The tell tail signs of Apostasy .....Coming to a church near you!!!!! Are you aware and is it there?
¶ 2 Timothy 3:1-17...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.8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all [men], as theirs also was.10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of [them] all the Lord delivered me.12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.14 But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned [them];15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.16 All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.¶
Ok, Now for a little dialogue about what this means, and what God calls us to do, as He, is likewise calling them out! As this proceeds, it addresses the above as it is layed out. We are living in perilous times, not since long ago have things ever been as such that they are now. The scene has been set and the curtain has been raised! Lovers of self is highly descriptive, it is a person whos Agenda supercedes that of God's Agenda, these are usually the people who react rather than respond. "Impulse" is never a good counterfeit over "Inspiration of God", the tell tale mark of on Apostate is one who rushes in hectic, manic, unorganized and flustered. The Spirit of God has a unmistakable and distinct impression that proceeds and preceeds. (If it smells like spoiled milk, chances are it is; no need to get knee deep in cottage cheese to figure that out). Those in positions of power, who scoff at being questioned or having to be accountable, those who garner the cooperation and resources of many but want to rule with an independant iron fist?. It is the subtle underscore, under the roose of service to God, that insinuates others must forfeit their funds and their sensibility in order for it to be an acceptable service to God, while the decision making and the execution of things other than first presented goes un unchecked! If you have become cut down, torn to shreds or vehemently opposed because you dare to demand an accounting, chances are... that spirit is not comfortable with the God of scripture that you represent! Ministers of the word are instructed by God through scripture to avoid controversy (1 Tim 3-8)
1 Tim 3-83 As I urged you when I went into Macedonia, stay there in Ephesus so that you may command certain people not to teach false doctrines any longer 4 or to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies. Such things promote controversial speculations rather than advancing God’s work—which is by faith. 5 The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Some have departed from these and have turned to meaningless talk. 7 They want to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. 8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly
They are held to a standard befitting of the shoes they have stepped into (those being the sandals of Christ, not the "A. Testoni's") There are very few in service to God that get a golden carpet ride, those that do are instructed to be vigilent, diligent and humble. They can easily fall into pleasures that pull them farther from God than when they were not believers. Their speach, their true beliefs spring from the well of their hearts & out of their mouths, a keen ear can discern this over and above the comely words they use. They are the ones that insist on things as if God's arms are short, pockets are empty or power is stale. Sometimes, God stalls a thing for a purpose, the Apostate presses onward, stubbornly; not yielding to the subtle directives places in their path by God, hence they stumble over the stumbling stone (Romans 9:30-33)
Romans 9:30-3330 What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; 31 but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. 32 Why not? Because they pursued it not by faith but as if it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone. 33 As it is written: “See, I lay in Zion a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall, and the one who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
It says from such turn away; this is the beginning of the calling out. We are called to take note, not follow, to make ourselves scarce (except for the services God calls us to perform or witness). Communion and fellowship with the Apostate is avoidable and highly suggested! They will themselves seek situations and circumstances unbefitting of Christian conduct, questionable choices and provisions should be viewed as suspect. These are the earmarks of apostasy; such as, "Do as I say, not as I do". God's doctrine and laws shall not be mocked! ( I remember seeing a video of a certain preacher in a southern district who has gotten so off track that he believes God is supporting his unnatural / UnGodly union with someone other than his wife, which he claims is dues to his being born that way.) He has created an entire false doctrine around his perversion to support his disobedience). This is a warning to all; we must die to sin and self in order to serve God. Simple, direct and unwaivering!
Scripture is ultra clear about what his personal life will look like, the man of God, a leader, as in 1 Tomothy 3:8
(1Tim. 3:8-118 Deacons likewise must be serious, not double-tongued, not addicted to much wine, not greedy for gain; 9 they must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then if they prove themselves blameless let them serve as deacons. 11 The women likewise must be serious, no slanderers, but temperate, faithful in all things.
They are "ever learning" always seeking a feel good ministry, something new, pleasantries; the tickiling of ears. Telling men what they want to hear and withholding the strong meat! As with any false doctrine, in precept and form, there is always a tell and the false gospel will always be swallowed up by the integrity of the Lord's; just as Jannes and Jambres (their imposter serpents were no match for Moses') and likewise, the Gospel of truth shall plunder that of the darkness. It will always pale in comparison and when the test comes, it will be the viper of vapor, withering in that instant. Full knowledge is avoided by deceivers, they are reticent in what they devulge and how they do so...and likewise, they can never distinguish for themsleves the integiry of a thing or a person becuase they have given over to this cluoded mindset. (This reminds me of the saying; "If you never lie to yourself, no one else will be able to either!) Always remain amenable to God's correction, He makes the crooked straight! The children of Light are to continue in Faith and Grace, following the voice of the Lord becuase we know Him and He knows us, there is a connection point of clarity that doesnt require an earthly thing, it rings true in the ear of the believer. Just as a house naturally begins with a foundation and from there many layers are added, we know the Gospel of our Lord, as it has been layed out for us from the beginning, as we are reereed up with it, as the walls of a house are raised upon a steady base. Hold fast to the word and take cover in it often. Just as you return to your earthly home, daily, for repose and sanctuary from the world. We are to return constantly to the haven of His word, we are not of this world , but the Lord our God is our shelter and refuge!
Heavenly Father, as we have ears to hear, let us hear and eyes to see, let us see. Your Holy word says that all those who seek you and love knowledge of truth, to them you shall freely give wisdom. Let your Spirit pour out over the multitudes with a revival surge never before seen. Let the Jehu's come forward and multiply in strength that the arena may be swept clean of salt that has long since lost its savor. Father we come to you this hour in full faith, confidence, knowledge, acceptance, appreciation and reliance upon You. As we face an enemy that is known, it may come camouflaged by garments, doctrines or words but none the less those things that are not of you are deficit of your stamp of approval. We shall know them through spirit and spirit shall reveal their weak hinges, their substituted ways and expose them in their waywardness. With the heart cry of the saints we turn over our plea to you, Oh Lord, for you shall avenge your Bride the Church, for she trusts in your provision and her righteousness shall not be subject to shame. Heavenly Father we thank thee that thou are always present, before, during and ahead, ever clearing our paths and making straight the ways in which we proceed. In the name of our Holy and Triune Son, our Savior, Christ and Lord AMEN!
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6But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
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8A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.