Can believers fall away?
And the seeds on the rock are those who, when they hear, welcome the word with joy. Having no root, these believe for a while and depart in a time of testing.
According to the verse above which talks about the parable that Jesus told about the four different places that the seed could go, it would seem that believers can fall away. Some people see another possibility. They think that this verse looks at how people appear, rather than their true spiritual condition. They suggest the appearance of falling away (that is, turning away from the faith entirely and decisively)reveals that the person never had true faith to begin with.
Others, however, say it’s possible to believe for a while. They say the New Testament warns believers to persevere in their faith. That this is a warning different from that given to unbelievers. They say God gives people a free will. A free will is something they still have when they commit to Christ.
The debate goes on, so it is perhaps best to emphasize what both sides agree on: In the end those who believe will be saved, and only the seed that bears fruit will reach its goal.
The challenge here is to try to live each day for God. We are a flawed being so we will definitely mess things up at times, but if we keep our focus on trying to do what is right, what God would want us to do, we will be on a good path and working towards our goal of living a life more like Christ did while he was here on earth.