OPINION (Charisma) – I listened as a man “deconstructed” his Christian faith for nearly 1 million podcast subscribers, saying, “I have jumped ship,” taking his wife and children with him “into the waters.” A local pastor resigned following his own deconstruction of the faith.

What prior generations called “a crisis of faith,” this generation terms “deconstruction,” stemming from hard faith questions that seem to have no answers (or perhaps the answers are too hard to bear). The Bible calls it abandoning, falling away or departing from the faith (Matt. 24:10) and it is one of the signs Jesus said we would see prior to His return.

The signs are not only prominent today, but converging, and can be disheartening and hard to watch as they unfold. With the advance of technology, the great falling away prophesied in the Bible is escalating like never before, as those jumping ship do so online in front of hundreds of their closest “friends.” How many jump into the waters with them?

God told us the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10), so we know this will happen. And 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “Now the Spirit clearly says that in the last times some will depart from the faith and pay attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.” It doesn’t say that some will depart from a faith, or faith in general, but from the faith. Faith in Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 says, “Do not let anyone deceive you in any way. For that Day will not come unless a falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of destruction.” That day, the day of Christ’s return, will not happen until there is a falling away first, then the revealing of the man of sin—the Antichrist. READ MORE

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