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Mike is the general manager of Q90 FM and co-host of Stand Up For The Truth. His new book, "The Suicide of American Christianity" published in May of 2012.

Is Full Blown Apostasy Right Around the Corner?

I am fascinated when I compare the first century Christian church with what we see in America these days. As any organization grows from a small to a larger institution there is what experts refer to as “missional drift” that can occur. “Missional drift” refers to how when an organization grows, it often loses focus on its early purpose and foundation and slowly begins to look less and less like what it did in the beginning.

The first century Christian church knew what it stood for—that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Messiah, and that men must die to their flesh and pick up their cross and follow Jesus. They fully knew this would probably cause them to be persecuted or killed for this radical belief, but they didn’t care—Jesus and His salvation message meant everything to them.

Fast forward two thousand years and look at what Christianity in our nation stands for these days. No doubt there is a strong remnant remaining true to the original message of the early church, but a growing segment of Christianity seems to have drifted into narcissism, looking at Jesus as a means to happiness in this life. Jesus has become our “ticket” to health, wealth and prosperity.

The early church knew that Jesus died for them, and they had no problem dying for Him. These days the thought of picking up our cross daily or being willing to die for Jesus is a foreign concept to many Christians. Jesus has become our ticket to happiness, not the focus of any sacrifice we might be called to make.

The early church had no problem calling out sin and challenging one another to walk in holiness. Today, sin is regularly tolerated, and sadly in some denominations is even encouraged. When the Gnostics or Judaizers shared teachings that contradicted the gospel, they were rebuked strongly by the church. Last week, our president, who claims to be a born-again believer, endorsed homosexual marriage claiming that he reached this decision after a lot of prayer. Where is the outcry from our Christian leaders? Largely they have been silent either out of fear of taking an unpopular stance with their congregation and followers or because they really have no problem with the president’s decision.

The Bible tells us that in the final days evil would be seen as good, and good seen as evil; that false teachers would tickle the ears of lukewarm believers, and that there would be a great falling away from the true faith. If we take a step back and look at American Christianity and ourselves individually, I think we will see just how far we have drifted from the original church in the Book of Acts.

There is time to correct this severe drift. If we repent of our ways and ask God’s forgiveness, we may yet avoid slipping into complete apostasy. But the ringing silence by the church to our president’s declaration of homosexual marriage as righteous is a chilling sign, just like we were largely silent when abortion was legalized in 1973. How much longer will God be patient with us before He turns us over to the depravity of our hearts? God is patient, but not tolerant. And I, for one, think we are rapidly running out of time.

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3 Responses to “Is Full Blown Apostasy Right Around the Corner?”

  1. Mr Davis #

    I have to ask what is full grown apostasy? Is it the difference between a little sin and a lot of sin.

    Now this is chilling to the core:

    Isaiah 2:17 The arrogance of all people will be brought low. Their pride will lie in the dust. The LORD alone will be exalted! 18 Idols will be utterly abolished and destroyed.

    19 When the LORD rises to shake the earth, his enemies will crawl with fear into holes in the ground. They will hide in caves in the rocks from the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty. 20 They will abandon their gold and silver idols to the moles and bats.

    21 They will crawl into caverns and hide among the jagged rocks at the tops of cliffs. In this way, they will try to escape the terror of the LORD and the glory of his majesty as he rises to shake the earth.

    22 Stop putting your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. How can they be of help to anyone?

    Isaiah 3
    2 He will destroy all the nation's leaders — the heroes, soldiers, judges, prophets, diviners, elders, 3 army officers, honorable citizens, advisers, skilled magicians, and expert enchanters.

    4 Then he will appoint children to rule over them, and anarchy will prevail. 5 People will take advantage of each other — man against man, neighbor fighting neighbor. Young people will revolt against authority, and nobodies will sneer at honorable people.

    6 In those days a man will say to his brother, "Since you have a cloak, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!" 7 "No!" he will reply. "I can't help. I don't have any extra food or clothes. Don't ask me to get involved!"

    Isaiah 1
    10 Listen to the LORD, you leaders of Israel! Listen to the law of our God, people of Israel. You act just like the rulers and people of Sodom and Gomorrah. 11 "I am sick of your sacrifices," says the LORD. "Don't bring me any more burnt offerings! I don't want the fat from your rams or other animals. I don't want to see the blood from your offerings of bulls and rams and goats.

    12 Why do you keep parading through my courts with your worthless sacrifices? 13 The incense you bring me is a stench in my nostrils! Your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath day, and your special days for fasting — even your most pious meetings — are all sinful and false. I want nothing more to do with them.

    14 I hate all your festivals and sacrifices. I cannot stand the sight of them! 15 From now on, when you lift up your hands in prayer, I will refuse to look. Even though you offer many prayers, I will not listen. For your hands are covered with the blood of your innocent victims.

    16 Wash yourselves and be clean! Let me no longer see your evil deeds. Give up your wicked ways. 17 Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows. 18 "Come now, let us argue this out," says the LORD. "No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool. 19 If you will only obey me and let me help you, then you will have plenty to eat. 20 But if you keep turning away and refusing to listen, you will be destroyed by your enemies. I, the LORD, have spoken!"

    Praise God for His word and may we find grace in the Lord's eyes and heed the warning. May the Lord grant us repentance from our folly. May He turn our hearts to Him.

    May 18, 2012 at 5:38 AM Reply
  2. Larry #

    Most likely we are already at the level in the surveillance state where your neighbor or boss, or even spouse could be expected by the FBI to give information on you. And who would question that if you were a drug runner, but under the terrorism threat any statements made questioning the government can be used as justification. A few years ago was a story of a man who ended up being questioned by the FBI because someone reported he was reading a certain book in the line at Starbucks.

    In fact we are all expected to go informant if bound by a national security letter. They could ask me to watch my neighbor because the NSA computer noticed that he wrote 'bmob' in an email to a friend. Bomb spelled backwards right? But in context he may have written 'bmob'? In response to his friend writing 'party at my house, byob '.

    It seems hard to imagine that such a vast dragnet could also efficiently filter all the possible false positives without using citizen spies to more quickly assess the risks. And what good American would refuse?

    'brother will turn in brother, and mother in law her daughter in law'. And 'the treacherous have dealt very treacherously indeed.'

    May 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM Reply
  3. Nate #

    The Early Church also believed in the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist – today only a handful of 33,000+ Christian denominations do.

    The Early Church believed in the regenerative properties of Baptism (by water and the Spirit). Now that is, again, only held by a handful of 33,000+ Christian denominations

    The Early Church believed in infant and adult Baptism, and again, only a hand ful believe in it.

    The Early Church believed in a higherarchy (Bishops, Presbyters, Deacons), again, today only a handful do

    The Early Church believed in Sacred Oral Tradition as well as Sacred Scripture (the Law, Prophets and Writings – the Old Testement)

    The Early Church believed in a marrage between Faith and Works for salvation – cannot be seperated (cannot be justified by works alone and cannot be justified by faith alone)

    The Early Church believed in One, visable, tangable as well as spiritual Church…

    The Early Church believed their worship of God / Jesus to be a RE-PRESENTATION and participation in Christ's Once For All Sacrifice….

    The Early Church believed in the primacy of the Roman Bishop…

    Again there are very few Denominations (the word means "new name") who believe any one of these.

    There is only one Christian religion who believes ALL of the above.

    I urge all of you to READ THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS!

    Clement of Rome – Baptised by Peter himself – writing in about 90AD (about the same time Revelations and the Gospel of John is thought to be written)

    Polycarp of Smerna – Student of St. John the Apostle
    Ignatious of Antioch
    Irenaus
    Justin the Martyr – the first Christian appologist writing to the Roman Empirer about what EXACTLY Christians believed. Born 100 AD, converted about 130AD http://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/justinhttp://www.earlychristianwritings.com/text/justin

    READ THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS AND LEARN YOUR FAITH!!

    May 28, 2012 at 3:24 AM Reply

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