Apostasy, defined within the broader context of embracing an opinion contrary to one’s previous beliefs. I’ve mention some specific people in this article…Don’t get me wrong, I don’t hate these people, I just see them as being very wrong and because they are chosen to be in the spot light they are fair game. It’s just hard to imagine that what they believe today is what they first believed when they became Christians, if they truly are saved. You’ll be challenged to find any sermons from this group and their like that talk about Jesus let alone sin and redemption, or any mention of Hell and damnation. Nope, they are more likely to talk about nonsense or topics that make you feel good.
1 Timothy 4:1
The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons
2 Timothy 3:2
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.
2 Peter 3:3-4
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this `coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Read about a grand demonic deception in Fatima Portugal, 1917 where thousands of people witnessed strange events in the sky.
Sadly, stating the Biblical Truth that Mary is NOT to be worshipped makes many people angry, but the Truth must be spoken anyhow. Read God’s Word people!!! You do not need someone else to tell you what the Bible says. All of these apparitions of Mary weeping, or statues shedding tears of oil or blood are either human inspired frauds or lies by the Devil. God has warned us that even greater deceptions than these are about to happen, which is why God says to Trust Him and His Word, NOT what you see, hear, or feel. In other words, do NOT trust experience over God’s Word which is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
Other examples of False Prophets, Apostasy and Apostates include:
The former Toronto Airport Vineyard Church: “The Toronto Blessing”, a counterfeit revival, people laugh hysterically, growl like lions and bark like dogs.
Rodney Howard-Browne: may have been the originator of the modern day slaying in the spirit and other demonic ‘Signs and Wonders’, from South Africa.
Randy Clark: brought the ‘anointing’ to America from Rodney Howard-Browne in South Africa. So called ‘Holy Laughter’, ‘Slaying in the spirit’ and other demonic ‘Signs and Wonders’. Encourages being ‘drunk in the spirit’.
Jon & Carol Arnott, formerly of the Toronto Airport Vineyard: slaying in the spirit and other demonic ‘Signs and Wonders’. Encourages being ‘drunk in the spirit’.
Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California: believes in angel feathers falling from heaven, deep involvement in ‘Signs and Wonders’ and ‘the anointing’. Encourages being ‘drunk in the spirit’.
Mike Bickle: Initially with the Kansas City Prophets and later IHOP (International House of Prayer) : deep involvement in ‘Signs and Wonders’ and ‘the anointing’, encourages being ‘drunk in the spirit’.
Todd Bentley: wrong, just plain wrong. Associates with Bob Jones.
Bob Jones: associates with Todd Bentley …no, just no.
Roman Catholic Church, Vatican City, Italy … yes, the largest Christian sect in the world is a cult if their beliefs are radically divergent from what is actually written Bible.
The highest Roman Catholic authority states:
If anyone says that the sacraments of the New Law [Roman Catholic rituals] are not necessary for salvation but … that without them … men obtain from God through faith alone the grace of justification … let him be anathema. If anyone says that in the mass a true and real sacrifice is not offered to God … let him be anathema.
If anyone says that the sacrifice of the mass is … a mere commemoration of the sacrifice consummated on the cross but not a propitiatory one … and not to be offered for … the dead, for sins … let him be anathema.
But God states very clearly in the Bible that Jesus was sacrificed once for all. That salvation is by Faith alone. Just believe that Jesus died for your sins, ask Him into your heart, turn away from your sin, read God’s Word daily, pray directly to God…He wants you to know Him.
March 29, 1994
Evangelicals & Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium (ECT).