Apostasy consists of renouncing a particular religion or certain religious beliefs, for example converting to another religion or defying and rebelling against some beliefs or practices. Paul wrote “the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared.” (1 Tim 4:1-2)
An apostate teacher or preacher is disguised “as an angel of light” but teaches is apostasy or the doctrine of demons. Paul would identify “such men false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Cor 11:13-15)
If a Christian is not growing in biblical knowledge his power of Discernment is not trained by constant practice in the Word and cannot distinguish good from evil teachings. “They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.” (Titus 1:16) Anyone can profess Christ but not all possess true faith in Him and His teachings. The best way to avoid apostasy is reading and studying the Bible, because the best way to identify the counterfeit is to know the genuine article.
The Liturgy of the Word during Mass is an excellent forum to learn the genuine Word, but assemblies are shrinking, and churches are closing. Where did the believers go? Are they heeding to Apostasy? It is pervasive and Satan is very active, particularly with the youth. Angels will gather persons of our generation living in the state of grace at Christ Second Coming to enter directly into God’s Kingdom. Seize this outpouring of Grace!