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I used to say yes. I’ve recently said no. Now I’m thinking . . . maybe.
I’ve been on many sites recently, commenting with others who truly feel they were once “saved” and have chosen to walk away. It’s raised lots of questions. I understand the scriptures and know I will never walk away, but is it really possible?
When I first studied II Peter and learned the Greek words for “know”, I began to see how knowing and “really” knowing can be different. In the Greek there is a difference between gnosis and epignosis.
gnosis – primarily a seeking to know, an enquiry, investigation, denoted in the NT, knowledge, especially of spiritual truth.
epignosis – denotes exact or full knowledge, discernment, recognition, and is a strengthened form of gnosis, expressing a fuller or a full knowledge , a greater participation by the knower in the object known, thus more powerfully influencing him.
In English we have to clarify and that seems to be very offensive to nonbelievers.
To say, “If you truly knew Jesus, you would not have turned away,” seems arrogant. I can feel the offensiveness as I type. But isn’t that what Jesus taught when He said His sheep will hear His voice and will follow Him? He knows His sheep and His sheep know Him. We are told that nothing will separate us from the love of God. We have been sealed with the Spirit until Jesus comes again.
John also states in his epistle, “They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.” I John 2:19
We spread the word, the seed, and it falls everywhere. Some falls beside the road – those who have heard – but the devil comes along and takes it away – they will not believe and be saved. Some falls on rocky soil – those who hear, receive the word, but have no firm root – when temptation comes they fall away. Some falls among the thorns – they have heard but as they go on their way the worries of the world, riches, and pleasure choke them – they bring no fruit to maturity. But some falls on good soil – those who have heard the word, hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverence (The Parable of the Sower, the Seed, and the Soil from Luke 8:4-15).
So, I’m asking, what does it mean to de-convert?