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There is no such human, as a former Christian.There can be a nominal person, who calls their self a Christian, then for whatever reason then say they no longer believe in God. Why do I say this? The Scripture is perfectly clear that if a person is born again [John 3:3,5-1 Peter 1:3,22-25] they are sealed into Salvation [John 6:39-40; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22-Ephesians 1:13-14]. So if one is an Atheist after calling their self a Christian, they were a Christian in name only.
I have a take for this question that correlates with many others and is also an important Central point of emphasis of understanding scripture. Professing one's faith and belief in Jesus Christ and asking God's forgiveness of all of their many sins is the very moment that your many sins will be removed "as far as the east is from the West"! ***The answer is a profound YES!*** From that event, one is permanently cleansed of their unrighteousness. Satan and the world will overload you with temptations, trials and tribulations at every turn and every single opportunity! Jesus told us each that "we will suffer for His namesake" and that we are "to stand strong in the face of adversity by not succumbing to the wiles of Satan" People that are living as the world wants are the one's seemingly cruising through life in a perfect state of tranquility with no problems, cares or concerns. These souls are in a state of serious eternal life residence situation! The answer lies in this truth from God's Holy Scripture: "For as long as ye have breathe on this Earth, ye can call out to God, the Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, His One and Only Begotten Son to request to be forgiven of all your many, many sins and "Ye shall be forgiven and have all your sins washed away "as far as the east is from the west". (There have been many 'last breathe saving moments of surviving spouses/family/friends witnessing their loved one verbally expressing their request at that 'final hour moment of repentance to God in Heaven'.) "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have life everlasting/eternal". "Praise God that He provided us a savior. And, His name is Jesus Christ! --ANDY--
Based on scripture, yes. People can get confused. I would think it would be rare, but possible at the same time. What if as a child they believed the simple gospel of John 3:16-18. At that point, they were sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13-14. Once we have that seal, we have to go to heaven. But as they grew older they were being told that what they believed was foolish, and they began to believe it. Second Timothy 2:13 If we believe not He abideth faithful, He can not deny himself. His Holy Spirit that lives in all believers. God may chasten that person and try to bring them back to the truth, and He may take them out of the world as useless to Him. But, they are still saved. They may lose their life, and their rewards in heaven may be burned up, but they are still saved so as by fire. First Corinthians 3:12:21
Assuming that ‘go to heaven’ means being saved, I will say that only God will make that determination in the judgment day (Matt 13:49; Heb 9:27; 2 Cor 5:10). Moreover, ‘former Christian’ refer to a person who accepted Christ as personal Savior, made public confession of faith, got baptized and later on changed his/her mind about following Christ. In the parable of the sower, Jesus describes exactly the people who at some point believed the Gospel, welcomed Christ in their lives but later on they ‘withered away’ - something that was once living had died. This clearly means that some people have received salvation at some point but lost it because they did not grow deeper roots in Christ. (Matt 13:3-7). Christians do not lose their free-will. God does not take hostages. King Saul was Spirit-filled but died a lost man. Judas Iscariot was one of the 12 disciples who Christ sent out to preach the Gospel (along with 70 others), and at some point was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:17). Judas was among the 12 and Christ wanted his name engraved in the foundation of the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:14). However, Judas allowed Satan to use him and lost his salvation (Luke 22:3). People are saved by grace, through faith in Jesus Christ (Eph 2:8). The Bible clearly teaches that all who believe in Christ will be saved (Acts 16:31; Rom 10:9). However, by definition, an atheist does not believe in God’s existence. Knowing that he only way to be saved is by faith in Christ (Acts 4:12), can an atheist be saved? ‘Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life’ (1 John 5:12).
The Bible is very clear: HEBREWS 6:4-8 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; 8 but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
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