Here's the link to the original post "The Parable of the Sower"
"Does it mean that those who are not yet deeply rooted in Christ, who are still babes in Christ, are not going to heaven until they become more firmly grounded in Him?"
"But what about those who die when they are still babe's and have not yet become firmly rooted? What is your definition of firmly rooted? "
Profession: The act of professing; avowal; a declaration, whether true or false. http://www.dictionary.com/
The Parable of the Sower defines four types of people who have heard the Word of God (seed). Three of them are "hearers", producing no "fruit" as a result. One is a "doer", producing "fruit" as a result. The fact that those who profess belief in Christ is categorized along with the unbeliever says a LOT in that fact alone. (The category of being unfruitful.) While their profession may be genuine in and of itself, it does not necessarily mean their faith is genuine as well. The book of James is a wonderful book that defines genuine faith. In this book, the 2nd chapter and the 19th verse tells us this:
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble"
If the devils also believe and tremble, what, then, is the difference between the devils and true Believers?
"But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?--verse 20
How can faith, being dead, exist? What is dead faith, but no faith?
The preceding passage lists an example of faith by works. (Works in this light should NOT be confused with legalistic "do's" and "don'ts", prayer rituals or any type of "salvation by works" method. This is clarified by the use Abraham's faith as an example.)
"Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?" --verse 21 (Obediently, faithfully following the command/will of the Lord)
"Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect" --verse 22
"And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God " --verse 23
"Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. "
Further Studying: James 1 and 2
Food for Thought: With the parable of the sower in mind, verses 22 and 23 in particular, read 1 John 2:15-17
Confession: Admission, especially if guilt or sin; also, a statement of religious belief. "To confess" can mean to agree, to promise, or admit to something. (Tyndale Bible Dictionary - 2001)
The Word tells us "...no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost" (1 Corinthians 12:3).
The bottom line is this: either you have genuine faith in the Word of God, or you don't. There is no middle ground. The parable of the sower reveals the "hearers" and the "doers" of the Word, both have the same result within those classifications. Our professions and confessions will be tested for validity, and it will be made apparent in accordance to His Word. 1Peter 1:7
Profession can become confession! Peter is evident of that! This is why we are exhorted by scripture to "hold fast the profession of our faith" (Hebrews 10:23)
Additional verses: Hebrews 12:1-3
"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." -- Hebrews 4:2
"For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world".--Hebrews 4:3
"Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief." -- verse 11
"For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."--verse 12
"Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do." --verse 13
Additional Studying: Hebrews 3; 4
In answer to the last question posed to me "What is your definition of firmly rooted?", my definition lies in John 15:5. In having said that, it is not "my" definition, but His. :)
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing"
Amen! God Bless!
Author's note: All italics, bold and caps in scripture are mine.
It seems as though I missed one question: "What happens to those who never hear of Christ?"
That won't happen. The Word says this:
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." --Matthew 24:14
"Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened" --Romans 1:19-21