THE APOSTASY IS NOW
There is a verse in the First Epistle of John that seems to condemn many Christians. According to this verse some of those who think they are saved are still under the threat of God's wrath. The apostle John has drawn a clear dividing line between those who know God and those who do not. He said:
"He that saith, I KNOW HIM,
and keepeth not his commandments
is a liar, and the truth is not in him."
1 John 2:4
Oh, the heartache this verse brings to those who have ears to hear. How many of our family and friends does it sentence to death? Yet that unshakeable truth was written for our protection. Those who accept what it says cannot be deceived about salvation.
Perhaps you are saying, "Well, even if I don't keep God's commandments, I am still saved because I believe." This cannot be true because Jesus said that only those who "know God" will inherit eternal life:
"And these words spake Jesus...
And this is life eternal,
that they might KNOW thee the only true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom thou has sent."
WE DO NOT COME TO "KNOW GOD" THE
MOMENT WE ARE BORN AGAIN.
If only those who "know God" will inherit eternal life;
WHEN DO WE COME TO KNOW HIM?
"And hereby we KNOW that we know Him,
IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS." 1 John 2:3 ASV
John is saying that those who fully keep God's Commandments (who are able to say "NO!" to sin) are those who have come to "know Him."
Here then are the facts that Satan carefully hides from the believer:
1. Only those who "know God" will finally inherit
2. Those who know Him, keep His commandments.
3. Those who say that they have come to know Him
and do not keep "His commandments do not
have the truth in them.
You may be sure that "His commandments" are the same Ten Commandments which were carved in stone by the "finger of God," AND the even higher Law of Love as commanded by Jesus. (John 15:12) Those who will not obey them will not come to "know God." The apostle Paul warned those who do not "know God" to expect vengeance on the day of judgment:
"...when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that KNOW NOT God."
2 Thessalonians 1:7
TRUE OR FALSE TEACHERS?
Many born again believers have not yet come to know God because they are being led astray by false teachers in the pulpit. The Bible constantly warns us to beware of false prophets, those wolves "who come to you in sheep's clothing." Doesn't it make sense that God would provide a fool-proof way to recognize them? There must be a way to see who the "wolves" are or we would be helpless before the power of Satan, the one who "deceiveth the whole world." Of course there is a way, it is just this simple:
THE MINISTERS AND PASTORS WHO HAVE
TRULY COME TO KNOW GOD WILL KEEP HIS
COMMANDMENTS AND TEACH OTHERS TO KEEP THEM!
Many born again Christians will be lost because of their blind trust in the denominational church system. They are relying on their teachers and scholars instead of trusting their Bible and Jesus Christ.
Most denominations have allowed their scholars to set aside the commandments of God in order that they may "keep their own traditions." The people themselves have chosen these leaders because they are teaching exactly what the peoples' ears are itching to hear. It has come to pass just as Paul said it would:
"For the time will come when they WILL NOT ENDURE SOUND DOCTRINE; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate or themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires; AND WILL TURN AWAY THEIR EARS FROM THE TRUTH." 2 Timothy 4:3 NAS
What is "THE TRUTH"?
The Bible teaches that "all scripture is inspired by God," therefore "THE TRUTH" must forever include God's law, for it is written in the Psalms:
"...and thy law is THE TRUTH."
"...and all thy commandments are TRUTH."
"...and thou has founded them forever."
Psalm 119:142 :151 :152
Listen to what Paul said to the Thessalonians concerning the day when Jesus shall return:
"Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not
come unless THE APOSTASY* comes first, and the
Man of LAWLESSNESS** is revealed."
2 Thessalonians 2:3 NAS
APOSTASY is from the Greek "Apostasia." It means "defection from truth." (Strong's Greek Dictionary)
The KJV translates it as "a falling away."
We are living in the midst of that "falling away." Now is the time of the Great Apostasy that is predicted by the scriptures. Most of the church system has already defected from the truth. (i.e. God's law) The leaders of the churches have failed to recognize the "Man of Lawlessness" because they do not recognize the law.
** (Man of) LAWLESSNESS is from the Greek "Anomia." It means "contempt and violation of the law, iniquity, wickedness." (Thayer's Greek Lexicon) The KJV refers to him as "The Man of Sin."
The apostle John used the same word ("Anomia") when he gave us the scriptural definition of sin. He said:
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law:
for SIN is TRANSGRESSION OF THE LAW."
Anomia 1 John 3:4
Jesus also used the word "Anomia" when He warned those who continued to sin to beware of the judgment day. He said:
"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we
not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have
cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful
And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you:
depart* from me,
YE THAT WORK INIQUITY."
Anomian Matt 7:21-23
(i.e. depart from me, ye that transgress
the law of God.)
I pray that all of the readers who call Jesus "LORD" will take heed. No matter how good your intentions, no matter how sincere your "faith," if you do not keep His commandments, you are the one Jesus is warning.
The seduction of the churches had already begun even as the apostles were spreading the Gospel. Paul also used the word "Anomia" when he cautioned the Thessalonians. He said:
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work:
Anomia 2 Thessalonians 2:7
Therefore, each believer must constantly test his teacher's doctrine for any sign of the "Man of Sin." Remember, Satan will show himself to believers as an "angel of light," and his servants will seem to be "ministers of righteousness." (2 Cor. 11:14) The evil one works under the cover of goodness, and thrives on the word "love." His teachers are the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. They will cover a pint of poison for a river of good. But they can be found out, for the teachers who know God, keep His commandments.
Many who stand in the pulpit have already been led astray by false teachers in high places. For example, those ministers who say that a believer may keep his sins (i.e. be a "carnal Christian") and still inherit eternal life are teaching the principles of lawlessness.
Beware, for there can be no compromise with God's truth. Those who accept the devil's lies will be lost. Paul warned the churches about the fate of those who would not love and obey "the truth."
He said they were those who would perish:
"because they received not the LOVE OF THE TRUTH,
that they might be saved." 2 Thessalonians 2:10
"But unto them that are contentious and do not OBEY
THE TRUTH, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and
wrath." Romans 2:8
THY LAW IS THE TRUTH." Psalm 119:142
I hope that whenever the reader sees the words "the truth," he will immediately think: "God's law." If you do, Satan will never be able to deceive you. He and his workers are continually trying to lead us into apostasy through sin. Without God's law we have no measure of good and evil, but if we walk in the light of the Ten Commandments, then we are always able to make the right choices, because:
GOD'S WILL NEVER CONFLICTS WITH GOD'S LAW
We may also be sure that the Holy Spirit will never lead us to do something that would cause us to break any of God's commandments.
When we learn to trust the law of God as the only reliable measuring stick of truth, then the deceptions of the devil become as visible as a man waving a red flag. Anyone who
teaches against keeping God's law in any way, shape or form is either a deceiver or has been deceived.
A good example of this deception is the school of dispensationalism (Scofield, etc.) which teaches that we no longer need to obey God's law because we are under the "dispensation of grace." By this device they ever so smoothly set aside the obligation to obey the Ten Commandments. There it is! The "red flag." No matter what they call it, the fact remains that they have turned away from the truth. There are others who teach that the law was only for the Jews (even the "Sermon on the Mount"). There it is again, the red flag of lawlessness. To say that the Old Testament is not for "today's church" is just another way to get around God's law.
One of the most popular modern day "prophets", Hal Lindsey, has gone so far as to say that those who teach obedience to God's law are teaching "doctrines of demons." In his book, "Satan is Alive and Well On Planet Earth," he said: "...seeking to live for God by the principle of the law is the first and worst doctrine of demons." On the contrary, God's word says:
"Blessed are the undefiled in the way,
who WALK IN THE LAW of the Lord."
No matter how big the church, no matter how many scriptures they use to prove their doctrine, look for the red flag. If they have set aside even a part of God's law, they have turned away from the truth. By the way, the Sabbath is the fourth commandment. To deny it is to deny the God that has declared the seventh day to be holy. The Epistle of James teaches that there is one law with ten parts. If you refuse to obey any part of it, you are refusing the authority of the lawgiver. James wrote:
"For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet
offend in one, he is guilty of all. For He that said, "Do
not commit adultery," said also, "Do not kill."
He that said, "Do not kill" also said:
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy....the
SEVENTH day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God."
Exodus 20:8, 10
Another red flag appears every time we are told that we are unable to keep the Ten Commandments. How could that be true? The apostle Paul taught that by the power of God, we who believe are able to obey that which we choose. He said:
"his servants ye are whom ye obey; whether of SIN
UNTO DEATH, or of obedience unto righteousness?"
In order to excuse disobedience to God's commandments, many will say, "Jesus is my righteousness!" John has already answered this deception:
"Little children, let no man deceive you:
HE THAT DOETH RIGHTEOUSNESS IS RIGHTEOUS."
1 John 3:7
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest,...
I FOREWARN you, even as I did forewarn you,
that they who practice such things SHALL NOT
Galatians , 21 ASV
If you look closely you can see the red flag of lawlessness, because what they are really saying is that you may keep doing your sins and still inherit eternal life. Or as Satan suggested to Eve: "Don't worry Eve, even if you eat the forbidden fruit” ye shall not surely die."
That is Satan's message to all Christians, "ye
shall not surely die!" Do not be deceived,
only the righteous who have conquered sin by the power of the Holy Spirit will