• the rejection of Christ by someone who formerly was a Christian
• defection, departure, revolt or rebellion
• the antonym of conversion
• the theological category that describes those who have voluntarily and consciously abandoned their Faith in the God of the covenant, who manifests himself most completely in Jesus
The New Testament describes at least three apostasy dangers:
• Temptations: Christians were tempted to engage in various vices that were a part of their lives before they became Christians, such as idolatry and sexual immorality.
• Deceptions: Christians encountered various heresies and false teachings spread by false teachers and prophets that threatened to seduce them away from their pure devotion to Christ.
• Persecutions: Christians were persecuted by the governing powers of the day for their allegiance to Christ. Many Christians were threatened with certain death if they would not deny Christ.
God rejects apostasy and false teaching since every New Testament book, except Philemon, contains warnings about false teaching.
“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it [Jesus’ return] will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.” (2 Thessalonians 2:3)
Apostasy means to fall from the truth, and an apostate believed and then rejected the truth. Apostasy is a rebellion against God, because it is a rebellion against the truth. Apostasy is associated with the appearance of The Antichrist. Most Christians anticipate his arrival, but very few anticipate “the apostasy” that must come first, since the arrival of the Antichrist cannot occur until sufficient apostasy exists in the world. The Antichrist — the ultimate liar — cannot abide where the truth of God’s word is taught. The Bible says the apostasy will come first, and then the Antichrist will be revealed.
Christians must cling to the truth, and resist Liberalism, Moral Relativism and EVIL Secularism, because apostates do not enter into Heaven. A Christian becomes an apostate when he joins a non-Christian religion, like Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, or falls into unbelief, atheism, materialism, agnosticism, rationalism, indifferentism, secularism or “free-thought”.