Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is the Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to Catholic Answers Magazine, and a weekly guest on “Catholic Answers Live.”
At some point in their lives, virtually everyone has wondered whether they can be forgiven for what they've done. The good news is, they can!
But sometimes the doubts linger, particularly for people with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and particularly in connection with certain passages in the Bible, such as some in the book of Hebrews that deal with the subject of apostasy -- the complete rejection of the Christian faith.
Passages like these:
It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left.
Can an apostate be forgiven? If you've knowingly and deliberately rejected Christ, will he take you back? And what is the real meaning of those passages in Hebrews?
In this episode I respond to a gentleman who is struggling with these very issues.
I demonstrate that the Hebrews passages do not mean what the gentleman fears and reveal, instead, the infinite mercy of God.
The good news is: No matter what you've done, if you are willing to come back to God, God is eager to take you back. He loves you, and your sins are not greater than his love.
I'm also preparing a special mailing for the Secret Information Club where I "interview" Blessed John Paul II on heaven.
If you'd like to read what John Paul II says about heaven and how we can get there by God's mercy, you should sign up for the Secret Information Club by Friday, June 8th, and you'll have it in your email inbox Saturday morning.
Now here's the show! Just click "Play" to listen!