Q. Where we live, the Bible has been strongly defended by many – in the past, that is. Having to leave a church because of the apostasy coming in & not being able to find anyone who cared, we visited many churches only to find the same thing. Many contemplative authors being “pushed”.
Having lived in this area forever – we know many of these people who have confessed Jesus as Savior and Lord – yet they have not wanted to hear that they are listening to false teaching.
So – it looks more to us, that the great “falling away” is actually believers in Christ, who are walking down the dangerous path of false teachings & worship practices (contemplative) thus threatening their heart allegiance to Christ. They don’t want to hear anything negative. So, with us seeing that, wouldn’t they comprise more of the bulk of the “fallen away” end times apostasy? That they are “choosing” to worship false idols?
A. The Greek word for apostasy means to fall away or rebel. Before you can fall away from something you have to at least think of yourself as being part of it.
But 2 Cor 1:21-22 and other places tell us that once we receive Jesus as our Savior, God assumes responsibility for keeping us saved. And in John 6:39 Jesus promised that he wouldn’t lose any that are given to Him. Several other passages confirm this.
All these things tell us that we’re either forever saved or we were never saved. People might be temporarily distracted by new movements in the church, but if they belong to the Lord He’ll bring them back. He promised to leave the 99 to rescue 1 who wanders off. (Luke 15:4-7) Those who don’t come back were never his, no matter what they said. Remember, Paul said confess with your mouth and believe in your heart. (Romans 10:9) It’s the belief part that really counts.