The problem with your theology is not that you believe "God is faithful". The problem with your theology is that it deprives mankind of all libertarian freewill, and makes God the author of all the evil in the in the world as well as the Good. The Biblical doctrine is that God is the author of only all that is good, and Satan is the author of, or more correctly the instigator of, all the evil in the world. You are not supposed to mix them up. </quote>
Ah, but you do realize there is only one thing that separates you from pelagianism, a true heresy right? Do you believe in the sin nature. If you do not, that makes you a heretic, with your belief of libertarian free will, and man not being bound by a sinful nature. Yet, if you truly believe man has a sinful nature, and is bound by such, then your belief in libertarian free will goes *poof*, because you can't have libertarian free will if you are bound to anything. You haven't thought through just how close to heresy your libertarian free will gets you, have you? It may not be a big deal, but this is an ancient heresy and known as such for a very, very long time. It is not that God is the author of good, it is that God, who is good, created everything, therefore, by definition, it was all good. As darkness is the absence of light (and as such doesn't really exist, but is rather the absence of something), cold is the absence of energy, so evil is the absence of good/righteousness. As such, God can have nothing to do with evil, no matter what crazy beliefs one may have, by definition. Since God is light, there is a complete absence of darkness in God. As God is good, there is a complete absence of evil in God. If you start to say something that ends with it makes God evil, then you are stating a lie, and don't know what you are writing about. There is A LOT more going on in this world then your limited closed vision is capable of seeing. You have limited God, and don't even realize it.
The Pharisees were also accusing Jesus. They were not accusing the Holy Ghost. They were accusing Jesus of casting out devils by the prince of devils. So how were they sinning against the Holy Ghost, when they were not saying anything against the Holy Ghost, but directing all their accusations against Jesus? Find the correct answer to that question, and you will have found the answer to your own question. </quote>
Remind me not to accuse you of using exegesis. You stated the very thing you said they weren't doing, as what they were doing in your statement. "by the prince of devils". They were accusing Jesus of casting out demons...by the power of the prince of devils. There happens to be a person involved, the actual power by which Jesus was casting out demons, and that was the Holy Spirit. So, while they believed they were accusing Jesus, their very words placed that accusation on the Holy Spirit, whether they realized it or not. So Jesus explained it to them, and basically told them that they stamped their own ticket to hell.
Let's quote it again then:
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
It answers most of your questions in the first verse, verse 4. It says that:
(1) they had been "once enlightened" (by the Holy Ghost).
(2) they had "tasted of the heavenly gift" (meaning by the Holy Ghost).
(3) they had been made "partaker of the Holy Ghost"
(4) they had "tasted the good word of God," and of the "powers of the world to come" (by the Holy Ghost).
(5) then they had "fallen away" (from all the witnesses of the Holy Ghost just mentioned).
(6) which makes it impossible to "renew them again unto repentance".
Add all of those together, and you will figure it out. "Crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh" represents the final act of betrayal that all of that entails. It is not the same as speaking evil of the Father or the Son. It is not for example like an atheist saying evil things about God or about Jesus. It is talking about actually participating in the final act of betrayal and crucifixion of Jesus. They are not the same.
It depends on how you define the "elect". My definition of the elect is not the same as yours.
The "Crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh" is not the point it is the part where it says "putting Him to open shame" that is the point. People may not recognize this, because we are just people, but God know, and God remembers. In Hebrews, it is speaking of the Jews who have not been redeemed, yet exist in the church, experiencing all the things that that entails, walking right up to the door of salvation, having all those things Hebrews mentioned, and ultimately rejecting it. I would believe that means they went back into sin and left the church. (In such a way despising the work of Christ on the cross.) The author of Hebrews is warning these people that there is no way back, once you have ultimately rejected.
Understand, the belief of some, such as myself is, that such blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is not apparently until someone dies without Christ. And some believe that dying without Christ, not accepting salvation, is the same as blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, for if one dies in their sins, they will remain in their sins. Elect are those chosen by God to come to salvation. They exist in His world, and He will do as He pleases. It doesn't matter how high and mighty you believe you are, or if you are one who would turn and talk back at your Creator.