WHAT IS APOSTASY
- Nothing can separate us from God’s love (Rom. 8:38-39).
- Nothing can pluck us out of God’s hand (John 10:27-29).
- God will never cast us away (John 6:37).
- God opened a door no one can shut (Revelation 3:8).
1 Timothy 4:1 (DARBY) The Spirit speaks expressly, that in latter times some shall apostatise from the faith, giving their mind to deceiving spirits and teachings of demons.
Apostasy is . . . willful rejection of Christ . . . this is different from false belief, or error, which is the result of ignorance. – Illustrated Dictionary of the Bible
Three Main Themes of Apostasy:
1. Deserting your faith in the power of Christ’s blood.
Galatians 1:6 (AMP) I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace (unmerited favor) of Christ (the Messiah) [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel.
2. Abandoning the work of the Holy Spirit.
Titus 1:16 (LSC) They claim they know God, but their very life styles show that they’ve turned their backs on Him.
3. Denying Jesus as the only Messiah and Lord.
Jude 1:4 (CEV) Some godless people have sneaked in among us and are saying, “God treats us much better than we deserve, and so it is all right to be immoral.” They even deny that we must obey Jesus Christ as our only Master and Lord.
Hebrews 10:26 (MACE) If we wilfully apostatize, after having received the knowledge of the truth, it is as a sin for which there is no sacrifice appointed.
. . . If we give up and turn our backs on all we’ve learned, all we’ve been given, all the truth we now know, we repudiate Christ’s sacrifice and are left on our own to face the Judgment. – MSG
The root of apostasy is iniquity. Iniquity has caused every rebellion:
- Lucifer (Ezekiel 28:15).
Ezekiel 28:15 (NKJV) You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you.
- Adam and Eve (Job 31:33).
Job 31:33 (WEB) Like Adam I have covered my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my heart.
- The nation of Israel (Hosea 7:1-16).
- Judas (John 13:2, 27; Acts 1:18).
- Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:3).
- Demas (2 Timothy 4:10).
- Hymenaeus and Alexander (1 Timothy 1:19-20).
- Great Falling Away (Matthew 24:12; 2 Thessalonians 2:3).
To understand iniquity we have to look at where it started: Lucifer did not understand why mankind was chosen to rule over God’s creation (Genesis 1:26-30; Ezekiel 28:13-15; Hebrews 2:5-8; Isaiah 14:13-14). Mankind had very limited knowledge (Genesis 2:8-9). Lucifer was “the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” (Ezekiel 28:12, NIV). Pride filled his heart and corrupted his wisdom (Ezekiel 28:17).
- Lucifer elevated his knowledge over God’s omniscience.
- Lucifer vilified God and justified self.
Job 40:8 (AMP) Will you really annul My judgment and set it aside as void? Will you condemn Me [your God] that you may [appear to] be righteous and justified?
Iniquity leads to apostasy because it undermines our confidence in God’s wisdom, character and love. Iniquity blinds us to God’s true image, causing us to build barriers of distrust against Him.
Isaiah 59:1-2 (GSPD) The Lord’s hand is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear; but your iniquities [false concepts of God] have been a barrier between you and your God, and your sins [errors from deception] have hidden his face.
- Dishonoring God gives birth to iniquity.
- Honoring and magnifying God breaks iniquity’s hold.
Hebrews 3:12 (CJB) Watch out, brothers, so that there will not be in any one of you an evil heart lacking trust, which could lead you to apostatize from the living God!
- God knows everything (1 John 3:20).
- His understanding has no limit (Psalm 147:5).
- Nothing is hidden from His sight (Hebrews 4:13).
- Declaring the end at the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).
- His understanding is beyond reach (Isaiah 40:28).
- His ways are higher than our ways (Isaiah 55:9).
- God is light with no darkness (1 John 1:5).
- His plans are for our well-being (Jeremiah 29:11).
- His paths are kindness and truth (Psalm 25:10).
- His ways bring life and peace (Romans 8:6).
- He is the embodiment of good (Mark 10:18).
- He cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18).
- He cannot sin (James 1:13).
- He works all things for our good (Romans 8:28).
- He is the worthy of our trust (Proverbs 3:5-6).