(That's Jesus talking if you read the context.)
I believe that if you are truly saved, truly repented and believe that Jesus rose from the dead, God will always draw his children back to Him when they stray. Anyone who hates Jesus after previously calling themselves saved or shows no fruit of being saved, I don't think was ever truly saved.
This is an interpretation from gotquestions.org. I accept this interpretation because:
- It's logical
- It's firmly backed by Scripture
- The writers on gotquestions.org have good standing in my eyes because they do their best to clearly answer questions with Scripture and indirect Bible teaching (indirect Bible teaching meaning taking principles shown in the Bible and applying them to life)
- The answer does not contradict Scripture
What verse is this?
You could use that verse alone about any religion. For instance, you're a Hindu, and you see that verse alone. You think you can worship God, but still offer to idols and foreign gods, because it's your tradition.
I'm not against tradition, I'm only against tradition that is against the Bible. I'm going to look up that word "tradition" in the Bible and see what the word means.
Edit: Okay, I just looked up the word. The word translated "tradition" is the Greek word paradosis, meaning precept; used in that instance for specifically Jewish traditional law.