By Glenda Ward
In a Day of Declension
Declension, “a falling away” – the act of professed Christians who deliberately reject the revealed truth of God’s Word.
Apostasy differs from being wrong concerning God’s truth that may be the result of ignorance (Acts 19:1-6). This may also be due to the result of being in the snare of Satan (2:25-26), but both of these may exist with true faith.
A time will come when Apostates’ will not endure sound doctrine and will make the choice to follow after their own pleasures of the world. These people will gather their own teachers for their own ears to hear; they being turned away from the truth and turned to fables or stories that are not true of our living God, Salvation, Jesus Christ and eternity, (4:3-4).
Apostates depart from the true faith but not from showing the outward profession of Christianity, (3:5). Apostate teachers teach of worldly things and pleasures and have their own multitude of followers, (4:3). Apostates are false prophets among people denying redemption by the blood, bringing upon themselves swift destruction; and the way of the truth – Jesus Christ – will be evil spoken of, (2 Peter 2:1-2 and read 2:3-19).
The righteous, dwelling among these kinds of people seeing and hearing, troubled their righteous soul seriously from day to day concerning these people and their unlawful teachings and doings. We are to keep in mind that the Lord knoweth how to deliver the Godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust into the day of judgment to be punished. (Reference Psalms 134:17)
Please Note: Chiefly those that walk after the flesh in uncleanness, and despise government; those that are bold, straight forward, overconfident, and take liberties, are self-willed people that are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. These people speak evil of the things that they do not understand; and they will utterly perish in their own corruption receiving the reward of unrighteousness as they that count it a pleasure to riot in the day time, sporting themselves with their own deceiving’s while they feast among us, (Jude verse 11).
They have forsaken the right way, God’s way, by going astray. Isn’t this a description of what we, as Christians, are seeing here on earth today, (2 Peter 2:10)?
Apostates turn away from the faith. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than after they have known it, to turn away from the Holy commandment delivered unto them. (Read the Book of Jude)
Apostasy in the church cannot be redeemed and awaits judgment, (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; 2 Peter 2:17,21; Jude 11-15; Revelation 3:14-16).
The Lord cometh to execute judgment upon all that are ungodly among us, of all their ungodly ways and deeds which they have committed, and all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against our Lord, our God!
Nevertheless, the Lord, our God shall stand with us all of true faith and Christianity, strengthening our faith in Him; through the teachings of Scripture and the detailed account from Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, that will prevail upon the earth during the last days, (2 Timothy 3:1-9).
The Christian’s Resource from the Apostasy Predicted: – Scripture (2 Timothy 3:10-17).
Resources of The Christian
In a day of general declension and apostasy
(2 Timothy 1:12)
- Faith (1:5)
- The Spirit (1:6-7)
- The Word of God (1:13; 3:1-17; 4:3-4)
- The Grace of Christ (2:1)
- Separation from “vessels of … dishonor” (2:4, 20-21)
- The Lord’s sure reward (4:7-8)
- The Lord’s faithfulness and power (2:13, 19)
Glenda Ward is a member of Grand View Baptist Church in McDowell County. She is the mother of five grown children. Glenda is a Christian writer/author of “Something to Think About” – weekly Christian Articles. She writes Church Programs & Bulletins, VBS Material, Christmas and Easter Programs; all material based on the KJV of the Bible. Also testing the field in tributes, individual memorial writings, etc. You can read more from Glenda HERE.