The Pattern for Personal Apostasy

by Dee Bowman It seems to me that even evil follows a predictable pattern. I have seen one or two persons, on rare occasions, suddenly and unexpectedly bolt from the faith and forsake God – seemingly all in one motion. However, this has certainly been the exception and not the rule. Most people who leave…

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Reactionary Apostasy

by Warren E. Berkley via Guardian of Truth, February 1, 1990 Here is a situation that isn’t hypothetical. It is common, and thus worthy of our attention. In a local church where there is a history of objection to the sponsoring church arrangement and other unauthorized innovations, war breaks out. Brethren “bite and devour one another,”…

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There’s No Security for the Believer in ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’

by Al Diestelkamp via Think on These Things, Volume 41, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2010 There is a belief in many Protestant churches, and especially popular among those who would describe themselves as “evangelicals,” known as the doctrine of “The Security of the Believer.” In Calvinism’s TULIP acronym, it is represented by the “P” for “Perseverance of…

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How do I know if I have fallen from grace?

Question: What does it mean to fall from the grace? I’ve doubted Jesus so many times, I’m scared I’ve fallen. I pray to God to forgive me and ask Him to never let me go, never let me take my eyes off Christ or I’ll be lost. How do I know I haven’t fallen? Answer:…

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A Pattern of Departure from God

by Clem Thurman via Gospel Minutes, Vol. 58, No. 51, Dec. 18, 2009. Jeremiah the “weeping prophet,” was sent to warn God’s people to return to the Lord. His pleas to them, his tears for their rebellion, fill the books of Jeremiah and Lamentations. He writes that Israel had forgotten the Lord (Jeremiah 2:32), they…

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The Falling Away Comes First

by Carl A. Allen A problem confronting Timothy when Paul wrote the second epistle to him was that of some people, (Christians) believing the “resurrection is past already” (II Timothy 2:17-18). “But shun profane babblings: for they will proceed further in ungodliness, and their word will eat as doth a gangrene: of whom is Hymenaeus…

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The Three Chairs

I.         There is a tendency for groups of people to drift away from the truth as years go by             A.        Not necessarily one person leaving the faith, but as generation succeeds generation there is a tendency for children to not do as well as their parents.                         1.         It shows up as a gradual change, not a sudden departure…

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“When the Lord Opens the Door You Have to Seize the Opportunity…”

by Bob Lovelace For some reason. perhaps because it is beneficial to be reminded how apostasy works, or better yet because apostasy does indeed “work” and presents itself in order to perpetuate its working of error, I keep meeting those who say they really do not see anything wrong with instrumental music in worship. Conversation…

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Notes on Apostasy

Proverbs 15:10 Ezekiel 18 Ezekiel 33:12-16 Matthew 3:10 John 8:31 John 15:6 Acts 8:12-13 Acts 8:1824 Acts 20:28-30 Romans 11:16-24 I Corinthians 9:24-10:12 Colossians 1:22-23 Galatians 5:4-7 I Timothy 1:18-20 I Timothy 4:1-3 I Timothy 6:10 II Timothy 4:4-10 Hebrews 2:1 Hebrews 3:12-19 Hebrews 4:1 Hebrews 4:11 Hebrews 6:4-7 Hebrews 10:26-30 Hebrews 10:38-39 James 5:19-20…

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