Devotional - The Great Apostasy Is Underway

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by anthony wade, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, - 1Timothy 4: 1-2 (NKJV)

    We are raising up a generation of biblically illiterate, church worshipping, pastor exalting, Christians who lack the discernment necessary to realize when they are standing amidst pure heresy and what is worse, they seemingly do not care. Now, this is a broad statement and a generalization. I know many Christians who approach the Bible as Bereans and God with the reverent awe He deserves. Likewise there are many churches that refuse to compromise the Gospel and are led by God-fearing pastors. Unfortunately, as false theologies and Pop Christianity continues to expand, their number is dwindling in the face of people who know how to say the name Jesus, but deny any of His power in their lives:

    You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that! - 2Timothy 3: 1-5 (NLT)

    If narcissism and greed do not typify the majority of the modern church I do not know what does. I watched a video today of pastor zip-lining into the pulpit. I heard another popular preacher dare to use John 3: 16 to demand tithes from people. These last days are extremely difficult and will only grow worse as we march towards the second coming of Jesus Christ. Ungrateful? The heretical prosperity gospel is raising up generations of ungrateful Christians. Disobedient? The heretical hyper-grace gospel is raising up a generation of Christians who cast aside the need to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. Mocking God? We have seen such bizarre false signs and wonders that their entire nature is a thumb in the eye of God. Holy laughter? Uncontrollable animal noises? Drop kicking people looking for prayer in the name of Jesus? Drunk in the spirit? Gem stones, gold dust, glory clouds, and angel feathers? These are not the fringe anymore of a biblically solid church. They are now the mainstream of a biblically illiterate church. Consider that the biggest, most popular church in the country (Lakewood) is entirely based upon word faith heresy and prosperity heresy and then ask yourself if that is not scoffing at the real God? Consider that the biggest, most popular worship artists today (Jesus Culture) teaches dominionist heresy, has worship leaders who have testified they have been visited by demons, sing new age mysticism and overly sexualized lyrics; and come from one of the most heretical churches in the country that happens to have a school to teach people the gifts of the spirit. Do you think that is not mocking God? Slander and cruel? I have seen pastors use the purpose driven church heresy to drive sheep from the pen because they simply disagreed. Betray friends? I have seen friends side with a church building over their friends. Beloved, religion we have plenty of but power we lack.

    Which brings us to the key verses for today. They deal with what is commonly referred to as the Great Apostasy or the Great Falling Away. It means that many many people who claim Jesus Christ as Savior will fall away from the faith as one of the precursors of Christ‘s return. For a long time I wondered how such a great falling away could ever take place. Once you have tasted the goodness of the Lord it simply did not make a lot of sense that so many would willingly walk away. As I continue to read the Bible however God is making it clear that I was looking at the Great Apostasy incorrectly. I was assuming believers would fall away back into the world. No beloved. The truth is that the Great Apostasy will occur within the church system itself. That people will leave the true Gospel of Jesus Christ for false gospels but not realize that they are doing so.

    “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is! - Matthew 6: 22-23 (NLT)

    Think about that verse for a minute. When we convince ourselves that the darkness we are following is actually light, how deep is that darkness indeed! An unsaved person can still be convinced of their sinful state but someone who believes they are saved, believes they are following godly teaching, and believe they belong to a doctrinally correct church? Just try to convince someone then that they are dealing with darkness. I have and been greeted with pastor worship and church worship wrapped up in the name of Jesus. You can present sound Scriptural evidence and you will be greeted with utter carnality.

    The key verses spell this out for us clearly. The departure from the faith is displayed through giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons. That is exactly what we see in modern Christianity today. Deceiving spirits run many churches, leading people away from the Word of God. We see an increase in divine revelation replacing the authoritative Word of God. We see an increase in using horrific paraphrases such as The Message, instead of actual translations of God‘s Word. We see these deceiving spirits using false signs and wonders such as gem stones, gold dust, glory clouds and angel feathers to mock the real signs and wonders of God. We see large churches creating schools to teach the gifts of the Spirit. The deceiving spirits are described as seducing in other translations and that might give a better picture. These evil spirits seduce the body as they are what is celebrated on television. They are what grows the church horizontally. They are what brings the money into the offering plates.

    What of doctrines of demons? In this age of milquetoast theology and kumbya Christianity it seems that sound doctrine has been portrayed as something to not aspire to. When the most popular pastor in America was being interviewed by new age Christ-denier Oprah Winfrey he admitted that doctrine was not his “gifting.” The reality is that we should expect and demand that doctrine be pure. Demonic influences in the spirit realm are very real beloved.

    For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. - Ephesians 6: 12 (NLT)

    Doctrines of demons are those that are contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul said let him be accursed who tries to bring a different gospel! Yet what do we see today? Joseph Prince readily admits he preaches a different gospel. A cheap grace that twists the Word of God and lulls the more naïve Christians into dismissing matters dealing with sin, repentance and the law. Preachers such as Joel Osteen, selling earthly prosperity in lieu of eternal riches. Teaching such nonsense as being able to speak things into existence in our lives. False doctrine industries such as the International House of Prayer and the New Apostolic Reformation pretending to be swept up to the throne room, receiving direct marching orders from God Himself, and teaching children that they are the army God needs to prepare the earth for Christ’s return. Fake healing movements by the likes of Benny Hinn, the poster child of false teachers. We see demonically influenced music disguised as worship, mixing new age chanting, repetitive refrains droning without end and the over-sexualization of Jesus. The emergence of hipster pastors sporting mohawks, leather jackets and a sincere desire to be relevant to a culture that is consigning people to hell. Beloved these ARE the doctrines of demons the key verse warns us about. Holy laughter, rolling around on the ground, convulsing uncontrollably, barking like dogs, drop kicking people looking for prayer, drunk in the spirit, and any other numbers of clearly demonically influenced doctrines that have been widely accepted in our churches over the past 20 years.

    To make matters worse, we see a propping up of false teaching by a spineless leadership more concerned about television ratings and offering amounts than staying true to the Word of God. This Kumbya Christianity lends credibility to the incredulous and waters down the testimony of some who preach doctrine correctly but simply refuse to call what is false, despite biblical admonition to not call evil good. When we step back and look upon the breadth of this work, it becomes clearer that not only will the Great Apostasy come from within the church but that it is in fact underway. Think of your mega church pastors today. Do you honestly think they will instruct their congregation to not take the mark of the beast? How would we buy their books?

    There are two remaining points from the key verses. First of all, those that are part of the Great Falling Away will do so while speaking lies in hypocrisy. Beloved, remember that these folks will be convinced that their church is righteous. That their pastor is just such a swell guy; there’s no way he can be false. Don’t talk about my friend the apostle or my friend the prophetess! You are just dividing! You are sowing disunity! Once again, displaying a poor understanding of Scripture:

    Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them. - Romans 16: 17 (NKJV)

    The ones who cause the true division in the Body of Christ are the ones who adhere to and teach false doctrines! The first cry of the false teacher is always for a false unity. If we are not united in Christ there can be no unity. But think about the hypocrisy for a second. That someone claiming to represent Jesus Christ on earth would preach that we can ignore the law now even though Christ taught He came to perfect it. Another preaching that God wants us to be rich and comfortable when Christ had no place to lay His head and was crucified! Another teaching that we have to prepare the earth for His return when He taught us that we are pilgrims and sojourners through this world. There are some teaching that there is no hell or no consequence for sin - all in the name of Jesus. I do not think people realize or consider their own hypocrisy is claiming to follow Christ, teach Christ and yet ignore what Christ said.

    “So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? - Luke 6: 46 (NLT)

    Because it sounds religious? Because it is easier to teach? Because it leads to more money in the offering plate? The real reason is we have traded in eternal rewards for temporal gains. We now measure spiritual success with carnal metrics. We have tolerated a little leaven here and a little leaven there and now it is throughout the entire batch.

    The conclusion of the key verses is a frightening statement, yet it is borne out in what we see today. The people that are falling away have their consciences seared as with a hot iron. Another translation says their consciences are dead. This is serious business beloved. If you have ever tried to talk to someone who is under deception you would know what this means. There is often no discussion about anything. Defending the man, woman, or ministry is more important than the purity of the Gospel. They will hide behind the usual Christianisms and try to attack the messenger. They simply will no longer listen.

    For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths. - 2Timothy 4: 3-4 (NLT)

    There are far too many itching ears out there in Christendom. They are gathering around them teachers like Joel Osteen to tell them that God wants them rich beyond the dreams of their own greed. They are gathering around them teachers like Joseph Prince to tell them to not worry about those pesky do’s and do not’s in the Word of God. They are gathering around them the new hipster pastors who show them that they do not really have to change. They are gathering around them purpose driven, seeker friendly churches because they make Christianity about them instead of about Christ. When you try and bring up the truth, they reject it out of hand and cry “discord!” Or they cry “legalist!” Instead, they chase after myths comforted by the sheer number of people around them chasing the same exact myth. But the broad path that leads to destruction is broad for a reason - there are a lot of people on it. There are a lot of people falling away. It has started beloved.

    Reverend Anthony Wade - January 31, 2014
  2. Good post, thank you! I was just reading Acts chapter 20 again, and it reminds me that we are living in the end of days. The explosion of knowledge, travel and media has sped up the process of perversion and wickedness. Surely, the worst offenders are Pastors who lead their flock astray. Woe to them! By the way, my wife and I watched Joel Osteen on television (Oprah show?), deny Jesus Christ in public, saying something about multiple ways to God. Yikes!
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  3. Thank you so much for the post! I'm praying for a loved one who has fallen into that trap. It's been very painful to watch.
    God bless you.
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  4. You have a scripture that explains this "Great Falling away"

    I have one that says the Gates of Hell shall not prevail against the Church and He is able to present the glorious Church without spot or wrinkle.

    Your missing something called scripture concerning this Great falling away and the failure of the Good Shepard who was unable to lead his own church.

    Of course I know you have enough sense not to use Apostasia because that is a Greek Female noun and can not determine what is leaves. The roots that make the Word mean Departing from a previous standing. (Stasis)

    You would need the Verb that means Apostasy and it was never used to explain any "Great Falling" away of the Church. We are told the Church does not fail, nor does it's Shepard.

    Now if anyone be chasing myths and bad teaching, they never were part of any Church Jesus is running.
  5. Michael, first of all, the verse you cite is about those that remain in the actual church of Jesus Christ, not everyone who calls Him Lord Lord. Secondly, I am not chasing you down the rabbit holes you like to dig. I think they end up muddying the waters. I will simply ask you if your honest belief here is that there will not be a falling away in the last days. If that is really your position, then we can politely agree to disagree.

    As for Scripture, I point you back to the devotional. I provided plenty of Scripture. Take care.
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  6. In the last days there shall be perilous times, people falling for bad teaching. None of this effect the Church though.

    Jesus would not call a group that promotes homosexuality for example His church.

    If you won't let me pick on you, I see no need to continue though. Till next time.

  7. Sorry to hear that. In some ways, false doctrine is almost worse than no faith. Thank you and God bless you also. :)
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  8. All that Anthony mentioned. Prosperity doctrine, Faith Healing and that itchy ear stuff is actually in the Word and real. Faith receives from God.

    I believe its the will of God to heal everyone, I believe God does not want us broke and unable to respond to need, I believe that you give and your seed is multiplied.

    The false Doctrine part is taking what was promised and switching it to me, me, me and mine. Once it gets in the land of me focused and off kingdom first then these things added to you focused it gets blown up to things the Lord never intended. Wealth to the hands of God's people was to establish His covenant on earth. Wealth was always God's and never intended to do things outside of the will of God for He said all the gold is his.

    God never runs out of Wealth, our Father lives on streets made of pure Gold. Having a mutli million dollar church is not the issue, or that jet plane. Dollar amounts mean nothing to God, but just to our limited level of what we call rich.

    It's all for the Kingdom first, the money and wealth on the planet was not for the devil and his people, it was for God's and his people. We don't let Satan scare us out of it, and we don't let Satan get us focused on it, but God' first.

    Anthony had a pretty good article about giving and being blessed, there is a real and it's powerful, that many have turned into greed. We don't shun the real and honest because of the false teaching out there.

  9. I have no problem at all with healing or being prospered. I've been attending a word faith church for several years. I'm talking about something different. Someone close to me who has taken the grace message to mean he does not and should not be "sin conscious". He takes it further to mean he can get drunk, fornicate, watch porn,swear, make racist and sexually crude comments [even to his 60 year old mother about her boyfriend] as he is UNDER GRACE. I don't believe for a second that's what God has in mind for His church. All while claiming to be a Christian and expecting God to prosper and heal him as God only sees him as RIGHTEOUS! He calls me Moses. Had to cut ties with him but pray for him. He didn't used to believe this way.

    That is what I was reading and hearing in the original post.

    God bless
  10. Totally agree! I know the only thing I can do is pray for him as he won't hear a word I say. It'll be the work of the Holy Spirit, not me. Ive tried probably longer than i should have in my strength. God knows what he needs and loves him even more than i do! I've had to step out of the way and pray.
    Thanks for the support!
    God bless you
  11. I'm sorry but some posts are too long. I think it's more effective with less words. No offense at all. I agree about the prosperity gospel-- but as long as we have a personal relationship with Jesus the Holy Spirit will continue to work on and thru us. Regardless of apostasy.
  12. Having no more sin conscience is scripture. It does not mean sinning does not bother you, the new man in us does not want to sin as it did. We all make mistakes and do sin at times but I think a whole lot different now than I did as a sinner and so do "most" believers.

    I have more faith in the Blood and forgiveness than I do feeling bad for sin.

    However.............. If you look up the Word grace in the bible, it's connected to something else as a condition.

    Grace to bless you if you give with a joyful heart.
    Grace to preach.

    Act 4:33 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.
    (grace to witness)

    Act 14:3
    Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
    (Grace to do miracles)

    Act 15:40
    And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
    (grace to pick the right ministry partners)

    Rom 15:15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,
    (grace to write boldly)

    You get the idea, Grace is given to those that obey and need the grace to do the will of God.

    There was never a such a thing as sinning and allow things in that are contrary to the Word and still expect to be blessed.

    Story: IN PRISON
    I got real sick. I don't believe in staying sick, it don't belong to me. I am convinced and nothing will persuade me that it's the will of God we are suppose to be sick.

    2 Weeks before:
    My brother in the Lord said something to me about watching WWF (now WWE) He told me it was not godly and I should not watch it and I am setting a bad example. I told him to mind his own business and not bother me with his weak conscience. (Not the best way to hand that, but I was agitated at them time)

    We stopped praying together and stopped talking. I told God that if He would say sorry, then I would forgive him and move on.

    Back ahead 2 weeks and sick:
    I rebuked the devil and I am still sick. I am not the one to ask God twice about something as that is in bad taste and not believing you received. (Mark 11:24)

    However if something is not working and your short on a promise in the Word, then best to get Wisdom. I went and ask My Father why I am missing out on His promise of healing. (It's never God's fault) He said...... "Go tell your bother you love him"

    So, I told God the most logical thing. I said then send my Brother to me and I'll tell him that.

    DUMB!!!! but we are were we are.

    More days go by and still sick and even worse. I remind God that my Brother never came to see me. (Dumb, God said I was to go to him and tell him I love him)

    So, I was out to get a drink and happen to see my Brother reading his bible. I walked over to him and told him I loved him and we cried and made up. I told him I had to go and lay back down.

    Before I got to my bed the power of the anointing came on me strong from my head to feet. Healed instantly but a scratchy throat from coughing so much. Just that quick.

    It only takes one step of disobedience to stop the Power of God in our lives......... Grace does not cover being disobedient, but to get back in line with God.

    Even fighting with your spouse, Peter says is can hinder your prayers........... Just a little fight and you cut the prayer line.


    If something was interesting to you, then how long would not matter. Have you ever watched a 1/2 hour tv program from start to finish?

  13. Hi Michael, I realize it is scripture to not be sin conscious. I just disagree with his application. He believes God doesn't see our sin anyway so "why confess and tell Him something He doesn't know" and "He only sees me as righteous". Hard to talk to someone who says things like that in defense of sin. I just believe he's missing the point of not being "sin conscious".
    I do agree with what you posted.
    God bless
  14. Well, God honors faith in revelation given. You and I don't have the patience God has with someone. People don't make God miserable (In a sense they don't foul his day up) , but they sure can complicate our lives.

    Is it possible that He had gotten hold of the goodness and grace of God, not understanding fully and is walking in faith by his understanding? When we do sin, it's a precious thing to believe the Word, repent and know God is not going to turn his back on us when we need help. Some people allow their past to destroy any relationship with God because of condemnation.

    A couple women I know for example just can't shake that condemnation from having a abortion and it effects their prayer life.

    The thing is, I use to believe If I said it then it had to come to pass. I had faith in what Jesus said, but only about 10% of the whole picture. Things happened that were amazing for a short time but then it was not working. I had to stop and learn other things like seeking God's will first then finding out what to believe. God put up with it for a bit, then it was time to grow.

    One thing I can promise you. You guy can't continue forever with this belief system before it starts to cost him. The devil will get a place and He can learn the hard way or hopefully the easy way.

    So I guess while he is making you miserable, we have to think about how God put up with us and this crazy grace doctrine will eventually get put in it's proper place. Grace is to serve God with ability you would not normally have. Grace is not to serve God and avoid consequence.

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  15. Good point you are right :) I'm just impatient!
  16. The word of God is like a foundation. If I say that "By His stripes you are healed." Which is scripture in Isa and Peter then tell you to just believe that and stop your crying about the cancer the doctor diagnosed you with, then though I told you the truth and we are to fear nothing or be moved by any evil report. I do you an injustice because I just gave you something with no foundation to stand or believe to where you can have peace and know God is going to make it alright if you just believe.

    Why does it say by his stripes we are healed? What brought about that promise?

    Jesus said they hear the Word and are glad, but when persecution comes for the Word sake they are offended, having no root in themselves.

    No root, no foundation. You may have heard God supplies all your needs according to his riches and Glory by Christ Jesus, have comfort in that knowing those bills will get paid, but then the devil brings on top of that a shut off notice for your power, then you just find out they are laying you off at work.

    You were believing everything was going to be fine, but now all this on top of what you already needed? You get offended and start feeling sorry for yourself, you even wonder how God could let all this happen at once. You think that when it rains, it must pour.
    You have no root and can be very easy to move off what you do believe.

    so if some post get a bit long, lots of times it's because you are being given that foundation to add and connect things so they make more sense. It does not good to tell you not to worry about cancer and throw a scripture at you when you don't even know what Jesus bought and paid for. I would want you healed, not confused, even if it takes a long time for you to start to understand.

    some post are to long, but the more you read the more you have to compare other things with. The more you know, the more exciting it is because God starts to make sense out of it all for you.

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  17. Ok. Thanks :)
  18. Sorry that was so long........ :)
  19. No that one was fine--lol

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