13. If a believer wanders from the truth or from the faith, will God surely give him repentance as He gave it to him when he believed?



Nowhere does the Bible say that God will surely grant him repentance. In other words, it is not certain that a believer, after straying from the truth or the faith, will come to his senses and return to the Lord. This is what the Scripture teaches when it says: “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:19-20), and again: “And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Notice that these passages say that it is possible for a believer who has gone astray to return to the Lord, but it is not absolutely sure that such a thing will happen.