Apostasy means “falling away”. Apostasy is caused by those who “want to pervert the gospel of Christ” (Galatians 1:7). The church in the first century was warned “there will be false teachers among you who secretly bring in destructive heresies” (2 Peter 2:1). This apostasy is happening in the Lord’s church even today. It was predicted in 1 Timothy 4:1-2, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later 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.” The end result of apostasy is that many people will lose their souls.
Many departures have occurred during the past 2000 years, which have resulted in hundreds of religious divisions. 2 Timothy 4:3-4 says, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” What should be our religious relationship with someone following false doctrines? 2 John 10-11 says, “If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” We must pray for them and encourage them to follow the truth, but also never give a person encouragement in their false doctrine or we too could lose our soul.
We read in 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12, “because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion; that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who believe not the truth.” It is such a shame that many in our communities have chosen to believe a lie of Satan, rather than the truth! We must keep on proclaiming the truth, knowing that God’s plan will save souls from spending forever and ever in the burning fires of Hell. Let us examine ourselves, then urgently invite others to study. We must all believe and obey the truth of God’s word and be faithful to Him all the days of our life.