I don’t really even know where to begin. These last weeks has seen so much twisting, bowing to other god’s and idols, I’m not even sure if the word apostasy fits anymore. Lets look at what Apostasy means as far as Christianity is concerned. According to Wikipedia:
- Turning away: “Apostasy is also pictured as the heart turning away from God (Jeremiah 17:5-6) and righteousness (Ezekiel 3:20). In the OT it centers on Israel’s breaking covenant relationship with God though disobedience to the law (Jeremiah 2:19), especially following other gods (Judges 2:19) and practicing their immorality (Daniel 9:9-11). . . . Following the Lord or journeying with him is one of the chief images of faithfulness in the Scriptures. . . . The . . . Hebrew root (swr) is used to picture those who have turned away and ceased to follow God (‘I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me,’ 1 Samuel 15:11). . . . The image of turning away from the Lord, who is the rightful leader, and following behind false gods is the dominant image for apostasy in the OT.”
- Falling away: “The image of falling, with the sense of going to eternal destruction, is particularly evident in the New Testament. . . . In his [Christ’s] parable of the wise and foolish builder, in which the house built on sand falls with a crash in the midst of a storm (Matthew 7:24-27) . . . he painted a highly memorable image of the dangers of falling spiritually.”
- Adultery: One of the most common images for apostasy in the Old Testament is adultery. “Apostasy is symbolized as Israel the faithless spouse turning away from Yahweh her marriage partner to pursue the advances of other gods (Jeremiah 2:1-3; Ezekiel 16). . . . ‘Your children have forsaken me and sworn by god that are not gods. I supplied all their needs, yet they committed adultery and thronged to the houses of prostitutes’ (Jeremiah 5:7, NIV). Adultery is used most often to graphically name the horror of the betrayal and covenant breaking involved in idolatry. Like literal adultery it does include the idea of someone blinded by infatuation, in this case for an idol: ‘How I have been grieved by their adulterous hearts . . . which have lusted after their idols’ (Ezekiel 6:9).”
This fits many examples today. Lets just take a couple of examples, but this is rampant today. One of the largest denominations next to the Catholic Church, is the Lutheran denomination. And the Evangelical Lutheran church is the largest of the Lutheran denomination. They just elected their first gay bishop. And they are so proud! In fact their exact words were: ‘Once again, we are proud to be Lutherans’. How special is that. They are not proud to be Lutherans because Martin Luther endured much persecution during the reformation, or because they are one of the largest denominations, but because they have a gay bishop! Jesus is not proud, I can assure you. Then there is the church (Fairview Community Church in CA.) who has a billboard that say’s: ‘Interfaith dialogue Wiccan & Christianity’. And they are as proud. In fact the pastor wrote a scathing letter to a tweet that she received. This is a direct quote from the pastor: That said, we believe that there is power in knowledge. We believe that our faith cannot be destroyed by learning about the faith of another. And ultimately, we believe that God and Jesus call us to be open, loving and tolerant (if not affirming!). Isn’t that special. We are to be loving and affirming. Affirming what, other god’s? Learning about other faith’s is what destroyed ancient Israel many times, it’s what happened to King Solomon, and many others. And remember King Solomon had great wisdom from God. So in order for him to ‘whore’ or affirm, or show love to other god’s they had to be great seducing spirits. Like the one’s we see today in the church. Her exact word’s when she ended her letter was ‘Sincerely, A follower of that radical peacemaker, bridge-builder, justice seeker and bearer of love: Jesus, our brother and teacher.’
HELLO!!! Jesus is not our brother!! Paul, Peter, James, John, Mark, Matthew and the rest of the Apostles may be our brother’s but JESUS is not our BROTHER! This is another Jesus that they are following. Jesus is many things, He is the SON OF GOD, THE LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, THE MESSIAH, THE FIRST AND THE LAST, BUT HE IS NOT OUR BROTHER!
Are you beginning to see the picture? Apostasy is rampant! They are falling prey to all sorts of seducing spirits as warned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy chapter 4. The immorality that is now running full speed ahead into the church is not of or from God. It is from the Prince or God of this world. It is not the Jesus of the Bible, it is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, it is a foreign immoral, dark seducing god, who seduces the church with all sorts of promises and false doctrine. Just as the serpent told Eve, ‘You shall not surely die.’ He is telling the churches the same thing today. This diversity, is not from God.
In 2 Timothy chapter 4 Paul tells Timothy this in verse 14-16 ‘Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. Take heed unto thyself, and unto the DOCTRINE, continue in them for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.’
Does this sound like we are to change and twist the doctrine to fit whatever is popular or politically correct at the time?! Absolutely not. And then there is this in Galatians 1:8 ‘But though we are an angel from Heaven, preach any other gospel unto you which that we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.’ The word accursed according to Strongs is Anathema, and means separated, apart, (excomunicated). Does this sound like we are suppose to be in tune, and affirming another religion who worships a different god? Absolutely not! And remember when Jesus forgave sins, he always said: ‘Go and sin no more.’ He didn’t say let’s sit down and talk about it, I want to affirm your god, and learn about it, so I can respect them too. Remember what Jesus told the Pharisees in John chapter 8 when they questioned Jesus’s authority? He said: I am the light of the world. he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true; for I know whence I came and whither I go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh, I judge no man. And yet if I judge my judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. Jesus went on to tell them that they know not the Father or Him. If they did they would know the truth and the truth would set them free. He also tells them ‘Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do: he was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth; because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.
So, using this as a guide what do you think about the churches and their ‘Apostasy’? They are falling away like leaves in the wind. Is there any wonder that Jesus said in Matthew chapter 7 verse 21 ‘Not everyone who says to me Lord, Lord will enter in? Or in Revelation in the letter to the churches when He said, ‘Because you are lukewarm, I am about to spew you out of my mouth.’
This is prophesied also, a great falling away. Make sure your on the right side of this, and take the narrow path described by Jesus in Matthew 7 verse 14 ‘Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.’ Verse 15 say’s this ‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.’ Well to use an old quote “Something is rotten in Denmark.” This is not the fruit of the tree of life, but of the tree that leads to death. The tree that the serpent of old (Satan) tempted Eve with. Same old spirit, nothing new. God say’s I make known the end from the beginning. Don’t be afraid to speak out, because we as true followers of Christ will not be loved, we will not be a part of the world or feel the need to affirm another’s idol’s or god.
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