Apostasy and the Apostate Church

Apostasy

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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.

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Romans gives a clear view on the subject,

Romans 1:25-27

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.

https://carm.org/apostasy-christian-church

 

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Things to Ponder

LionThought is dedicated to not only conservative Christian Values but open and honest discussion for instance the e-mail hacks that have happen they are out there, you should be able to look at them. A open society is as safe secure society

First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – See more at: http://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment1.html#sthash.hKLwRtlg.dpuf

We the people have the right to know, and News outlets and Blogs have a duty to expose when our government forgets who they report to, We the People.

Search the DNC email database at the link below

https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/

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Wisdom

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Feeling Lost

 

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Feeling lost, I’m sure we all feel that way at one time or another. Not lost while trying to find an address but lost as in what direction you your life is going.

I have excepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my Savoir, many years ago and lately I have been trying to get back and live in His Grace. It has been a hard road back to God, backsliding was easy, climbing back up is another story. Sometimes your hear yourself say I’m not good enough, I have waited to long and God can’t use me. This is the devils cadence, in your head every chance he gets, Satan wants nothing more than for a backslidden Christian to stay that way. He hates God and he hates Christians.

Joshua 1:9

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

It is a short verse yet it covers many of the walls Stan tries to build between my God and I. The past 6 months have been very fluid, work, home, family, friends and yes the world has had many ups and downs. Tonight I was feeling lost, lost in my career specifically. I have spent many years doing the same type of work and just 7 months ago had three very good job offers, now here I am essentially back were I started and ready to give up settle in and “do my time”.  My confidence went from an all time high to a new low. Not a good feeling, but Satan was enjoying it well I will not be dismayed because God is with me wherever I go.

1 Corinthians 16:13

Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Faith, I love it, faith is easy sound cocky? It shouldn’t if you are saved, In the verse above the Bible is telling me to Be Watchful pay attention, watch for Satan’s walls recognize his cadence. Stand Firm in the Faith. Faith is mentioned in verse after verse it is essential in being a Christian, act like men, be strong. The Bible was written at a time when men had to socially and biblical follow certain rules and do certain things. Strength in this refers to strength in God, in Faith and stand firm.

And when the cadence starts and the walls go up remember this verse.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

So the wall of feeling lost has crumbled (today) and I will watch for the next attack until then I will continue to move closer to Christ and his love. And don’t forget to keep your eyes on him, you don’t sink when you do that.

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How To Become A Christian

Becoming Saved

I am not a preacher or a teacher, I do my best to share God’s word and often stumble through what I’m trying to say. How to become a Christian is too important, I can witness when face to face, but a wordsmith I am not. Please visit THIS LINK

I was saved when I was 15 and for a couple of years I was active and growing. Something happened, I let something drive me from the church and more importantly from God for many years. I continued to pray and sometimes read the Bible, but was not an example of a Christian by any measurement.

Over the past 10 plus years things happened that gave me the time and opportunity to pause , go to Christ in prayer and start working on my relationship with God again. I can never regain those years, but God has been true to his word and forgiven me, when I stumble He lifts me back up.Satan continues to attack me, he favorite attack is using my own memories and guilt to tell me I’m not worthy of God’s love, the fact is no one is worthy, the Bible says All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

The fact is that once we lay our sins at the cross we are forgiving, we cannot forgive ourselves, but we need to faithfully lay our sins down and ask for forgiveness in return the Bible tells us in  1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

If you are a Christian who for what ever reason has slipped away from God, ignore the whispers of the devil and go back to the cross. Christ shed his blood for us there and rose again, we are cleansed by his blood, don’t waste that and it is never too late.

 

Good Bless you all

 

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Strength and Hope

Strength and Hope

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Definition of the word Psalm

Psalms 31

1 {To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.

2 Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me.

3 For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.

4 Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

5 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth.

6 I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.

7 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities;

8 And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.

9 Have mercy upon me, O LORD, for I am in trouble: mine eye is consumed with grief, yea, my soul and my belly.

For my life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed.

11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours, and a fear to mine acquaintance: they that did see me without fled from me.

12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side: while they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life.

14 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.

15 My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.

16 Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies’ sake.

17 Let me not be ashamed, O LORD; for I have called upon thee: let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave.

18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!

20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.

21 Blessed be the LORD: for he hath shewed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city.

22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.

23 O love the LORD, all ye his saints: for the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

24 Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.

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Psalm 143:7-12

Psalm 143:7-12

Hear me speedily, O Lord: my spirit faileth: hide not thy face from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit.

Cause me to hear thy loving kindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me.

10 Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.

11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy name’s sake: for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble.

12 And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul: for I am thy servant.

 

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From Law to Grace

Law to Grace

 

The transition from Law to Grace is a major fulfillment of prophase in the Christian Bible we could write many posts just on this subject, but inn short when Christ came , died and rose again we moved from law to grace some also call this the church age. Now we are saved by grace

Romans 8:3

For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Comparing the Bible to the Koran just don’t work

Like the opening says we went from, Law to Grace, yet those who hate Christ and Christians are always quick to “try” and compare the Word of God to the Koran, a book (Koran) that is more of political guide than holy scripture but that’s for another post.

When non Christians and haters try to use the laws in the Old Testament and then say see, Christians and Muslims are the same they speak out of ignorance and hate, in fact the only thing they have in common is what Islam stole in order to try and show some legitimacy. Again I will follow that subject up soon, please hold your death threats until the series is done.

Law vs Grace Example

In the versus below we see where Grace was applied over Law. Islam and their Sariah law represent the exact opposite of not only our Constitution (Remember I explained that yesterday) but against our Christian beliefs. If you think this is hate speech well no help for you anyway

John Chapter 8:2-10

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee

 

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