Summary: Revealing some clues to apostates and the condition of the church in the end times

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Why Apostasy?

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2 Thessalonians 2 Key verse 15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions, which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

Today we will look at apostasy and how it will increase in the last days

First of all, what is apostasy? Falling away, withdrawal from truth

Whether we admit it or not, apostasy has happened, it is still happening, and it will get worse as the age comes to a close

1 Tim 4:1-2 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron

This departing means defection or falling away

It is evident from scripture that apostates were around during the time of the early church; in fact there are instances where we see them in the OT too

Where we see rebellion against God’s truth, then apostasy is present

Dan 6 being a good example: the people were told not to worship anything or anyone but King Darius; a degree was signed

V10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.

Rev 2:15 Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. (the church of Ephesus)

Rev 2:2 ……you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars

The Nicolaitans were reputed from early times to have been the followers of Nicolaos of Antioch, one of the seven (see Acts 6:5). We gather that they held the same error as the Balaamites, teaching to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit fornication. These were the chief matters condemned by the decree of the apostolic council (see Acts 15:29). They pretended to have a zeal for Christ, but really they opposed him.

Many Ministers, Pastors, Churches and Christians are forsaking the truth for a lie

Many don’t even know they are apostates

Matt 24:3-5 Now as He (Jesus) sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things be? And what [will be] the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?"

And Jesus answered and said to them: "Take heed that no one deceives you

For many will come in My name, saying, ’I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.

Jesus knew it was going to happen, so he warned us

Did he say a few would come? A few will be deceived? No, many!

And the apostles carried on giving the warning to the Church

Satan will come to deceive, just has he did in the past, and even more so as the day of Christ’s return draws near

So how do we know if we have fallen away, or if we are still in the truth?

We have to test everything we believe, and every preacher/teacher, including me, by the word of God, but not just find a scripture to back up our belief, but at least three, and in the context they were written

Spurgeon quote

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