Friday, February 3, 2017

Reversing the Trend of Apostasy in the Christian Faith

By:  Michael Kaplan, author of "7 Pillars of an Unshakable Christian Faith"

Christians who believe they are living in the biblical End Times are watching for signs, such as the Antichrist, the “Mark of the Beast,” and various signs revealed in Scripture. Is it possible that believers might be missing the most obvious (but least promoted) sign? It’s apostasy, and the creation of the Apostate Church. 

A person is an apostate when – with full knowledge of the Gospel, and a full understanding of God’s Word – they turn against Christ in a final act of rejection. Disturbing statistics were presented earlier in this section about the percentage of Christian youth walking away from church. 

Even more disturbing are the number of Christians that reject God’s Word and stay in the church. In many cases, they’re not congregants: they’re pastors. God revealed to Christians this would happen – it’s an absolute requirement for End Times.

Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy
comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction;

~ 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ~

How can Christian Apologetics be employed to combat this problem? A believer who studies and understands God’s Word, and who’s committed to obeying God’s Word, is well-prepared to identify the signs of a person sliding into apostasy. The most obvious sign is rendering judgment on Scripture, independent from biblical history, historical theology, and Christian tradition. 

Left unnoticed and unaddressed, those who don’t walk away from their church completely will infect the Body of Christ, like tares sown among the wheat.

And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate
one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.
And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.

~ Matthew 24:10-12 ~

The Antichrist can’t operate freely in a world that’s obeying the Gospel, and destroying the Christian faith directly isn’t an option. Satan has a plan to deal with this situation: dilute the faith of individual believers into a state of apostasy, infect the Body of Christ, and establish apostate churches with biblically illiterate members who remain unknowingly deceived. The only defense against this strategy is a knowledge of sound doctrine and a biblical interpretation of Scripture.

Given the apostasy evident in many pastor’s teachings, Satan would likely enjoy seeing an increase in Christian attendance at these churches. What are some characteristics of an apostate church?

  1. Pastors are more concerned with a beautiful building and increasing church membership than teaching God’s Word.
  2. Pastors deny established Christian doctrine: the deity of Christ, sufficiency of Scripture, authority of Scripture, etc.
  3. Pastors accommodating requests from the church while knowingly violating God’s Word in the process.
  4. Pastors supporting the ordination and marriage of homosexuals.
  5. Pastors not teaching why the Gospel is Good News: the bad news of sin, hell, judgment and eternal damnation.

A true believer in Christ would be repulsed by these teachings and walk away from the church. An apostate would stay in the church and make more apostates. In the hands of faithful Christians who are true to God’s Word, Apologetics is an effective tool to combat the infection of apostasy in the faith.

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  1. This is a great article. I cannot wait for the book to be completed✝

    God Bless the process of messaging and words.

    1. Amen to that ... thank you ... and have a blessed day!