We hear from time to time, especially lately the word Apostasy or the Apostate Church, but what does it mean. Let’s look at some versus in the New Testament that may help you (and I, as I found I often learn when I study) understand what it is, examples and what it means to us as Christians.
Example from the Bible
2 Peter 2:20-22
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known [it], to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, the dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
As Christians we know the true difference between right and wrong, the world and it’s ever moving target of morality means nothing, only the Word of God, consistent not changing to satisfy current trends or the folly of the political circus.
Romans gives a clear view on the subject,
25-Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
So here in Romans it is clear, there is not unless, or but it is an unnatural act. Furthermore, verse 25 rightly points out that changing the truth of God is a lie, in my view blasphemous and if we as a people or church decide that, well God gave them free will, and more and more people are used to it so let’s change Gods word, let’s be “tolerant” so we can attract more money parishioners. This is an example of Apostasy.
The Pope is starting to slowly lead the Catholic church down this path, http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/popes-inclusive-remarks-on-homosexuality-surprise-many/article5541767.ece
Apostasy in Action
How many churches have you see change their name over the past 10 years? Maybe you have not noticed many take any reference to God and the Bible out, or making it less prominent in the name, Community Centers, or the community center of faith. These again are names picked for marketing purposes, to attract people. Large churches have become the rage and the two or three I have visited where void of the Gospel, they have no invocation and the end and never mention the price for the wages of sin death, they do not even preach about how to become saved opting for a good karma begets good Karma. This is an example of an apostate church.
We should be reminded that we are not to hate homosexuals, that is not what Christ taught, it is a sin, a sin of lust but all sins are seen as equal in God’s eyes. If we do not except Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, ask for forgiveness for are sins are start to follow His Word we will go to hell, this is not hate, this is love for I do not want anyone to go to hell. Oddly with this view we are bigots, while nations that rule by sharia law and Islam kill and jail homosexuals are protected and even celebrated the very people who call people Christians bigots.
Will it get Worse
The Bibles mention of apostasy is not just mentioned in 2 Peter, but for the sake of time and space lets see how this relates to the times we live in, Christ return is at the door as Christian we see all the signs, Christ could return before you finish reading this or He could wait another 100 years. I feel it is closer but no man knows the day or time.
1 Timothy Chapter 4
1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
3 Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
The things mentioned here are not the only things we will see from the apostate church, we see people every day and even Churches and some major religions that are moving towards a humanistic approach trying to have the Bible and the ways of the world this cannot be.
2 Peter 3:17 – Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know [these things] before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
We are warned in the verse above about the dangers, not just homosexuality but abortion, lust the enslavement of men through government oppression. We see politicians telling us that the Bible needs to be updated to fit their views or that of the world. We are warned to not follow man’s false morality but the Word of God.
We will see (and have seen) that even in America being a Christian means nothing, you will support abortion through your taxes and the affordable care act. In the military chaplains cannot mention Christ when consoling solders, pastors are being forced to marry homosexuality couples. It will get worse, as a Christian you will either go into hiding secretly meeting to avoid punishment (that happens now in many countries). Some will stand and yell it on the corner, on the Web, risking fines, death threats and investigations. We are as Christians targeted for the terrorist watch list, simply for following Christ.
Let me be clear early Christians did both, some hid and grew the church and others openly defied the government and grew the church, you will have to search your heart, pray and LIVE IN THE WORD.
Our Christianity is not debatable; we must render unto God that which is his.
Father I ask you give us strength as the devil through evil people tries to make evil good and good evil Lord help us to stand with you and your word, unwavering making no excuses, and keeping your word in our heart. Thank you Father, Amen.
Here are some other Links that may help you understand what we are seeing today.
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