignty of God, the limitations of man, and a God who is love all playing out. The resurrection is proof the grave is not the end so from Gods perspective our limitations are not his.
    If its ever too late to be saved for someone before the grave, its certainly no business of ours.
    Jesus was lifted up and will draw all men to himself. If the whole cosmos is being reconciled I don’t think that excludes anyone.

  5. Marshall says:

    strong inference from Romans 1:28-32, etc., that Almighty God is able to direct the will of a man. Modern man finds a contradiction with Him in this. Humans have so devolved as to ever strengthen more foolish arguments against Him?

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