1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-7 (KJV)
Don’t skip over that – this is describing the world of right this very moment.
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 2 Peter 3:3-4 (KJV)
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 2 Peter 2:1-2 (KJV)
When I first began writing this blog, we were up to our waists in apostasy.
The water has now closed over our heads.
We’re drowning in it.
I’m really frightened. I cannot fathom the depths of outright contempt that false teachers have for the word of God, and those who stand for it.
Those who stand for the Bible are marked, and ridiculed, slandered, and even called a cult.
Let me speak strong words. If you’re new to my blog, look out – I do this pretty regularly.
If you reject the Bible, you are not a Christian. You are not saved.
If I quote arguments for the Bible, and you argue against me… then my assumption is that you are not saved. Why would a saved person argue against the Bible?
The word Apostasy is from the word “απο” which means “Against” or “away from” and “ιστημι” which means to stand, to be in one place.
To stand away from where you stood. To move in opinion. To change from an established doctrine. These are all the translations of αποστησια Apostasia (I think I spelled that right! Is it η or α? We’ll know by lesson 16!).
The Bible has been the Textus Receptus and the Ben Chayyim texts, and the translations from that family for many years uninterrupted.
Christianity apostasized back in 1881 by adopting a Bible from flawed and possibly forged Greek manuscripts that we have NEVER used, and according to an eclectic manuscript put together by two men who were apostate in their doctrine. The Translating committee was told to use no other Greek or Hebrew text. They ignored that, violated the terms of the translation they were to create, and did it in secret.
Today, almost EVERY Bible is made from these flawed and heretical Greek Manuscripts.
Teachers used to be very rare who downplayed the existence of Hell. Then Billy Graham stands up and states in a solemn baritone that “Hell is eternal separation from God” and people chased after him, eager to deny the existence of Hell themselves. Today, to find someone willing to stand up and teach on Hell themselves is a moment to rejoice. “Yes! There are still Bible teachers today!”
The Apologetics Study Bible downplays Hell as well. I guess the editors of it never read Luke 16. That’s not a parable, by the way. It was a literal story about a literal beggar named Lazaras, and a certain rich man. Why don’t we know the rich man’s name? The Lord avoided it for reasons unsaid. It may be that’s part of the punishment, is that their name passes away… but they continue to burn in unending, unbearable torment… forever.
It used to be rare to find teachers who were bold in their rejection of Jesus Christ. It still is rare to find them openly doing it… but it’s not rare to find them inventing a different Jesus for you to follow. for instance, Joel Osteen tells us of Jesus Christ asleep in a rowboat, and the apostles panicking because it was storming. So Jesus wakes up, and speaks the storm out of existence. You see, Jesus wouldn’t let the storm outside of him become the storm inside of him!
Yeah, that’s not… the Jesus Christ of the Bible. The Jesus of the Bible loved His disciples, and couldn’t bear to see them upset and afraid. So He stands up, orders the storm to stop and…. behodl! It stopped, you see, Jesus Christ did this because He was GOD!!!!
Why don’t you get a bigger vision? …of God.
We hear about the hippie Jesus who smokes, who dances, who does a little drugs every now and then. The hipster Jesus with the rooster hair cut and the goatee. The effeminate Jesus who talks in platitudes and refuses to criticize.
These aren’t the Jesus of the Bible.
We’re drowning in apostasy. It’s like walking out of a room where they sell cigars, and your clothes reek of it afterwards. The smell of apostate teachers so fills your nostrils you can’t even TELL anymore that these men are compromisers, false teachers, deniers of God’s word.
And remember this – if you are in a church where apostasy is preached and taught… you alone will answer for it. You alone wll have to give account why you continued to go there.
I could go on and on about how bad the apostasy is. It used to be you could print a list of bad teachers. Now we’re scrambling to put together lists of GOOD teachers!