There is an unprecedented event which will happen in the very near future. That event is the Rapture of the Ekklesia (the called out body of Christ) and every Christian should be listening in anticipation for our Lord to call us all Home. Can you imagine the joy of being snatched away from this sin-filled world and being in the presence of Jesus? What a wonder that will be! Until then we live in a fallen world with all of its struggles and strife. Though we don’t know what day the Rapture will happen, we can see the signs of its approach. One of those signs is apostasy, or falling away. “Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3. “Falling away” is translated from the Greek word “apostasia”. According to Strong’s Concordance it means “a falling away, defection, apostasy”. When you look around at the various congregations do you see any apostasy? How about in your own congregation? There is a huge falling away – apostasy – from the pure truth of God.
Apostasy is a fact and sadly it is now in full swing. What exactly is apostasy? Any deviation from God’s word is apostasy, and in these last days apostasy is running rampant. Homosexual bishops, woman preachers, New Age, emerging church, yoga, contemplative prayer, replacement theology…the list is long. None of these doctrines are Biblical, but they are seeping into our congregations. These doctrines are entering through the teaching of preachers who try to make Christianity more “user friendly”, or should I say “seeker friendly”. The goal is to keep the congregation happy no matter what heresy is embraced. “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3-4. The congregation doesn’t want to hear that they are doing anything wrong, so they won’t stand for listening to God’s truth. Rather than standing firm on the word of God, the man in the pulpit makes life easy for the flock. He waters down God’s word so as not to step on any toes. He preaches to the itching ears of the congregation and apostasy reigns. More