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Apostasy

In Apostacy, demonisim, False Prophets on April 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrine of devils.” (I Timothy 4:1)

The Spirit here is the permanent prophetic witness.  Not in parable, allegory or  symbol; but in explicit, unmistakable, literal words.  The latter times are explained by the current period in which they are contrast.   In these last days, Heb. 1:1, stands in antithesis to the Old Testament days, and means the days of the Christian dispensation. The last days of 2 Pet. 3:3, plainly refers to the last days before the second advent; of which Martha, in John 21:24, mentions the very last day.   Seducing spirits are the demoniac opposite of The Holy Spirit.  The doctrines they teach are not about demons, but “doctrines” opposing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Their sin consist in an apostasy from the Christian faith and oppressive superstition among the people.  It is expressly said that this apostasy will take place “in the latter days.” But apostasy is not a sudden occurrence, confined to a definite point of time. It is a progressive work requiring a period of time for its accomplishment. It advances step by step as it is able to lead and control public sentiment.

In our study of the predictions of the apostasy as embodied in scripture and of their realization as attested by later history, we shall recognize two distinct phases or stages of the progressive falling away as follows:

(1) Apostasy from the Church; and

(2) The apostasy of the Church.

In the first stage we have to deal with the forsaking of the truth and severance from the Church by individuals, at times few, at other times many. Such conditions can scarcely be considered otherwise than as natural and inevitable.  We find the Church itself apostate, boasting of temporal power, making its own laws, teaching its own dogmas, preserving only a form of godliness, while denying the power thereof.

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