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Once Enlightened

John Collins12/17/2012 10:11:00 AMI've been studying recently on enlightenment -- not what we typically associate with Buddhism or Hinduism, but Christian enlightenment.

Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits. For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned.

I have growing concern for the ministers in this message, and just don't see any way that things will turn favorable. My concern is that the disfellowship of even their own, from church to church, will not only continue to bear thorns and thistles, but will lead to a path that the scriptures say has an "end that is to be burned."

Some of those ministers came out of Gospel-based Bible-founded churches. Were they once enlightened and crucified the Son of God again?

Everything I read in the scriptures points fingers against those that turn back to works-righteous faith, and I don't see anything under the New Covenant to support the doctrines that have been produced.