Apostasy

February 15, 2019

“The word apostle means one who is sent and the word apostate means one who renounces or turns back. It literally means turning away.  A state of apostasy is worse than a state of ignorance. When we are ignorant, we don’t know and upon knowing we have a chance to correct our heart. Apostasy is when we do know and still choose to reject.” (Matthew Henry, Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“The Lord’s accusation against His ancient people when they dealt treacherously with Him should encourage us to examine ourselves humbly, candidly, and attentively. The sin of apostasy overtakes us by stealth. It can consume those who consider themselves honorable servants of the Lord right along with those who disdain the sacred and openly reject the truth.” (Dynamis 2/15//2018)

 

“…how gradually is the slide from faith to apostasy. One does not go to bed a devout and dedicated disciple of Christ and awaken the next morning to find oneself an apostate with an aversion to church-going. The journey from faith to faithlessness is a long and gradual one—indeed, if the Enemy is doing his job well, so gradual one will hardly notice it. The temptation, Scripture tells us, is less likely to be in surrendering to a sudden volte–face regarding our faith as in a gradual “drifting away” from it (Hebrews 2:1). The truth is we are never standing still; we are either moving continually towards Christ or away from Him. The only way to avoid slipping backwards is to run forward. St. Paul told us this long ago: “Forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Standing still is not an option, and apostasy will remain a possibility until we ourselves cross over into the other world. Let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall.” (Father Lawrence Farley)

 

“The Bible shows in detail what individual apostates and a nation that apostates bring upon themselves through this terrible choice. It shows how much God loves the person, the persons, and the nations and tries to prevent this. The Bible also predicts the growth of apostasy in the present and the future. Apostasy doesn’t have to be an outright rejection of God and His will. It can be a growing apathy that grips a person’s heart and a nation’s soul. We should look in the mirror and look around and do our best with the time, places, and circumstances we are in to preach and live the Gospel and do our part to fight the good fight against this subtle yet awful evil.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

 

“How easy it is, instead, to put the Lord Jesus out of our mind and pursue the games and pleasures of this life, effectively revolting against our Savior in order “to follow after vain and worthless things”. We need not look far to see this kind of apostasy among secular-minded Christians who worship at the altars of success, indulgence, and self-esteem.” (Dynamis 10/26/2013)

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